Man City in pole position but Celtic struggling: CL group permutations revealed

first_img Celtic (Group B) – Of all the British teams, Celtic are in the most precarious position in relation to their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage. They know they have to defeat Bayern Munich at Parkhead in the next matchday if they are to have any chance of progressing – and they must do so by more than a 3-0 scoreline to gain the advantage in the head-to-head. Should they manage that feat, they would then have to match or better Bayern’s results for the remainder of the group stage, to ensure they finish at least level on points with the Germans. Managing that feat would send them through to the group stage instead of Bayern due to their head-to-head record. Liverpool (Group E) – The Reds’ poor start in the Champions League means they have only won five points from three games, though they still sit top of their group following Tuesday’s 7-0 win over Maribor. Liverpool cannot guarantee their place in the knockout stage in matchday four, knowing that the earliest they can do it is the following week. Beating Maribor at home and Sevilla away would put enough breathing space between them and the Spaniards to secure progression. A draw against Sevilla in matchday five would also be enough as long as Liverpool beat Maribor and Sevilla lose to Spartak Moscow in matchday four. Chelsea (Group C) – Top of their group after three matches, Chelsea can guarantee their place in the knockout stage in the next matchday, as long as they beat Roma in Italy and Atletico Madrid fail to beat Qarabag at home. That would put the Blues on 10 points with Atleti eight points behind – with only six left to play for. If Atleti win, Chelsea cannot progress until matchday five. They would have to beat Roma and then Qarabag to move onto 13 points. The Blues can afford to draw both their remaining matches against Roma and Atletico, as they would finish one points ahead of the Spaniards – even if Diego Simeone’s side win their other two matches. 6 6 6 6 Manchester City (Group F) – City can book their place in the knockout stage in matchday four, and it is all in their own hands. A draw away at Napoli will give them a six point lead over the Italians with only six to play for – and a better head-to-head record having beaten them at home on Tuesday. A defeat in Italy would make their position slightly more precarious, and they would need three points from their remaining two matches (and hope Napoli don’t beat City by a scoreline bigger than 2-1), or four points to guarantee they finish on more points than the Italians. Of course, Napoli could beat City but then drop points in their remaining matches, and Pep Guardiola’s side need to ensure they finish with more points than the Italians. Manchester United (Group A) – click the right arrow to see what the other British teams must do to reach the Champions League knockout stage – The Red Devils currently lead their group by three points, and can secure their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League during the next matchday. They have to beat Benfica at Old Trafford and hope Basel defeat CSKA Moscow in Switzerland. Those results would put United on 12 points and CSKA (in third) on three, meaning the Russian outfit could not overtake them in one of the top two spots. If CSKA, as well as United, win in matchday four, the Red Devils would have to pick up one more point to guarantee they qualify for the next round. They can do that against either Basel in matchday five or CSKA themselves in matchday six. 6 We have reached the halfway point of the 2017-18 Champions League group stage, and all the English clubs are doing well.Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all leading their respective groups, while Spurs sit second in their group despite holding the exact same record as leaders Real Madrid.Celtic, the remaining British team, are not enjoying themselves as much, with only one win from three matches, though their plan to still be in Europe after Christmas remains intact with Europa League football on the cards for Brendan Rodgers’ side.Still, all six British teams can qualify for the knockout stage… but how can they get there?Click the right arrow, above, to see what every British team must do in their final three matches of the 2017-18 Champions League group stage to qualify for the knockout stage… 6 Tottenham Hotspur (Group H) – Borussia Dortmund and Apoel have both won one point in the group stage this year, meaning Spurs can book their place with as little as three draws in their remaining matches. They cannot guarantee a spot in the knockouts in matchday four – even if they defeat Real Madrid – unless Dortmund and Apoel play out another draw at the same time. That would put Spurs eight points clear with only six to play for. If Spurs are beaten by Real, they can progress by defeating Dortmund in matchday five. A draw against the Germans in matchday five – or Apoel in matchday six – is also good enough – even if either of them wins all their other remaining matches – as it would put both teams on eight points at the end of the group stage – but Spurs would have the better head-to-head record with a draw and a win over both teams.last_img read more