Champions League: Around The Grounds

Champions League: Around The Grounds

With the focus on the British teams in the Champions League group stages we often overlook who could be their potential opponents in the next round. So, for the final games of the competition we’ve taken a look at who has secured their place in the last 16 and who still has a fight on their hands.

Group A

PSG v Ludogrets Razgrad

Out of the four teams drawn in Group A it was very easy to call who would finish first and second in the group. However, the final question to be answered is who will secure top spot and barring a complete miracle from Ludogrets it looks as though it will be PSG. The last time the two sides met it was a 3-1 away win for the French giants and even if players are rested by Unai Emery, we see a similar scoreline happening at the Parc Des Prince this evening.

Group B

Group B provides us with the most interesting choices of fixtures this evening as a victory by from two out of three teams will see them secure their place in the last 16.

Benfica v Napoli

Level on points at the top of the group, it’s certainly all to play for at the Estadio de Luz.  Both sides will know victory is crucial to secure their place in the next round of the competition, with Besiktas breathing down their necks on seven points. When the two sides last met it was a 4-2 victory for the home side Napoli and that result again would mean last 16 football heading to Italy.

Dynamo Kiev v Besiktas

Turkish league champions Besiktas will be looking to spoil the party in Kiev tonight, knowing three points guarantees them a spot in the last 16 for the first time in their history.

When the two sides met earlier in the group stages the Ukrainian Champions held Besiktas to a draw away from home, and if they can perform a similar feat this evening it will deny Besiktas their last 16 dream.

Group C

Barcelona v Borussia Monchengladbach

The Catalan giants have secured their place in the last 16 of the Champion League for the tenth consecutive season. However, for Monchengladbach it looks as though they will have to settle for a place in the Europa League.  Barring a miracle victory from themselves and Celtic at Eastlands, they will have Europa League football to play in February.

Group D

Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid

It may be a nothing game as both teams have secured their place in the next round of the competition, but these European giants deserve a mention.

Last year’s beaten finalist Atletico will be looking to go all the way to Millennium Stadium and rectify last season’s defeat by Real, whilst Bayern will be hoping to get past the semi-finals for the first time in three years.

PSV Eindhoven v FC Rostov

It may already be confirmed, however defeat for PSV this evening means a lack of European football for the remainder of the season. But, they still have one glimmer of hope as a victory against Rostov could secure a place in the Europa League if they can win by two or more goals.

Rostov, on the other hand, have very little European football history and we believe a Europa League spot will be a very good result for them to come in February.  All they would need is one point, which is certainly not beyond them even away from home.

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