UCL Preview: Seven knockout phase spots up for grabs as group stage closes

UCL Preview: Seven knockout phase spots up for grabs as group stage closes

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UCL Preview: Seven knockout phase spots up for grabs as group stage closes

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Seven remaining spots in the knockout phase, that’s what’s at stake for 13 prospective clubs in the UEFA Champions League this week as the group stage comes to a close.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, VfL Wolfsburg, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, Olympiacos, FC Porto, BATE Borisov, Dynamo Kiev and KAA Gent are all still in the race to advance, while clubs like Borussia Mönchengladbach, Sevilla,Galatasaray, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmö FF, CSKA Moscow and Astana could secure a third-place finish and join the UEFA Europa League.

To assure advancement, here is what the 13 still-eligible clubs must do this week:

  • Manchester United: A win would allow the club to advance as Group B winners.
  • Chelsea: A draw is enough to guarantee a second-place finish.
  • Arsenal: Must defeat Olympiacos by any result apart from 1-0 or 2-1.
  • Bayer Leverkusen: Need to win and for AS Roma to draw or lose.
  • Roma: Win, or any other result if Leverkusen fails to pick up three points.
  • VfL Wolfsburg: A draw will give the club at least second place.
  • PSV Eindhoven: Win, or draw if Manchester United lose.
  • Valencia: Need to win and for KAA Gent to draw or lose.
  • Olympiacos: Do not lose to Arsenal by any margin other than 1-0 or 2-1.
  • FC Porto: A win over Chelsea would give the club first place in Group G, so would a draw if Dynamo Kiev does not win.
  • BATE Borisov: Need to win and for Bayer Leverkusen to draw or lose.
  • Dynamo Kiev: A win, coupled with a FC Porto-Chelsea draw, would allow the club to win Group G on goal difference.
  • KAA Gent: Need to win and for Valencia to draw or lose.

Here is rundown of all the UCL action this week:

TUESDAY

2:45 p.m. — Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports Go/Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go — VfL Wolfsburg vs. Manchester United

2:45 p.m. — Fox Sports 2/Fox Sports Go/ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Manchester City vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach

2:45 p.m. — WatchESPN/ESPN Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go — Real Madrid vs. Malmö FF

2:45 p.m. — ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Paris Saint-Germain vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

2:45 p.m. — ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Sevilla vs. Juventus

2:45 p.m. — ESPN2/ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Benfica vs. Atlético Madrid

2:45 p.m. — ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — PSV Eindhoven vs. CSKA Moscow

2:45 p.m. — ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Galatasaray vs. Astana

WEDNESDAY

2:45 p.m. — Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports Go/Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go — Bayer Leverkusen vs. Barcelona

2:45 p.m. — Fox Sports 2/Fox Sports Go/Fox Soccer 2Go — Olympiacos vs. Arsenal

2:45 p.m. — WatchESPN/ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Dinamo Zagreb vs. Bayern Munich

2:45 p.m. — WatchESPN/ESPN Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go — Chelsea vs. FC Porto

2:45 p.m. — ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Valencia vs. Lyon

2:45 p.m. — ESPN2/ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — AS Roma vs. BATE Borisov

2:45 p.m. — WatchESPN/ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Dynamo Kiev vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv

2:45 p.m. — ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — KAA Gent vs. Zenit St. Petersburg

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