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What Liverpool need and all the other CL permuations ahead of this week's crunch ties

Man City and Monaco are among the sides vying for a spot in the last 16.

Group A

Juventus v Atlético Madrid 

Olympiakos v Malmö FF 

JUVENTUS NEED JUST a point against Atlético to qualify tonight, while Olympiacos could secure an unlikely passage into the last 16 if they win and Juve slip up.

The Italians could also finish top should they beat their Spanish opponents by two goals or more.

Group B

Liverpool v FC Basel 

Real Madrid v Ludogorets

Liverpool need to beat Basel in order to secure progression. Ludogorets can also equal their prospective tally of seven points should they pull off a shock victory over Real Madrid, but the Anfield club would still advance due to their superior head-to-head record with the Bulgarian side.

Group C

Benfica v Bayer Leverkusen

Monaco v Zenit St Petersburg

Another finely balanced group in which Bayer Leverkusen have already guaranteed their place in the next round.

Monaco can join them if they get at least a draw against Zenit, while the Russians need a win. Furthermore, either team can top the group if the Germans slip up against Benfica.

Group D

Borussia Dortmund v Anderlecht

Galatasaray v Arsenal

Arsenal have already sealed their place in the last 16, but will hope to secure top spot in order to avoid some of the better sides in the next round. They can do so one of two ways — win in Galatasaray and hope that Dortmund lose, or beat the Turks by seven and hope the Germans can only muster a draw against Anderlecht.

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gROUP E

Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow

Roma v Man City

A group in which three teams can claim second spot. If CSKA draw at Bayern, City will need to beat Roma to advance. However, if the Russians lose, City will only need a score draw to progress. Nevertheless, should CSKA earn a shock win, City will be out irrespective of what happens in Rome.

Group F

Ajax v Apoel Nicosia

Barcelona v Paris St Germain

Both Barca and PSG have already qualified, with the French side needing just a draw to finish top in Group F

Chelsea

Chelsea v Sporting Lisbon 

NK Maribor v Schalke

Chelsea have little to play for, given that Mourinho’s men have already wrapped up top spot in the group. Sporting need just a point at Stamford Bridge to guarantee qualification, while Schalke can steal in ahead of them with a win against Maribor combined with a loss for the Portuguese side.

Group H

Athletic Bilbao v BATE Borisov

FC Porto v Shakhtar Donetsk

The only group in which there is virtually nothing — aside from the dubious honour of a spot in the Europa League — to be decided. Porto and Shakhtar will finish first and second no matter what happens.

Group images courtesy of UEFA.com.

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