Tuesday UCL preview: Man United in must win clash with Wolfsburg, Man City host BMG

It is a must win situation for Man United as their Champions League hopes hang in the balance where three points against Wolfsburg should see them into the last 16 but anything less, their campaign could come to a premature end.

After being held to a scoreless draw by PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford two weeks ago, Man United must win to secure their passage through to the last 16 but they face a tough trip to Wolfsburg to do so.

Man United came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 in the reverse fixture image: skysports.com

Man United came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 in the reverse fixture
image: skysports.com

Man United have yet to win away in their group and after a poor run of results recently, they need to turn their form around fast or it could be goodbye Champions League and an unwelcome hello to the Europa League.

After a run of three straight draws most recently their below-par performance in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with West Ham I am not confident about United getting the result they need, but as a fan I remain hopeful they can do it.

Should Man United lose, PSV Eindhoven will qualify for the last 16 as long as they grab at least a point against CSKA Moscow in the other group B game. Wins for Man Utd and PSV will see both teams go through but a draw for each would see United claim a last 16 place.

After beating Man City 1-0 two weeks ago, Juventus will claim top spot in their group if they come away from their trip to Sevilla with at least a point with City ready to pounce should they lose in Spain.

Man City already assured their place in the last 16 with a 3-1 win in Sevilla but that defeat in Turin two weeks ago looks like Manuel Pellegrini’s side might have to settle for second spot in group D and a potential last 16 clash with a European heavyweight.

Nevertheless, Man City host Borussia Monchengladbach who come to Manchester on the back of ending Bayern Munich’s unbeaten start in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over Pep Guardiola’s side at the weekend.

Despite that win for the Germans, I expect City to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat at Stoke with victory against the German side but I also reckon Juve will get what they need in Seville to claim top spot in group D.

One other group also have the two qualifiers decided but top spot is still up for grabs when Benfica hosting Atletico Madrid in a straight shootout for top spot in group C.

Both teams are level on ten points each but Benfica currently hold first place thanks to a 2-1 win at Atletico in September which means Diego Simeone’s side need a victory of two goals or more to leapfrog their opponents.

Benfica won at Atletico Madrid 2-1 back in September image: fanatik.com.fr

Benfica won at Atletico Madrid 2-1 back in September
image: fanatik.com.fr

Galatasaray host FC Astana of Kazakhstan in the other group C game with a spot in the Europa League round of 32 up for grabs.

Real Madrid are assured top spot in group A thanks to a 1-0 win over PSG and they welcome Swedish side Malmo to the Santiago Bernabeu tonight in what is expected to be a comfortable victory for Rafa Benitez’ side.

French champions PSG are also assured their place in the knockout stages as they host Shakhtar Donetsk in their final group game, with the Ukrainian side expected to hang on to a Europa League place.

Group A

PSG v Shakhtar Donetsk (1945)
Real Madrid v Malmo (1945)

Group B

PSV Eindhoven v CSKA Moscow (1945)
Wolfsburg v Man United (1945)

Group C

Benfica v Atletico Madrid (1945)
Galatasaray v Astana (1945)

Group D

Man City v Borussia Monchengladbach (1945)
Sevilla v Juventus (1945)

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