Tuesday sees the beginning of Gameweek 5 of the Champions League. There are some crunch matches across Europe as teams fight to preserve or guarantee their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages on the road to Cardiff. Will the pressure of qualification affect your bets? Here’s who stands where.
Champions League Group A Tips and Analysis
Arsenal take on Paris St-Germain with both teams safe in the knowledge that they have already qualified for the knockout phase. The match isn’t quite a dead rubber however as the top team in the group is seeded for the round of 16 draw and will play the second leg of their round of 16 fixture at home.
As Arsenal and PSG are level on points a victory should almost be enough to secure a home tie. The other two teams in the group Ludogorets Razgrad and FC Basel will in turn be fighting for third place and entry into the Europa League round of 32.
Champions League Group B Tips and Analysis
Three teams can finish in the top two places in Group B as it stands. Napoli host Dynamo Kiev knowing that a win will guarantee them a place in the final 16, regardless of the other result in the group. For Besiktas and Benfica it’s a little more complicated; if Benfica can win in Turkey then they will definitely qualify for the next round while Besiktas need to win and then hope they can achieve a positive result in Kiev in Gameweek 6 to grab their own spot.
Champions League Group C Tips and Analysis
Barcelona travel to Glasgow knowing that a win will not only guarantee their participation in the knockout phase but also virtually ensure that finish top and are seeded in the draw. Manchester City face Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany with the knowledge that a win there would guarantee their participation in the group stages.
A Gladbach victory would mean they were not out of it but would still have the daunting task of going to Barcelona and matching Man City’s result at home to Celtic.
Champions League Group D Tips and Analysis
Atletico Madrid go into Gameweek 5 with a perfect record and have already qualified for the knockout phases. A win would almost guarantee them seeded status in the next round.
Bayern Munich know anything less than a victory would hand Atletico top spot in the group on a plate going into the final week. Both Eindhoven and FC Rostov will be looking for positive results ahead of their final Gameweek matchup with a place in the Europa League up for grabs
Champions League Group E Tips and Analysis
Monaco lead Group E and know that a victory over Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur would put them through as group winners and condemn Spurs to a shootout with CKSA Moscow for third place.
Leverkusen face CSKA Moscow knowing that a win for them coupled with anything but a Spurs win sees them go through too. Spurs on the other hand have to win and hope that Leverkusen struggle in Moscow to give them any chance of making it through in Gameweek 6.
Champions League Group F Tips and Analysis
Borussia Dortmund have already qualified from the group and will win it if they beat Legia Warsaw at Westfalenstadion. A draw at home to Sporting Lisbon would be enough to see Real Madrid qualify in second place.
The Merengues will be hoping for an upset in Germany as that coupled with a win over Lisbon would give them the chance to win the group against Dortmund at the Bernabeu.
Champions League Group G Tips and Analysis
Victory for Premier League champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium against Club Brugge would see the Foxes win their Champions League group in their debut season in the competition.
Porto can seal their own qualification if they can beat Copenhagen in Denmark and would condemn the Danes to the Europa League.Club Brugge are almost certain to finish bottom of the group regardless having lost their first four games.
Champions League Group H Tips and Analysis
Sevilla face Juventus knowing that a point would confirm their qualification for the knockout phases while Juventus will know a win would do the same for them. However, should Lyon get beaten in Croatia by Dynamo Zagreb, both Sevilla and Juventus fighting it out for top spot.
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