The Champions League group stage reaches its climax this week as clubs around Europe jostle for a coveted spot in the knockout rounds.
Eight teams—Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona—have already secured their passage to the round of 16, but there are still 15 teams in with a shout of clinching one of the eight remaining spots.
With plenty to play for in seven of the eight groups, Matchday 6 promises to be full of drama.
Here’s a look at how you can stay up to date with all the action, before we delve a little deeper into the various scenarios.
|Group||Fixture||Date, K/O Time||Broadcaster|
|A||Man United vs. Shakhtar Donetsk||Dec. 10, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||ITV|
|A||Real Sociedad vs. Leverkusen||Dec. 10, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports Red Button|
|B||Galatasaray vs. Juventus||Dec. 10, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports 4 HD|
|B||Copenhagen vs. Real Madrid||Dec. 10, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports Red Button|
|C||Benfica vs. PSG||Dec. 10, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports Red Button|
|C||Olympiacos vs. Anderlecht||Dec. 10, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports Red Button|
|D||Bayern Munich vs. Man City||Dec. 10, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports 2 HD|
|D||Plzen vs. CSKA Moskow||Dec. 10, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports Red Button|
|E||Schalke vs. Basel||Dec. 11, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports Red Button|
|E||Chelsea vs. Steaua||Dec. 11, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports 3 HD|
|F||Marseille vs. Dortmund||Dec. 11, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports Red Button|
|F||Napoli vs. Arsenal||Dec. 11, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports 2 HD|
|G||Austria Wien vs. Zenit||Dec. 11, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports Red Button|
|G||Atletico vs. Porto||Dec. 11, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports Red Button|
|H||AC Milan vs. Ajax||Dec. 11, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports Red Button|
|H||Barcelona vs. Celtic||Dec. 11, 19:45 GMT/14:45 ET||Sky Sports 4 HD|
Schedule via uefa.com
Live Stream Info
UK viewers can watch Sky Sports’ live games on the Sky Player website or via Sky Go for laptops and mobile devices (subscription required). The live game between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk can also be viewed on the ITV website.
Live scores are also provided on Sky Sports News throughout each match, while highlights are also shown throughout both nights on various Sky Sports channels.
Highlights of the first day's action can also be found on ITV 1 at 10:35 p.m. GMT on Tuesday. Be sure to check LiveonSat for your local listings and stream information.
Galatasaray vs. Juventus
Juventus still have work to do if they’re to join their fellow European superpowers in the round of 16.
Antonio Conte takes his side to Turkey to take on Galatasaray, knowing that a draw will see them advance.
But the Turkish side, who will leapfrog the Italians into second with a win, will take confidence from their home record against Italian opposition. Per UEFA, Roberto Mancini’s men are unbeaten against Serie A sides in their last nine outings at the Turk Telekom Arena, winning six and drawing three.
AC Milan vs. Ajax
AC Milan have been in spluttering form in Serie A this season and failure to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds would heap further pressure on manager Massimiliano Allegri.
The Rossoneri host Ajax, who kept themselves in contention with a fantastic home win over Group H leaders Barcelona on Matchday 5.
Milan enjoy a one-point cushion over the Dutch side and a win would see them advance. But Frank de Boer will have fond memories of his first visit to the San Siro as Ajax boss when his side emerged victorious.
Another win this time around would see Ajax go through at the expense of Milan.
Olympiacos vs. Anderlecht
Olympiacos will have to make do without star striker Kostas Mitroglou for their crucial Group C clash at home to Anderlecht.
The Greek striker misses out with injury, and the onus to find goals will now fall on other members of the squad as they bid for a spot in the round of 16.
Olympiacos currently sit tied with Benfica on seven points but a win would see them advance due to their superior head-to-head record over the Portuguese outfit.
If the Greek club fail to pick up all three points, then Benfica can pip them at the post with victory over PSG at home.
The French side's position as group leaders is secured and Benfica will be hoping they leave some of their star men at home.
Schalke 04 vs. Basel
Only one point separates Schalke and Basel in Group E.
The visitors need just a draw to advance, but a win would see them finish top if Chelsea fail to pick up all three points at home to Steaua.
Schalke, who would also advance with a win, will be fully confident of their chances after overcoming Basel 1-0 in Switzerland on Matchday 2.
Napoli vs. Arsenal
Marseille vs. Borussia Dortmund
These two games are so entwined that it’s impossible to talk about one without the other.
Arsenal are currently in the driver’s seat in Group F with 12 points, but they face a daunting trip to the Stadio San Paolo where they take on Napoli.
The Italian side and Dortmund both sit on nine points with the latter travelling to France to face a winless Marseille.
Who will qualify from Group F?
A draw or a win for the Gunners would see them go through as group winners.
If Dortmund better Napoli’s score they too will advance, and the German side will also qualify if both teams lose.
If both Napoli and Dortmund win, however, then all three sides will finish on 12 points. If this scenario materialises then it will come down to the precise scorelines between the three teams.
Crystal clear? Sure it is.