Champions League 2018-19 guide: Barcelona are already through to the Uefa Champions League knockout stages but who will join the Spanish giants in the last-16?
Manchester City and Manchester United will hope that results go their way in Tuesday’s matchday five fixtures. While on Wednesday Tottenham must win to stay in contention in group B and Liverpool will look to qualify from group C.
Champions League 2018-19 guide: Matchday five fixtures
Tuesday 27 November
Group E: AEK Athens v Ajax , Bayern v Benfica
Group F: Lyon v Manchester City, Hoffenheim v Shakhtar Donetsk
Group G: CSKA Moskva v Plzen, Roma v Real Madrid
Group H: Juventus v Valencia, Manchester United v Young Boys
Wednesday 28 November
Group A: Atlético v Monaco, Dortmund v Club Brugge
Group B: Tottenham v Internazionale, PSV v Barcelona
Group C: Napoli v Crvena zvezda, Paris v Liverpool
Group D: Lokomotiv Moskva v Galatasaray, Porto v Schalke
Three things to look out for this week
1) The matchday one meeting between Liverpool and Paris lived up to its billing, Roberto Firmino’s late goal giving Jürgen Klopp’s side what could prove to be a crucial win in the final reckoning. That reckoning is drawing closer and if Liverpool triumph in the French capital while Napoli do likewise against Crvena zvezda, then Paris will not be able to reach the last 16. To prevent that happening Thomas Tuchel must finally turn the tables on Klopp in Europe – in three continental encounters between the coaches, the Liverpool boss is yet to taste defeat (W2 D1).
2) The equation for Tottenham at Wembley is as simple as it comes: to retain any hope of qualification, Spurs must beat Internazionale, who scored twice late on in the reverse fixture to claim a 2-1 win. “In Milan we played better than them and I think we can beat them,” said Mauricio Pochettino after his side left it late to see off PSV last time out; even so, a draw will suffice for the Italians, who have not reached the knockout stage since 2011/12. A further subplot comes in the shape of a second meeting between Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi, two of the competition’s form strikers.
3) After hitting a CSKA Moskva-shaped bump in the road on matchday two, holders Real Madrid bounced back with consecutive wins against Viktoria Plzeň and will secure top spot in Group G with victory in Rome. Their record against Roma in the Italian capital (W4 L1) augurs well to that end, but the Giallorossi have won their last seven at home in the UEFA Champions League, only conceding twice in the process.
Who can qualify? Who will get knocked out? We look at the permutations from the Champions League group stage, according to Uefa.
Group E: AEK Athens vs. Ajax; Bayern Munich vs. Benfica
- Bayern will qualify if they draw and will clinch first place if they win and Ajax do not
- Ajax will be through with a victory or if Benfica fail to win
- Benfica must win to maintain a chance of a top-two finish
Group F: Lyon vs. Manchester City; 1899 Hoffenheim vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
- Man City will be through with a draw and will clinch first place with a win
- Lyon will be through with a win. A draw will be enough if the other game is also drawn due to their better head-to-head over Hoffenheim
- Hoffenheim will be out of contention for a top-two finish if they lose, or if they draw and Lyon avoid defeat. A win keeps Hoffenheim in contention regardless of the other result
- Shakhtar will be out of contention for a top-two finish if Lyon win or if both games are drawn. If they lose Shakhtar will finish fourth
Group G: CSKA Moscow vs. Viktoria Plzen; Roma vs. Real Madrid
- Roma will qualify with a draw or if CSKA fail to win
- Real Madrid will qualify as group winners with victory. They will also be through if CSKA fail to win
- CSKA must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish
- Plzeň must avoid defeat to stay in contention for a third-place finish
Group H: Juventus vs. Valencia; Man Utd vs. Young Boys
- Juventus will be through with a draw or if Man Utd lose.
- United will qualify if they win and Valencia do not
- Young Boys must win to have any chance of a third-place finish
Group A: Atlético Madrid vs. Monaco; Borussia Dortmund vs. Club Brugge
- Dortmund will be through with a draw
- Dortmund will finish first if they win and Atlético lose
- Atlético will be through if they win, or if Club Brugge fail to gain victory
- Club Brugge must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish
- Monaco can finish third but must reduce their gap to Brugge below three points
Group B: PSV Eindhoven vs. Barcelona; Tottenham Hotspur vs. Inter Milan
- Barcelona are through. They will secure first place with a win, or a draw if Inter do not beat Spurs
- Inter will be through with a draw
- Spurs must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish
- PSV can finish third but must reduce their gap to Spurs below three points
Group C: Napoli vs. Red Star Belgrade; Paris Saint-Germain vs. Liverpool
- Liverpool will be through if they win and Red Star do not beat Napoli
- Napoli will be through if they win and PSG do not beat Liverpool
- PSG will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose and Napoli win
- Red Star will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose
Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Galatasaray; FC Porto vs. FC Schalke 04
- Porto will be through with a draw, or if Galatasaray fail to win
- Porto will secure first place with a win
- Schalke will be through with a victory, or if Galatasaray fail to beat Lokomotiv
- Galatasaray must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish
- Lokomotiv are still able to finish in third place but must win to remain in contention
When and where’s the final?
Saturday 1 June 2019 at 21:00CET, at Atlético’s home – the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid.