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First up on Tuesday evening is the two Manchester clubs. United are at home to Portuguese side Benfica, while City have a trip to Italy to face Napoli.
Focusing on United to begin with, this is of course a game they should win, but also one they really need too. As things stand in Group C, they are level on points with Tuesday’s opponents and with two games to go can ill afford to drop points.
They may be in a good position to qualify, but they want to top the group to make their last 16 match slightly easier. Therefore, three points at Old Trafford this evening is a priority for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.
As for City, they are in a similar position to their local rivals. With two games to go in Group A, the Premier League leaders sit second, three points behind Bayern Munich.
Just two points adrift of Roberto Mancini’s men is Tuesday’s opponents Napoli, so City would be overtaken by the Italians should they lose the game. It is therefore a massive game in City’s season.
Moving on to Wednesday, Arsenal have a home game with German club Borussia Dortmund, while Chelsea – who lost to Liverpool at the weekend – face a difficult trip to Bayer Leverkusen.
Both teams need the win too with qualification to the knock-out stages not secured as yet. Arsenal are top of their group though and three points on Wednesday would ensure they qualify.
Chelsea also top their group and would put themselves in an excellent position to top the group if they come away from Germany with the win. They could do with the boost too after poor form domestically of late.
Overall, all four Premier League teams still have work to do to progress to the knock-out stages of the Champions League, meaning that this is a very important week for them.