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How each crew can attain knockout rounds

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We’re on the midway stage of the Champions League group stage, and which means the best-performing sides can begin reserving their locations within the spherical of 16.

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Right here we check out the state of play throughout all eight teams.

TIEBREAKERS:
– Factors in head-to-head matches among the many tied groups
– Objective distinction in head-to-head matches among the many tied groups
– Targets scored in head-to-head matches among the many tied groups
– Total purpose distinction
– Total objectives scored
– Total away objectives scored
– Total wins
– Total away wins
– Disciplinary factors
– UEFA membership coefficient

GROUP A

Subsequent fixtures, Oct. 12: Napoli vs. Ajax, Rangers vs. Liverpool

Napoli: Will qualify with a win/draw at dwelling to Ajax.

Liverpool: Can’t qualify on Matchday 4, however a win over Rangers and defeat for Ajax would depart Jurgen Klopp’s males needing at most one level from their last two matches.

Ajax Amsterdam: Victory in opposition to Napoli would put them in a a lot stronger place to qualify. However defeat in Italy, coupled with a win for Liverpool, would depart the Eredivisie aspect needing to win each their remaining video games to have any probability of qualifying.

Rangers: Nonetheless with out a level within the competitors, Rangers shall be eradicated from the Champions League in the event that they draw/lose at dwelling to Liverpool.

GROUP B

Subsequent fixtures, Oct. 12: Atletico Madrid vs. Membership Brugge, Bayer Leverkusen vs. FC Porto

Membership Brugge: Will qualify for the spherical of 16 with a win/draw at Atletico. They may safe high spot within the group with a victory if Leverkusen-Porto is a draw.

FC Porto: Victory in Germany would put them in a stronger place, however the battle for second place in Group B may be very tight and Porto solely have one dwelling recreation left — in opposition to Atletico on Matchday 6.

Bayer Leverkusen: Should win at dwelling to FC Porto to offer themselves a robust probability of qualifying, having already misplaced to them final week. One other defeat would depart them three factors behind the Portuguese aspect and dropping the direct face to face too.

Atletico Madrid: The Spanish membership nonetheless have two dwelling video games to play, however defeat at dwelling to Membership Brugge would depart them in a troublesome place.

GROUP C

Subsequent fixtures, Oct. 12: Barcelona vs. Inter Milan, Viktoria Plzen vs. Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich: Will qualify with a win in opposition to Plzen so long as Barca don’t beat Inter.

Internazionale: Shall be by with a win at Camp Nou. A draw would even be an excellent outcome, as victory at dwelling to Plzen on Matchday 5 would ship them by with the face to face over Barca.

Barcelona: Should win at dwelling to Inter to offer themselves a practical probability of reaching the knockout rounds.

Victoria Plzen: With no factors and a purpose distinction of -11, Plzen have little probability of progressing. However they are going to nonetheless be mathematically in rivalry with a loss to Bayern so long as Barca beat Inter.

GROUP D

Subsequent fixtures, Oct. 12: Sporting CP vs. Marseille, Tottenham vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

Sporting CP: An exceptionally tight group and no crew can qualify on Matchday 4, however Sporting CP may have one foot within the spherical of 16 with a win at dwelling to Marseille.

Tottenham Hotspur: Victory over Frankfurt will give Spurs the face to face over the German crew and it is doable they might then qualify with a win at dwelling to Sporting on Matchday 5.

Eintracht Frankfurt: Very similar to Spurs, a win in North London provides them the face to face and the prospect to progress by beating Marseille in two weeks.

Marseille: The most effective outcome for Marseille is a draw between Spurs and Frankurt. But when Marseille lose to Sporting, and there’s a winner within the different recreation, a path to the spherical of 16 will look very powerful.

GROUP E

Subsequent fixtures, Oct. 11: AC Milan vs. Chelsea, Dinamo Zagreb vs. FC Salzburg

FC Salzburg: One other very shut group from which no crew can undergo this week. Salzburg can transfer near the spherical of 16 with a win in Zagreb, and would solely want a draw at dwelling to Chelsea in two weeks ought to the West London membership lose in Milan.

Chelsea: Victory in Milan would give Chelsea a three-point lead over Milan and the head-to-head report, which might most likely depart them needing yet another win to undergo.

AC Milan: If Milan can keep away from defeat at dwelling to Chelsea the group shall be extensive open. Nevertheless, they would wish to win by three objectives to claw again the face to face with Chelsea after their heavy loss at Stamford Bridge final week.

Dinamo Zagreb: Nonetheless very a lot in rivalry, and can go second within the group with a win at dwelling to Salzburg if Milan-Chelsea is a draw. Do not rule out the Croatians but.

GROUP F

Subsequent fixtures, Oct. 11: Celtic vs. RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Actual Madrid

Actual Madrid: A draw in opposition to Shakhtar will ship them by, whereas a win secures high spot within the group.

Shakhtar Donetsk: Can’t qualify this week, and any factors picked up in opposition to Madrid shall be thought-about a bonus within the battle for second place.

RB Leipzig: Victory in Scotland will likely ship them as much as second place, however they have to then host Madrid in two weeks. Shakhtar vs. Leipzig on Matchday 6 appears to be like the pivotal fixture proper now.

Celtic: Defeat at dwelling to Leipzig will all however finish their hopes, however a primary group win may put them proper again in rivalry.

GROUP G

Subsequent fixtures, Oct. 11: Borussia Dortmund vs. Sevilla, FC Copenhagen vs. Manchester Metropolis

Manchester Metropolis: A victory sends them by, and as group winners if Dortmund draw/lose. A draw for Man Metropolis can even be sufficient to achieve the spherical of 16 if Sevilla draw/lose.

Borussia Dortmund: Shall be by with a win so long as Copenhagen draw/lose. Even when Dortmund solely draw in opposition to Sevilla, face to face most likely leaves them solely needing some extent from their last two matches to qualify.

Sevilla: Realistically they must beat Dortmund to remain in rivalry, and shall be eradicated with a loss.

FC Copenhagen: Shall be eradicated in the event that they draw/lose and Dortmund beat Sevilla. Should beat Man Metropolis to have any actual probability.

GROUP H

Subsequent fixtures, Oct. 11: Maccabi Haifa vs. Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain vs. Benfica

Paris Saint-Germain: Will qualify with a victory at dwelling to Benfica.

Benfica: By means of with a win in Paris.

Juventus: Realistically must beat Maccabi Haifa to have the most effective probability of ending within the high two with just one dwelling recreation remaining, in opposition to PSG on Matchday 6.

Maccabi Haifa: With out a level thus far, they are going to be knocked out with a loss at dwelling to Juve.

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