A 3-0 win at Camp Nou in September leaves the La Liga giants in pole position, while another defeat for the Old Lady could set up a edge of the seat finish in the group stage and both team will look to book their berth for the knockout stage as the leaders of the group. Gerard Pique is back for Barcelona after serving a one-match suspension, a boost with Paulo Dybala looking to emulate his two-goal show against the same opposition last season. Juventus has an impeccable record at home in Champions League as they have not lost anything since Bayern Munich triumphed 2-0 in April 2013.
Jurgen Klopp’s men sit top of the group after two morale-boosting wins against minnows Maribor, but their real test will come in the final two game weeks. Liverpool top the group by one point with two games to play, but could drop out of the qualification spots for the last-16 if results go against them on Tuesday night. With Spartak Moscow likely to beat Maribor, Liverpool must get a result in Seville to avoid a shootout for the knockout stages with the Russians in the final gameweek.
With just one goal conceded after four games, United are firmly in pole position but face a Swiss side sitting in second place and level on points with third-placed CSKA Moscow. A slip up for Basel – who have Taulant Xhaka is suspended for the game – could see them facing elimination, with a trip to Benfica on the final matchday, while United are averaging more than two goals a game. United have not always had it their own way against Basel, being knocked out of the Champions League group stage by Wednesday’s opponents five years ago.
Pep Guardiola’s side have a perfect record from their opening four Group F games this season, scoring 12 goals in the process as well as winning home and away against Serie A leaders Napoli. Feyenoord have already been knocked out of the Champions League following four straight defeats, but can still qualify for the Europa League if Napoli slip up in the last two gameweeks. With City already home and dry – and three points ahead of second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk – Guardiola may be tempted to hand starts to a few promising youngsters as he juggles his squad ahead of a hectic festive fixture list.
A loss at Wembley Stadium to a rampant Tottenham side last time out was the holders’ first defeat in the group stage for five years. The Cypriot outfit earned deserved draws with Borussia Dortmund in the previous two matchdays but face an uphill battle to secure Europa League qualification. With Spurs playing an away game in Germany, Real Madrid will be hoping results go their way in the pursuit of a top-of-the-group finish ahead of the knockout stage.
The Azerbaijan outfit were thrashed 6-0 by Chelsea when these two teams met earlier in the tournament but have hold their own very faint hopes of a last-16 place after holding Atletico Madrid to back-to-back draws. Antonio Conte is unlikely to rotate, especially with Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda still sidelined, but David Luiz will be hoping for a reprieve after being left out of Chelsea’s previous two games.
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Europa League: Already through Arsenal aims for a top spot in Group H, whereas Koln could be eliminated if they fail to record a second straight home win
Koln may need to make it two home wins on successive matchdays if they are to stay in contention to qualify from UEFA Europa League Group H, whereas already-qualified Arsenal know that if they avoid defeat in the Cathedral City, top spot in the group is theirs.
Koln’s record in 13 encounters with English clubs is W2 D4 L7 (W2 D1 L3 at home). Among their home defeats was a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in the second leg of the 1978/79 European Cup semi-final – a result that denied them a place in the final following a 3-3 draw in Nottingham.
Disgruntled Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez gave a reminder to his club that how important he is as fans were beginning to prepare for life without him. The Chilean displayed a great performance against cross-town rivals Tottenham as Arsenal cruised to comfortable 2-0 victory. He will look forward to continue his fiery performance in the Europa league against FC Koln
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