Another exciting couple of days of Champion’s league football is upon us and it’s that all important group stage deciding night. Who makes it through to the next round. Here is all the preview and latest news for tonight’s games.
Schalke v Arsenal
Schalke lead Arsenal by one point in group B and the team are on good form having won 5 and drawn 1 in their last 6 fixtures. Schalke are doing very well this year, they have a strong team and they are playing good football. With Arsenal in the current state they are they face a tough game against opponents Schalke tonight. The pressure is on Wenger at the moment as he is under his worst run as manager. The London club travel to Germany with a fight on their hands to escape an early exit from the Champion’s League and only the best football tonight will keep them there. If Olympiakos beat Montepellier and we are either stalemate or losing then we’re out. It’s a case of playing to win tonight for Arsenal and having lost to Schalke at home two weeks ago this could be a tough game.
Schalke-Christoph Metzelder (adductor)
Arsenal-Theo Walcott (illness), Aaron Ramsey (groin)
Man City v Ajax
It has been a wierd week for Mancini who ranted at a journalist this week after he questioned Mancini on his Monaco talks. Mancini has stated that he feels that he is unappreciated for the League win and also admitted that the team are “not ready” to compete for the Champion’s league trophy. Manchester City go into this game with a few injury concerns and they are sitting at the bottom of their group with just 1 point. Ajax are sitting just above Man City with 2 points to spare, they have the advantage of having beat City at home a few weeks back. Ajax face the exit tonight if they lose so they have everything to play for.
Man City- Micah Richards (knee), Joleon Lescott (back), James Milner, David Silva and Jack Rodwell (all hamstring)
Ajax-No injury concerns
Olympiakos v Montpellier
Olympiakos beat Montepellier 2-0 when the last two teams played a couple of weeks back which was their first win of the group. They sit in 3rd place with 3 points and have 3 of their last 4 games. Montpellier seem to be having a bad run of things at the moment, they sit on the bottom of the table and have lost 3 out of 4 of their last games. Olympiakos have the slight advantage in this game with the past result, they are also playing to get a qualifying position if Arsenal lose their game against Schalke tonight.
PSG v Dinamo Zagreb
PSG are 2nd in Group A with 6 points and look almost set to qualify but they will definitely be making sure they come out and play that way. They are on the rebound of their first league defeat of the season against Etienne and they will not be taking that lightly. Dinamo Zagreb have a terrible record having lost their last 9 games in Europe, despite that they are playing really well in their domestic league. It’s fair to say that Dinamo Zagreb are the underdogs of this game but they do have a pretty good home record so who knows.
Dynamo Kiev v FC Porto
Dynamo Kiev are 3rd in Group A at the moment and they will be hoping to progress through the group stages. Their manager said nothing short of win is enough. Bolkhin has said he will be going with a counter-attacking game tactically and hopes that his team can defend against Porto. Porto are sitting at the top of their group with 9 well earned points, Perriera has said this week “we have 9 points and we want to leave here with 12, we don’t go anywhere to play for a draw” which shows that they are intent on winning this game.
Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid are 2nd in the group and are only 1 point behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. They lost two weeks ago this side and they will be intent on turning that result around tonight. they have only conceded one goal and have scored 13 since the game 2 weeks back. Borussia Dortmund say they are prepared for the backlash that will come from tonight’s game, they have every intention of going through on a win tonight. I’m not sure Borussia Dortmund can achieve this but if they do well done to them.
AC Milan V Malaga
Ac Milan are 2nd in this group with just 4 points from 3 games. The Italian side seem to be improving slightly a little after a bad start in their domestic league as well as the Champion’s League. For Malaga it is a different story, they have won all 3 games so far and they are the only team not to have conceded a goal so far in the groups stages. Somewhat a miracle for the side in financial distress. Allegri is going with a 3-4-3 formation tonight against the Spanish side and it’s up to Malaga to fight it out for a full set of points and make history if they don’t concede.
Anderlecht v Zenit St Petersburg
Both these teams sit on the bottom of the group table with just two points between them. Anderlecht pretty much don’t have a chance of making it through but if they do they need all 3 points from this game. They are rock bottom in the group and haven’t had a very good record in their last few games. Zenit have a chance of getting through providing they win but they are without superstar Hulk tonight as he is injured.