Plenty at stake ahead of big week in the Champions League
Match day six of the Champions League takes place this week and there are some huge games in store with a place in the last 16 at stake.
Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Tottenham and Barcelona are among the clubs to have sealed their passage through to the knock out stages but there is still a lot to sort out over Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Some big names have work to do if they are to go through and there will be some anxious club owners and chairmen, considering the amount of revenue that will be lost in the event of an early exit.
Liverpool may top Group E but the current holders are in danger of going out if they lose away at Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday evening.
The Austrian side showed what a dangerous outfit they are when just losing in a thrilling, high-scoring affair at Anfield in the first meeting between the two sides.
Despite being Champions League holders, Liverpool have been notoriously bad away from home in the competition and will be in for a stern test against a Salzburg side who will come out all guns blazing.
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It has been said that a good portion of Liverpool fans are not bothered about the Champions League this season, as the Premier League title is number one. However, Jurgen Klopp will want to go through and will be determined to avoid defeat in the Group E encounter.
Barcelona are through as winners of Group F, but will have a part to play regards who joins them, with big hitters Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund both sat on seven points below them.
Inter entertain Barca and know victory will take them through. The task is not as daunting as it looks on paper, especially if Ernesto Valverde opts to rest Lionel Messi and one or two others, and Inter with a packed San Siro, will fancy their chances of getting the result they need.
Dortmund will be keen to see off Slavia Prague then hope Barca can do them a favour.
Chelsea sit third in Group H but know a victory at home will send them through no matter what happens in the game between Ajax and Valencia.
Lille have only picked up one point in the group stage and have nothing but pride to play for but Chelsea will have to guard against complacency if they are to go through.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid need to beat Lokomotiv Moscow or run the risk of going out as Bayer Leverkusen, who entertain an already qualified Juventus, are still in with a shout.
Dinamo Zagreb, Shakhtar Donetsk and Atalanta are all still in with a chance of bagging second spot in Group C, which is topped by Manchester City.
The same can be said in Group G, with Zenit St Petersburg, Lyon and Benfica all theoretically in with a chance of qualifying. RB Leipzig, who top the group could miss out altogether if they lost to Lyon and Zenit beat Benfica.
So many permutations and possible outcomes so an exciting week is in store.