Today and tomorrow are the last group games in the UEFA Champions League. Only 16 teams advance to the knockout round of home and away aggregate scoring. With 14 spots already locked up, very few issues remain other than seeding — who will win the groups and who will be the 2 seeds. There are some battles for the (3) spot, which earns a berth into Europa League. Here is a rundown of all of the groups:
Porto and PSG both advance but they are only 1 point in difference (13 for Porto to 12 for PSG). They play today in Paris. If PSG wins, they get the (1) seed. If the tie or Porto wins, Porto gets the (1).
Arsenal travels to Greece to play Olympiacos showing 10 points while Shalke travels to France to play Montpelier showing 11 points. A win by Shalke and they take the (1). Arsenal can get the (1) if they win and Shalke loses or ties or if they tie and Shalke loses.
Malaga have qualified as Group winners. Milan are through as runners up. The only thing on the line is the Eurpa League berth as RSC Anderlecht and Zenit St. P are tied.
Dortmund are through as group winners due to their H2H over Madrid, who are through as runners up. Man City and Ajax are bot in contention for a Europa league.
Those are all the games today. Here are the games tomorrow:
Group E (Very interesting games tomorrow)
Shakhtar are through with 10 points but the other team is up for grabs. Juventus is in good form and sit only 1 point behind Shakhtar. Juventus needs a result in Ukraine. Can they do it? Chelsea will be watching because they host bottom feeders Nordsjaelland, a game they should win, and look to move on if Juventus fails to at least draw. The team failing to pass through are in the Europa league.
Bayern and Valencia are both through with 10 points. Bayern wins H2H and gets (1) if they at least match points with Valencia.
Barcelona are through as Group Winners but the runner up is up for grabs. Celtic and Benfica are tied with (7) – Celtic hosts Spartak Moskva while Benfica travel to Barca. Odds are in Celtic’s favor.
Manchester United are through as Group Winners but the runner up is another question. Cluj travel to Old Trafford with 7 points while Galatassaray travel to Braga with 7 too. One will move on, one will be in Europa.
So, even though today there are no matches where the results matter, Arsenal surely need to correct their form and will be looking to bounce back from a home whipping by Swansea. Wenger is under fire and certainly he will look for something positive out of the match. At the same time, Dortmund v. Man City will still be fun – Man City needs points to qualify for Europa.