With 13 of the 16 places in the next phase of the Champions League already taken, some of the bigger games carry less significance, as the group stages stutter towards a climax perhaps more suited to sparklers than fireworks.
Where Manchester City's trip to Borussia Dortmund should be the pick of the fixtures, the early elimination, for the second year running, of Roberto Mancini's side means it does not carry as much excitement as a match involving the champions of England and the champions of Germany warrants.
Instead it is on Wednesday night when there is business to be finished. With three places up for grabs there are still six sides hoping for a shot at Barcelona, Manchester United and the rest of Europe's elite in the last sixteen.
Let's take a look at where qualification will be won and lost this week...