Who will make it through to the Champions League knock-out stage?

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The Champions League group stage is coming to an end, and we’ll take a closer look at the standings in the groups before the final round. Who will make it through, and who risks being eliminated?

Group A:

There is no late drama to expect in this group, with Manchester City already having claimed the group win ahead of runner-up Paris Saint-Germain after taking all three points in their encounter at the Etihad last round. The latter certainly is a team the top seeds would want to avoid in the draw…

Group B:

Liverpool have already secured top spot, but can play the role of spoiler on the last day when they travel to San Siro to face AC Milan. The Rossoneri need a win to secure the runner-up spot, while also hoping for some help in the other game between Porto and Atlético Madrid.

The Portuguese outfit have it all in their own hands coming into the last round, knowing three points will guarantee their progression to the next stage. A draw might also be enough, while the visitors from the Spanish capital must go for the win if they wish to make it to the final 16. If both Atlético and AC Milan win their games, the goal difference will decide who advances – currently Milan find themselves one goal ahead of the Spaniards, meaning a big result for either team can prove vital.

Group C:

Another group where everything is settled going into the final round. Ajax have already won the group, with the tournament’s joint top scorer Sebastian Haller bagging 9 of the Dutch side’s 16 goals. The Portuguese champions Sporting CP go through together with Ajax after securing second place with a win over an injury-depleted Dortmund in the previous round.

Group D:

Real Madrid and Inter Milan have booked their places in the next round, but who claims first and second place will be decided in a match between them in Madrid. The Spanish hosts only need to avoid defeat to finish as group winners, but this group stage already saw them suffer a shock defeat at Santiago Bernabeu to the Moldovan minions Sheriff Tiraspol. Inter will hope to match that result to run away with top spot on the final day.

Group E:

Bayern Munich, one of the betting sites’ favourites for the title, have already wrapped up first place in the group, and a sixth win in six for the German champions could spell trouble for Xavi and Barcelona.

The Spanish giants travel to Munich knowing that one point may not be enough to secure a place in the knock-out round, with Benfica chasing two points behind and holding the H2H advantage. Benfica will host the group’s bottom team Dinamo Kiev in Lisbon, hoping to bag three points while also looking for Bayern to avoid defeat to come away with an unlikely place in the final 16.

Group F:

A Michael Carrick-led Manchester United secured top spot after winning away to Villarreal last time out, which leaves the excitement to the other group game where Atalanta host the second-placed Spaniards.

The Yellow Submarine find themselves one point ahead of their Italian rivals, meaning anything other than three points for the home team ensures that the Spanish visitors get to book their place in the knock-out round. Expect plenty of goals and drama in this one!

Group G:

The group of death has certainly lived up to its billing, with all four teams still in a position to advance to the round of 16 coming into the final game. Reigning French champions Lille are currently leading, but a loss away to Wolfsburg would see them drop to third place, which in turn would also secure progression for the Germans.

Salzburg holds the runner-up spot in this tight group, one point ahead of opponents Sevilla. A draw in Austria, coupled with Wolfsburg beating Lille, would lead to a tie with three teams all on 8 points. One goal can create big changes in this group on the final day, with a lot of possible outcomes.

Group H:

Group favourites Chelsea and Juventus have avoided slip-ups and are already through to the knock-out stages. Both teams sit on 12 points, with Chelsea’s 4-0 thumping over Juve last round giving them the H2H advantage and top spot. As long as the Blues match the results of the Italians on the final day, the reigning champions will secure the group win.