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Matchday Five UEFA Champions League Preview

Officially only Real Madrid, Manchester City and Zenit St Petersburg have qualified. With 2 more remaining rounds in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, more intriguing sub–plots await, so which of of the remaining 29 teams will join them?

Defending champions Barcelona are in the Group E pound seats. The Blaugrana will be through as group winners with a draw at home to AS Roma. They will however still advance if they lose and Leverkusen fail to win, away at BATE Borisov.

Should the Giallorossi manage to pull off a win at the Nou Camp, they’ll have a massive chance of advancing. But should BATE and Leverkusen share the spoils in Borisov, Rudi Garcia’s men will be out of contention.

If BATE lose and Roma win, BATE will finish fourth.

Whip out the calculators for Group F. Bayern Munich and Olympiacos lead the way with 9 points apiece.

They meet at the Allianz Arena and a point would be enough for both Bayern and Olympiacos to reach the last 16.

The Bavarians meanwhile can clinch first place with a win, as would Olympiacos if they claim the spoils by a margin that would give them the head to head advantage over the Bundesliga giants.

Arsenal need to win at home to Dinamo Zagreb and hope Olympiacos lose to have a chance of overtaking them for second when they visit on matchday six, having lost the reverse 3-2. One thing for sure though, is that they cannot overtake Bayern.

Dinamo need to win and hope Bayern lose to have a chance of overtaking them for second place when they meet in Zagreb on matchday six, having lost 5-0 in Munich. Dinamo cannot overtake Olympiacos and will clinch at least third place with victory.

Arsenal will clinch at least third place with a victory provided they win by a margin that gives them the head to head advantage over Dinamo, who beat the Gunners side 2-1 on matchday one.

Making a bet on every football match in this group will make for interesting odds.

FC Porto, Chelsea and Dynamo Kiev are in contention in Group G.

Porto is at home to Dynamo and will qualify with a draw. Julen Lopetegui’s men will clinch first place if they win and Chelsea do not away at Maccabi Tel Aviv or even if Porto draw and the Blues lose.

The struggling Chelsea will qualify if they win and Dynamo fail to win at the Estadio do Dragao.

Maccabi cannot finish in the top two but to remain in contention for a spot in the Europa League, they must win and hope Dynamo does not.

Zenit St Petersburg have been unstoppable in Group H. They have already qualified with a flawless record, but will secure top spot with a draw at home to Valencia. A loss could also be enough as they boast a better head to head than Los Che.

Valencia meanwhile will qualify if they win and Gent fails to do so away at Lyon.

The Belgian champions will clinch a top-three finish and condemn the Ligue 1 giants to fourth if they win.

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