Champions League Matchday 6 preview: Man United, Actual Madrid may bow out in pivotal week

The Champions League group stage has reached its climax, with seven locations within the spherical of 16 nonetheless up for grabs.

How teams can qualify for round of 16

The essential motion is available in Group H as Man United, PSG and RB Leipzig struggle it out for the 2 locations, whereas Borussia Monchengladbach, Inter Milan, Actual Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk are in a titanic battle in Group B.

With that in thoughts, we run you thru all of the motion forward of what guarantees to be one other unpredictable, dramatic week of Champions League motion. Who will seal their locations within the knockout levels?

Leap to teams:
Wednesday’s matches: A | B | C | D
Tuesday’s matches: E | F | G | H


Standings: Bayern (13 pts), Atletico Madrid (6 pts), FC Salzburg (4 pts), Lokomotiv Moscow (3 pts)

BAYERN MUNICH vs. LOKOMOTIV MOSCOW

Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Reigning champions Bayern Munich are already by way of as group winners so coach Hansi Flick might choose to rotate his squad following their 3-3 draw with RB Leipzig on the weekend. English wunderkind Jamal Musiala scored alongside a brace from Thomas Muller in opposition to Leipzig leaving Bayern on the high of the Bundesliga. They’ve Javi Martinez, Alphonso Davies, Jerome Boateng, Lucas Hernandez and Joshua Kimmich all out injured however ought to have an excessive amount of for Lokomotiv.

Lokomotiv might but want a lead to Munich to safe a spot within the Europa League and can take coronary heart from their 3-1 win over Rubin Kazan on the weekend the place Vladislav Ignatyev scored twice. They’ve Mikhail Lysov, Dmitri Barinov, Daniil Kulikov, Ze Luis and Feder Smolov all out injured.

FC SALZBURG vs. ATLETICO MADRID

Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Each Salzburg and Atletico have a shot at reaching the knockouts, with the Austrians needing to beat Diego Simeone’s facet to undergo. Jesse Marsch’s Salzburg suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Flyeralarm Admira on the weekend however will hope for extra of the identical from their final Champions League match the place they received 3-1 at Lokomotiv. Antoine Bernede misses out by way of harm whereas Noah Okafor is a doubt.

Atletico beat Real Valladolid 2-0 on Saturday with Thomas Lemar and Marcos Llorente scoring. They’ve conceded simply two objectives in 10 La Liga video games so Salzburg may have it robust to get by way of the Atletico defence. Simeone’s facet will probably be with out Yannick Carrasco, Jose Gimenez and Diego Costa however will probably be favourites to undergo.


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Standings: Borussia Monchengladbach (8 pts), Shakhtar Donetsk (7 pts), Actual Madrid (7 pts), Inter (5 pts)

INTER MILAN vs. SHAKHTAR DONETSK

Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

This group is superbly poised with all 4 groups nonetheless hopeful of gate-crashing the knockout levels.

Internazionale will undergo to the knockouts in the event that they beat Shakhtar Donetsk and the Actual-Borussia match doesn’t finish in a draw. They received 3-1 on Saturday in opposition to Bologna with Romelu Lukaku scoring and Achraf Hakimi grabbing a brace. Aleksandar Kolarov and Matias Vecino are unavailable.

Shakhtar will progress in the event that they win in Milan and journey with loads of confidence having received 5-1 over Mynai on the weekend with Fernando, Manor Solomon and Mykola Matviyenko all scoring alongside a pair of personal objectives. Shakhtar drew 0-0 with Inter first day out, and will probably be with out Ismaily, Viktor Kornienko, Yevgen Konoplyanaka and Junior Moraes. Inter ought to have an excessive amount of for the guests right here.

REAL MADRID vs. BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH

Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Actual Madrid’s topsy-turvy season continued with a 1-0 win at Sevilla win on the weekend, due to a Yassine Bounou own-goal, however the stress’s on Zinedine Zidane’s facet to get a outcome in opposition to the spectacular Borussia Monchengladbach. Sergio Ramos may play whereas Dani Carvajal has trainedm however Eden Hazard, Martin Odegaard and Federico Valverde will all miss out.

Gladbach drew 2-2 at Freiburg on Saturday with Breel Embolo and Alassane Plea scoring. They misplaced to Inter Milan within the final spherical, however know they might want a draw to undergo. Jonas Hofmann and Ramy Bensebaini will each miss out for Marco Rose’s facet however there’s a slim likelihood Nico Elvedi returns. We expect Zidane will pull this one out of the hat and Madrid will progress.

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Standings: Man Metropolis (13 pts), FC Porto (10 pts), Olympiakos (3 pts), Marseille (3 pts)

MANCHESTER CITY vs. MARSEILLE

Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Pep Guardiola’s facet are by way of as group winners so count on some rotation in opposition to Andre Villas-Boas’ workforce. Metropolis noticed off Fulham on the weekend 2-0 due to objectives from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, leaving Metropolis sixth within the Premier League. They’ve Sergio Aguero nonetheless out injured however Guardiola’s workforce ought to see off Marseille.

Marseille will probably be hoping to get a lead to Manchester to guide a spot within the Europa League and can journey over the Channel buoyed by their 2-0 win at Nimes on Friday. Dario Benedetto and Valere Germain each scored of their Ligue 1 victory and Villas-Boas solely has winger Nemanja Radonjic absent.

OLYMPIAKOS vs. FC PORTO

Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Like Marseille, Olympiakos will probably be gunning for third and qualification to the Europa League and received 4-1 in opposition to Volos in Tremendous League Greece on Saturday. Youssef El-Arabi grabbed a hat trick in that snug win, and they’ll fancy their probabilities in opposition to Porto on Wednesday. Veteran midfielder Mathieu Valbuena misses out by way of harm.

FC Porto drew with Metropolis final day out and edged previous Tondela on the weekend in a 4-3 thriller. They’d Mateus Uribe despatched off late on, however moved third within the Primeira Liga due to Moussa Marega’s double and different objectives from Zaidu Sanusi and Mehdi Taremi. Ivan Marcano and Pepe each miss out. We expect this can finish in a draw with Olympiakos taking third spot.


Standings: Liverpool (12 pts), Ajax (8 pts), Atalanta (7 pts), FC Midtjylland (1 pts)

FC MIDTJYLLAND vs. LIVERPOOL

Wednesday, 12:55 p.m. ET / 5:55 p.m. GMT

Danish champions FC Midtjylland will end on the foot of Group D whereas Liverpool head into the knockouts as group winners so hopefully this’ll result in an expansive, end-to-end match. Midtjylland received 2-0 at Vejle BK on Saturday with Erik Sviatchenko and Alexander Scholz scoring. Liverpool breezed previous Wolves 4-0 on Sunday with Jurgen Klopp juggling his squad with precision. Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum and Joel Matip all scored, alongside a Nelson Semedo personal aim, however count on Klopp to shuffle his pack once more for Wednesday’s journey to Denmark.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez stay long-term absentees whereas James Milner can also be sidelined, however Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita returned of their win over Wolves. Liverpool ought to have an excessive amount of for the hosts.

AJAX vs. ATALANTA

Wednesday, 12:55 p.m. ET / 5:55 p.m. GMT

This will probably be one of many video games of Matchday 6 with every thing on the road as Atalanta journey to Ajax. If Atalanta keep away from defeat, they’re going to undergo to the knockout levels however a win for Ajax will see them leapfrog the Italians into second.

Ajax suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at residence to Twente on Saturday with Dusan Tadic’s second-half penalty not sufficient to earn some extent, in order that they’ll hope to fare higher in opposition to Gian Piero Gasperini’s facet. Noussair Mazraoui, David Neres and Mohammed Kudus are all prone to be unavailable.

Atalanta’s match at Udinese on the weekend was known as off resulting from a waterlogged pitch so their earlier match was the 1-1 draw at residence to Midtjylland final week. Mattia Caldara and Robin Gosens will each miss out. We expect this can finish in a draw, with Atalanta going by way of.


Standings: Chelsea (13 pts), Sevilla (10 pts), Krasnodar (4 pts), Rennes (1 pt)

CHELSEA vs. KRASNODAR

Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Chelsea will high Group E and impressed on the weekend of their 3-1 win over Leeds with objectives from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic. Giroud now has 5 in two, following his four-goal haul in opposition to Sevilla, and Hakim Ziyech is Chelsea’s solely injured participant.

Krasnodar swiped apart Rotor 5-0 on the weekend due to braces from Ari and Viktor Claesson, and one other aim from Magomed Suleymanov. They’re already safe in third spot on this group. They are going to be with out Dmitri Stotskiy and Sergey Petrov and can do properly to get something out of this journey to Stamford Bridge.

STADE RENNES vs. SEVILLA

Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

This group’s standings are cemented with Rennes ending fourth, and Sevilla going by way of as runners-up. Rennes’ Champions League marketing campaign has been disappointing and so they fell to a 2-0 defeat at residence to Lens on the weekend to go away them ninth in Ligue 1. Supervisor Julien Stephan stated afterwards he was involved by the workforce’s “unfavorable spiral” and stated they need to behave like they’re in a “struggle in opposition to relegation.” Rennes have quite a lot of harm issues with Daniele Rugani, Jonas Martin, Nayef Aguerd, Serhou Guirassy, Martin Terrier and Alfred Gomis all absent.

Sevilla misplaced 1-0 at residence to Real Madrid on the weekend and have Marcos Aruna, Sergio Escudero, Munir and Tomas Vaclik all injured whereas Jesus Navas and Joan Jordan are rested. However they’re already by way of in second and may get a lead to France.


Standings: Dortmund (10 pts), Lazio (9 pts), Membership Brugge (7 pts), Zenit (1 pt)

LAZIO vs. CLUB BRUGGE

Tuesday, 12.55 p.m. ET / 5.55 p.m. GMT

Something apart from defeat will see Lazio by way of and so they’ll hope to hold momentum into Tuesday’s recreation from their 2-1 win over Spezia on Saturday. Ciro Immobile grabbed his tenth of the season alongside one other from the extremely gifted Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Senad Lulic and Vedat Muriqi are each unavailable for Tuesday’s match however we count on Lazio to complete this group with a victory.

Club Brugge edged previous Sint-Truiden 1-0 on Saturday due to David Okereke’s second-half aim. They beat Zenit 3-0 final day out and have a totally match squad for the journey to Rome.

ZENIT ST. PETERSBURG vs. BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Tuesday, 12.55 p.m. ET / 5.55 p.m. GMT

Zenit hammered Ural Yekaterinburg 5-1 on Saturday within the Russian Premier League with Sardar Azmoun scoring a hat trick alongside objectives from Artem Dzyuba and Douglas Santos. Dejan Lovren is out injured and can miss Tuesday’s recreation.

Borussia Dortmund are struggling for objectives with out the injured Erling Haaland and wanted an excellent effort from Gio Reyna to seize a draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Borussia Dortmund are already by way of to the spherical of 16 and can need to end high of the group however should do it with out Manuel Akanji, Raphael Guerreiro, Thomas Delaney, Marcel Schmelzer and Haaland. We are able to see this ending all-square.


Standings: Barcelona (15 pts), Juventus (12 pts), Dynamo Kiev (1 pt), Ferencvaros (1 pt)

BARCELONA vs. JUVENTUS

Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

It is a tantalising battle between two European giants for the highest spot in Group G – and we’re all hoping to see Lionel Messi up in opposition to Cristiano Ronaldo. However Barcelona head into this conflict off the again of spectacular European kind, however a dismal efficiency within the league as they misplaced 2-1 to Cadiz on Saturday. Ronald Koeman has rotated Messi of their final two European video games and he ought to begin however Barcelona’s harm listing is ever-lengthening with Ousmane Dembele out with a hamstring harm. Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto are all long-term absentees whereas Ronald Araujo ought to come again into the facet.

Juventus want a victory to high Group G and edged previous native rivals Torino on the weekend in Serie A, successful 2-1 due to objectives from Weston McKennie and Leonardo Bonucci. They sit fourth within the Italian high flight and will probably be with out veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defenders Merih Demiral and Giorgio Chiellini. Nothing will separate these sides on Tuesday night.

DYNAMO KIEV vs. FERENCVAROS

Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

It is a battle for the Europa League spot, which Dynamo Kiev will take in the event that they keep away from defeat. Dynamo beat Mariupol 2-1 on the weekend due to objectives from Denys Harmash and Viktor Tsyhankov, whereas Ferencvaros received at Diosgyori 3-1. Dynamo will probably be with out Oleksandr Tymchyk, Nazariy Rusyn, Mikkel Duelund, Mykyta Burda and Volodymyr Kostevych whereas Ferencvaros are at full-strength.


Standings: Man United (9 pts), PSG (9 pts), RB Leipzig (9 pts), Istanbul Basaksehir (3 pts)

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs. ISTANBUL BASAKSEHIR

Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

This group is evenly poised with three groups all in with a shout of getting by way of to the knockout levels.

PSG know a win over Istanbul Basaksehir will see them guide their spot within the spherical of 16 and so they received 3-1 at Montpellier on Saturday due to objectives from Colin Dagba, Moise Kean and Kylian Mbappe. Juan Bernat will miss out by way of harm, whereas Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler and Pablo Sarabia are additionally doubts, however Thomas Tuchel will probably recall Neymar to the beginning line-up.

Basaksehir misplaced 4-3 to Leipzig on Matchday 5, and drew 1-1 at Yani Malatyaspor on Saturday with Giuliano de Paula scoring. Martin Skrtel is suspended whereas Basaksehir may also be with out Boli Bolingoli, Alexandru Epureanu, Mehmet Topal and Ifran Kahveci. PSG ought to win this comfortably.

RB LEIPZIG vs. MANCHESTER UNITED

Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Manchester United must keep away from defeat in Leipzig to undergo, whereas Julian Nagelsmann’s facet will probably be on the lookout for revenge having misplaced the return recreation 5-0 at Outdated Trafford.

Leipzig are enjoying some fantastic soccer in the meanwhile and precipitated Bayern Munich all kinds of problem of their 3-3 draw on Saturday. Christopher Nkunku, Justin Kluivert and Emil Forsberg all scored in opposition to Bayern however Nagelsmann’s facet will probably be with out Benjamin Henrichs, Hwang Hee-Chan, Lukas Klostermann and Konrad Laimer for Tuesday’s match, whereas Dayot Upamecano is suspended.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United got here from behind to win 3-1 at West Ham on Saturday due to objectives from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford. They are going to be with out suspended Fred, who noticed pink in opposition to PSG of their 3-1 defeat final week, whereas Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani and Phil Jones are all absent. David de Gea stays uncertain with Dean Henderson available to deputise in aim. We expect this can finish in a win for Leipzig.

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