A fascinating final round of group-stage matches in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League has been set up - which could see anywhere between one and four English clubs make it through to the knockout phase.
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Manchester City qualified for the last 16 with two matches to spare but Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are having to go the full distance to try and ensure it is the Champions League, not the Europa League, they will be contesting in February.
For Arsenal, it was always likely to come down to their trip to Olympiakos once they had been beaten 5-1 away to Bayern Munich, and sure enough the Gunners need to win by at least two clear goals or 3-2, 4-3, 5-4 etc in Piraeus if they are to overhaul their December 9 opponents in the Group F standings.
Chelsea and Manchester United, however, will be more surprised that their qualification is still in doubt, although the Blues have by far the greater chance of going through.
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea (left) on the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group G match against Porto at Estadio do Dragao on September 29 2015 (Getty Images)
The cat was put among the pigeons in Chelsea’s group by Dynamo Kiev winning 2-0 away to Porto, which means it is far from beyond the realms of possibility that three clubs could all end up on 11 points in Group G.
That would require a draw at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Porto coupled with the very likely event of a Dynamo Kiev victory at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv, but Jose Mourinho’s side can put all their concerns to bed by taking three points against their manager’s former club.
Manchester United, meanwhile, squandered a glorious chance to secure their place in the last 16 when they failed to convert openings at home to PSV Eindhoven and could only draw 0-0.
It means the Red Devils must fare no worse than the Dutch team on match-day six if they are to advance, the problem being that United are away to leaders Wolfsburg whereas PSV host bottom club CSKA Moscow and so it has suddenly become an uphill task for Louis van Gaal’s men.
2015-16 UEFA Champions League schedule (all kick-off times 19:45 GMT):
December 8-9 – Group stage match day 6
Tuesday December 8
Paris Saint-Germain v Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Madrid v Malmo
PSV Eindhoven v CSKA Moscow
Wolfsburg v Manchester United
Benfica v Atletico Madrid
Galatasaray v Astana
Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach
Sevilla v Juventus
Wednesday December 9
Bayer Leverkusen v Barcelona
Roma v BATE Borisov
Dinamo Zagreb v Bayern Munich
Olympiakos v Arsenal
Chelsea v Porto
Dynamo Kiev v Maccabi Tel Aviv
Gent v Zenit St Petersburg
Valencia v Lyon