Shoot! Champions League Matchday Six Preview

Both Manchester City and Manchester United head into the final round of group matches already ensured of qualification to the last 16 as they face Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively.

Manchester City will be hoping to avoid any repeat of their last trip to Bavaria in the Champions League back in 2011 when Carlos Tevez refused to take to the pitch as Mario Gomez scored both in a 2-0 defeat.

A 3-0 victory for Manuel Pellegrini’s side would see them take top spot in Group D ahead of the German outfit but City will be up against the competition’s sternest defence with Bayern having only conceded two goals in this season’s campaign.

The visitors’ task will be made even hard as they travel without Yaya Toure, who is missing through suspension, whilst Gael Clichy, Matija Nastasic and Stevan Jovetic are all injured, though David Silva and Joe Hart are likely to feature.

Viktoria Plzen entertain CSKA Moscow in the other match in Group D. CSKA currently hold third place, which will lead to entry into the Europa League, heading into the last group game.

David Moyes will be looking to end Manchester United’s recent Old Trafford nightmare when Shakthar come to town with United all but certain of top spot in Group A.

United will need a point to make pole position certain and will fancy their chances having drawn 1-1 away in Ukraine, but may have to complete their task without the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling, who all missed training on Monday. Michael Carrick will be missing through injury whilst Darren Fletcher has not been registered.

Shakthar, who go into matchday six in second, are yet to confirm their qualification to the knockout stages, with them sitting one point and one place above Bayer Leverkusen.

Sami Hyypia will look to rally his troops after a 5-0 defeat on matchday five as Bayer Leverkusen head to winless Real Sociedad needing to better Shakhtar’s result at Old Trafford to reach the knockout stages.

Real Madrid travel to Denmark to take on FC Copenhagen, who have a slim chance of qualification, knowing they have already topped the group.

The other tie in Group B sees Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray welcome Juventus to Turkey ahead of a crunch match in Istanbul. Mancini’s men must win in order to reach the knockout stages for a second year running.

In Group C, a Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired Paris St. Germain face Benfica away in Portugal with Laurent Blanc’s side certain of a place in the last 16, whilst the hosts are nose-to-nose with Olympiakos on seven points apiece heading into the final group game.

Olympiakos will also have home advantage when they come up against Anderlecht, who sit bottom of the group on a single point and without a win.

This article was written for shoot.co.uk and appeared there first: http://www.shoot.co.uk/preview-champions-league-11/

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