Three teams currently in Champions League limbo

With two games to go in the Champions League group stage, there are a number of teams whose progress depends on other results going their way.

Manchester City, Real Madrid and Zenit St. Petersburg have already booked their place in the last 16, and Bonus Code Bets have looked at the probability of the other sides going through.

 

Below are three teams in particular that will be worth keeping an eye on next week.

Arsenal

The Gunners currently sit third in Group F after picking up just three points from a possible twelve available so far, and they must win both of their final games to have any chance of making it to the knockout stage for the 17th successive time.

A defeat away to Bayern Munich last time out was by no means unexpected but the 5-1 score line did set off some alarms, even if Arsene Wenger was a few players short due to injuries.

The damage was really done in the first two games as they slumped to defeats away to Dinamo Zagreb and at home to Olympiakos when David Ospina dropped a clanger for one of the three goals conceded.

On Tuesday night they play host to Dinamo and even three points will be of no use if Olympiakos pick up any sort of result in Munich.

Should results work out in their favour though, Arsenal will then travel to Greece on the final match day in need of another win to avoid playing Thursday night football.

Bayer Leverkusen

On paper, Barcelona and Roma would have been comfortable favourites to progress from Group E when the draw was originally made, and the standings at present reflect that.

However, with Barca well out in front on ten points, there is a very interesting battle for the runner up spot as Roma sit on five points and Bayer on four.

Tuesday sees the Germans travel to BATE Borisov, who despite being bottom can also mathematically qualify for the knockout stage, while the Italians head to the Camp Nou.

If Bayer can manage three points from the trip to Belarus they will likely leapfrog Roma and have their fate in their own hands on the final matchday when they welcome Barcelona to the BayArena.

 

Galatasary

The Turkish giants have parted company with coach Hamza Hamzaoglu, leaving former Brazil goalkeeper and 1994 World Cup winner Claudio Taffarel in charge until a permanent replacement is found.

Galatasary currently sit third in the Super Lig, five points behind leaders Besiktas, and Hamzaoglu had only been in the position since last December.

The board delivered the message that they don’t want to work with me any more and I respect this decision. I don’t want to talk too much about this subject. I just want to thank all the people who showed faith and supported us.

– Hamza Hamzaoglu

In the Champions League, there is plenty of work to do to if they are to overhaul Atletico Madrid for the second qualification position with Benfica leading the way with nine points from four games.

Atleti (seven points) play host to Galatasary (four points) at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday night and the latter will need big performances from the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Lukas Podolski and skipper Selcuk Inan if they are to get the result that they desperately need.

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