Champions League: Who Can Qualify or Be Eliminated This Week?

Following the recent international break and another pulsating weekend of domestic football around the globe, the Champions League is now set to return.

Oh yes, it's back! And with only two rounds of fixtures remaining in the group stages, matchday five is going to prove pivotal for a number of teams.

A whole host of clubs can book their place in the next round, while some can even be crowned as winners of their group.

Here's a complete look at the things that can be decided in the competition this week...

Group A 

UEFA Champions League"Paris St Germain v Real Madrid"
Paris Saint-Germain currently sit top of Group A and have already qualified for the knockout stages, as they sit five points clear of their next opponents ​Real Madrid. However, they can be confirmed as group winners if they avoid defeat on Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos, meanwhile, will guarantee qualification with a win, but can book their place before they even kick a ball should Club Brugge fail to beat Galatasaray in the early kick-off on Tuesday.

Group B 

Robert Lewandowski
German giants ​Bayern Munich are already through, but can be confirmed as group winners if they are able to pick up all three points against Red Star Belgrade. They can also achieve this if ​Tottenham fail to beat Olympiacos.

As for Spurs, new manager Jose Mourinho will be making his return to the competition. The Lilywhites can seal their place if they avoid defeat at home to Olympiacos and Red Star fail to beat Bayern. A win would also do the trick. 

On a special night for the 'Special One', he will be hoping for a strong showing from his men.

Group C 

Raheem Sterling
Although ​Manchester City did stutter to a 1-1 draw in their last outing in the competition, Pep Guardiola's men are in a good position to progress. The Sky Blues have found the net 11 times in four games, while they have only conceded two. They can progress with anything other than defeat in the home tussle with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday. City can also win the group on Tuesday with three points. 

Shakhtar, meanwhile, can go through if they defeat Guardiola's side and Dinamo Zagrab lose. Elsewhere in the group, newcomers Atalanta could be making a swift exit if they are unable to beat Dinamo, or, if Shakhtar conquer City.

Group D 

Lokomotiv Moskva v Juventus: Group D - UEFA Champions League
Maurizio Sarri's ​Juventus are already confirmed in the last 16 but can make themselves as group winners if they can defeat ​Atletico Madrid at home on Tuesday. 

As for Diego Simeone's men, they too can seal qualification with a victory in Turin, while a point may also be enough if Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow draw earlier on Tuesday.

Group E 

Georginio Wijnaldum
Runaway Premier League leaders and reigning European champions ​Liverpool fell to defeat on the opening matchday against ​Napoli, but they can be announced as winners of Group E with a win over the struggling Italian side on Wednesday. 

Having said that, both teams will qualify regardless of the result at Anfield if Erling Haaland and Red Bull Salzburg fail to win at Genk - who are already out.

Group F 

Aleix Vidal,Lionel Messi
Three European giants and only two can qualify.

​Barcelona welcome ​Borussia Dortmund+ to Camp Nou on Wednesday, knowing that a win would see them progress as group winners. As for Dortmund, a win for them would see them take their place in the last 16.

La Blaugrana will also go through if they draw with the German side and Inter and Slavia Prague draw. Ernesto Valverde's men can also get away with a defeat if the Czech outfit beat Antonio Conte’s side.

As for ​Inter, they simply need a win to keep their hopes alive. However, they will be unable to qualify if Dortmund beat Barcelona.

Group G 

Zenit St. Petersburg v RB Leipzig: Group G - UEFA Champions League
Current table-toppers RB Leipzig will go through if they can avoid defeat at home to Benfica, while they will also need Zenit not to beat Lyon.

Lyon can book their place in the final 16 with a win on Wednesday.

Group H

César Azpilicueta
Here it is, the final group. Lille have already been dumped out and cannot qualify, but ​Chelsea, Ajax and Valencia are all still capable of qualifying, with all three locked on seven points.

Quite simply put, whoever comes out on top in the tussle between Chelsea and Valencia will go through. Ajax, meanwhile, cannot be eliminated no matter their result against Lille.

Frank Lampard will be confident his young squad can get the job done in Spain and will come into the game full of confidence, despite the Blues' most recent defeat to Manchester City.


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