The Champions League makes its comeback this week in the penultimate round of group-stage fixtures, with many qualifying participants yet to find out their fate but so close to making it into the knockout phases.
Teams now nestled back into club matters following the international break, Europe's elite will clash once more in the hopes of claiming the points necessary to advance, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City having already sealed their progress.
Looking to the week ahead, read on for a complete breakdown of these predictions for Matchday 5, picking out several key encounters that promise to shape who qualifies from those respective pools.
|2013/14 Champions League Matchday 5 Fixtures and Predictions|
|FC Basel vs. Chelsea||E||Tuesday, Nov. 26||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||2-1 Chelsea|
|Steaua Bucharest vs. Schalke 04||E||Tuesday, Nov. 26||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||1-0 Schalke|
|Arsenal vs. Marseille||F||Tuesday, Nov. 26||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||2-0 Arsenal|
|Borussia Dortmund vs. Napoli||F||Tuesday, Nov. 26||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||2-2 Draw|
|Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Atletico Madrid||G||Tuesday, Nov. 26||5 p.m. GMT/12 p.m. ET||2-1 Zenit|
|Porto vs. Austria Wien||G||Tuesday, Nov. 26||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||2-0 Porto|
|Ajax vs. Barcelona||H||Tuesday, Nov. 26||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||3-1 Barcelona|
|Celtic vs. Milan||H||Tuesday, Nov. 26||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||2-1 Milan|
|Bayer Leverkusen vs. Manchester United||A||Wednesday, Nov. 27||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||2-2 Draw|
|Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Real Sociedad||A||Wednesday, Nov. 27||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||1-1 Draw|
|Juventus vs. FC Copenhagen||B||Wednesday, Nov. 27||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||3-1 Juventus|
|Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray||B||Wednesday, Nov. 27||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||4-0 Real Madrid|
|Anderlecht vs. Benfica||C||Wednesday, Nov. 27||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||2-1 Benfica|
|Paris Saint-Germain vs. Olympiacos||C||Wednesday, Nov. 27||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||3-1 PSG|
|CSKA Moscow vs. Bayern Munich||D||Wednesday, Nov. 27||5 p.m. GMT/12 p.m. ET||3-1 Bayern|
|Manchester City vs. Viktoria Plzen||D||Wednesday, Nov. 27||7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET||2-0 Manchester City|
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Manchester United
Manchester United were handed one of their toughest group-stage draws of recent memory this season, and it's beginning to show in just how close Group A matters remain.
This week, David Moyes' men travel to the BayArena with the hopes of tying up home-and-away results against Bayer Leverkusen, the English side having opened their European campaign with a 4-2 beating of their German counterparts.
Since that meeting, Sami Hyypia's side have gone from strength to strength and now find themselves second to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga rankings, capitalising on Borussia Dortmund's loss this weekend to creep further.
Having said that, Bayer Leverkusen's defence has been better away from home than anything else this season, but their average of 2.86 goals scored per home fixture poses issues for United, another team largely centred on their attack.
Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Manchester United
Borussia Dortmund vs. Napoli
With Arsenal taking a grip of matters in Group F, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund could turn out to be the outfits fighting for second spot, despite the fact that the former lie level on points with Arsene Wenger's side.
Just as they did against Bayern over the weekend, the Black and Yellows will be without the defensive talents of Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic and Marcel Schmelzer this week, some defensive absences that could tell against the Serie A title contenders.
For Arsenal, a draw between these two might be the most favourable outcome while they take on Marseille, and they might be fortunate in that vein.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Napoli
FC Basel vs. Chelsea
Basel have a healthy history against Chelsea over the last year or so, having met in this year's competition after overcoming the Swiss champions in last year's Europa League.
That being said, it's never been a dull affair between the two, with both sides managing to get on the score sheet in every meeting.
This time around, Chelsea will have more motivation to achieve an away result, considering they can seal a top-two finish in Group E with another three points this week.
Basel have already been shown up at home by Schalke this season, and although they managed to claim a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in September, Jose Mourinho's side should have the ammunition to finish the job this time around.
Prediction: FC Basel 1-2 Chelsea