Champions League group stage permutations: What Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City & Spurs need to do

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We can all agree the group stage is the least exciting part of the Champions League so it’s a blessing that this year’s opening act has absolutely flown by.

There is just one round of matches left to play before the knockouts, which take place after the World Cup, and Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are among the 12 teams to have already booked their ticket for the last 16.


Premier League rivals Tottenham will be hoping to join the trio, while Scottish Premiership duo Celtic and Rangers are already out of the running, although the Ibrox club could still seal the consolation prize of a place in the Europa League.

We’ve taken a look at the latest permutations for the Premier League and Scottish Premiership teams ahead of the find round of Champions League group-stage fixtures. You can check out the latest Champions League odds on the Paddy Power website.

Group A

Tuesday: Liverpool v Napoli (8pm)
Tuesday: Rangers v Ajax (8pm)

Liverpool need to beat Napoli by four goals or more to progress to the Champions League last 16 as group winners.

Rangers can still finish third and progress to the Europa League knockout play-offs but they will need to beat the Dutch giants by at least five goals if they’re to stand any chance of continuing their continental adventure.

Liverpool Outright Winner 2022/23

Group D

Tuesday: Marseille v Tottenham (8pm)
Tuesday: Sporting v Frankfurt (8pm)

The good news for Tottenham is that they cannot finish bottom of the group so their European campaign is guaranteed to continue. If Spurs avoid defeat in France they will progress to the Champions League last 16, a win will secure top spot and they can also progress as group winners if both games are drawn.

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Group E

Wednesday: AC Milan v Red Bull Salzburg (8pm)
Wednesday: Chelsea v Dinamo Zagreb (8pm)

Chelsea are through to the Champions League last 16 as group winners but the Blues will, no doubt, be eager to bounce back from last Saturday’s drubbing at Graham Potter’s former club Brighton.

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Group F

Tuesday: Celtic v Shakhtar Donetsk (8pm)
Tuesday: RB Leipzig v Real Madrid (8pm)

Celtic will finish fourth as they are four points behind Shakhtar Donetsk ahead of the final round of fixtures.

Group G

Tuesday: Sevilla v FC Copenhagen (5:45pm)
Tuesday: Borussia Dortmund v Man City (8pm)

Manchester City are through to the round of 16 as group winners after a goalless draw in Germany against Borussia Dortmund last week.

Man City Outright Winner 2022/23


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