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Champions League Permutations: Who Needs What?

After four rounds of Champions League football, only one club, Barcelona, are officially through to the knockout stages. Here is a look at what other teams could possible be joining the La Liga Champions in the knockout stages:

Group E: AEK Athens (0 points) v Ajax (8) [18:55CET], Bayern München (10) v Benfica (4)

  • Bayern will be through 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.
  • AEK can still finish third but need to get to within three points of Benfica before they face off on matchday six.

Group F: Lyon (6) v Manchester City (9), Hoffenheim (3) v Shakhtar Donetsk (2)

  • Manchester 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. Shakhtar will be confirmed in fourth place if they lose.

Group G: CSKA Moskva (4) v Viktoria Plzeň (1), Roma (9) v Real Madrid (9)

  • Roma will clinch a round of 16 place with a draw or if CSKA fail to win.
  • Madrid will clinch a round of 16 place as group winners with victory. They will also be through regardless of their result 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 (9) v Valencia (5), Manchester United (7) v Young Boys (1)

  • Juventus will be through with a draw or if Manchester United lose.
  • Man. United will be through if they win and Valencia do not.
  • Valencia will be out of contention for a top-two finish if they do not win and United do.
  • Young Boys must win to have any chance of a third-place finish.

Group A: Atlético Madrid (9 points) v Monaco (1), Borussia Dortmund (9) v Club Brugge (4)

  • Dortmund will be through with a draw. Dortmund will clinch first place 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: Tottenham Hotspur (4) v Internazionale Milano (7), PSV Eindhoven (1) v Barcelona (10)

  • Barcelona are through, and will clinch first place in the group 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 (6) v Red Star Belgrade (4), Paris Saint-Germain (5) v Liverpool (6)

  • Liverpool will be through if they win and Red Star do not beat Napoli.
  • Napoli will be through if they win and Paris do not beat Liverpool.
  • Paris 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 Moskva (0) v Galatasaray (4), Porto (10) v Schalke (8)

  • Porto will be through with a draw, or if Galatasaray fail to win. Porto clinch first place with victory.
  • Schalke will be through with a win, 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.

Matchday 5: 27-28 November

Matchday 6: 11-12 December