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What do Premier League clubs have to play for in Champions League matchday 6?

Champions League matchday 6 kicks off on Tuesday night. Despite several teams already being through to the knockout stages, there is still plenty for clubs to play for.

Who’s into the knockout stage?

Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea are all through to the second round of the competition. However, Liverpool and Manchester United still have a lot to do on Champions League matchday 6.

Manchester City have already won group F ahead of their final game against Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian team can still go through, but need at least a draw to book their place in the next round.

Chelsea will need a win to assure themselves of top spot in the group. Anything less in their match against Atletico Madrid and the team could fall out of first place. Tottenham will face Apoel Nicosia at Wembley. Like Chelsea, Spurs need at least a draw to top group H. A loss could see Real Madrid catch the north London side.

What’s left to do?

Manchester United and Liverpool must get points on Champions League matchday 6 to assure themselves of progression to the next round. Manchester United are three points ahead of Basel and CSKA Moscow in group A. The Red Devils will host the Russian side at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. A loss would still most likely see Jose Mourinho’s side through as Manchester United’s goal difference is superior to CSKA’s.

Liverpool go into their final game one point ahead of second place Sevilla and three points ahead of Spartak Moscow. The Reds will host the Russians on Wednesday night at Anfield. Liverpool need at least a point to be assured of qualifying and winning the group.

Can an English side win the Champions League?

According to FiveThirtyEight, Manchester City have been calculated to have a 10% chance of winning the Champions League this season. It is the fifth highest projection given out by the website. Tottenham and Chelsea are the next highest Premier League sides with a 4% chance of lifting the trophy, respectively. Meanwhile, Liverpool and Manchester United both see odds of 3%.