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Champions League permutations: United, Chelsea, Barca groups explained

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he Champions League group stage is nearing its conclusion, with the penultimate round of fixtures set to wrap up on Wednesday night.

Three teams – Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City – have already confirmed their place in the last-16 as group winners, while Porto, Chelsea, Sevilla, Juventus and Barcelona are also sure of reaching the knockout stages.

Even with some teams having secured qualification, however, there is plenty to play for on Wednesday night.

Frank Lampard’s side have already guaranteed qualification from Group E, having won three and drawn one of their four games to date.

Their sole draw came against tonight’s opponents, Sevilla, and the Spanish side have also won all of their other games, making the meeting effectively a group decider.

Victory for either side would see them claim top spot, while a draw would see the race to finish top go to the final day.

United sit top of Group H having won three and lost one of their games to date.

A point against PSG at Old Trafford will be enough to book their place in the next round, while they can also win the group if they better RB Leipzig’s result against Istanbul Basaksehir.

Were Leipzig to lose to the Turkish outfit, then United would be all but through regardless of their result tonight: having beaten the Germans 5-0 earlier in the group stage, only an equivalent thrashing next week could eliminate the Red Devils.

Barcelona are already through to the last-16 and sit top of Group G with a perfect four wins from four games.

They will win the group tonight against Ferencvaros if they better Juventus’ result against Dynamo Kyiv.

If both Barca and Juve win tonight, their matchday six meeting would determine the group winners, with the Catalans in pole position having won the first meeting between the two 2-0. 


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