Only 4 spots are remaining out of 16 in the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League, 2016-17. Teams are classified as group champions and group runner-ups in some groups, as well. But, still, the matchday is important for many teams. Let’s go through all the groups to see the situations.
In the Group A, both Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain qualified with same points, but the French side leads the group because of a superior head to head record. Arsenal will go to Basel and PSG will host Ludogorets. Arsenal and PSG, both should win. In that case, Arsenal will move as the second placed team. On the other hand, both Basel and Ludogorets are on 2 points, but the team from Bulgaria is ahead due to head to head record. One of them will go to the Europa League. So, the match between Arsenal and Basel will be interesting. Both teams will try to win for different purpose.
It is the only open group in the UEFA Champions League as of now. Any two of Napoli (8 points), Benfica (8 points) and Besiktas (7 points) may qualify. Dynamo Kiev will host Besiktas. Napoli and Benfica will go head to head. It will be intense battle and very hard to predict the outcomes.
Barcelona have qualified as the group champion. They will face Borussia Monchengladbach who have already moved into the Europa League knock out stage. Though Barcelona are not in the best form, but they should win because the German team is not in good shape, either. Manchester City have qualified as the group runner-up. They will host already eliminated Celtic. So, the matches of this group are formalities. There is nothing big at stake in this group.
Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are already the top two teams of this group. They will collide in Germany. Other than Bayern want to take revenge against Atletico, there is not much on the line. But the other match is very important. Rostov (4 points) will travel to the Netherlands to play PSV (1 point). Fresh from their victory over Bayern, Rostov are confident, but PSV is not an easy place. A draw will ensure the place for the Russian into the Europa League knockout stage for the first time. It will be a tough match to predict, but the Dutch side may sneak in.
Group E is also settled. Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen will finish as the top two teams of this group regardless of the last matchday results. Tottenham are just 3 points behind Leverkusen but they can’t overcome the German due to the head to head rule. Tottenham will host CSKA Moscow. They need a draw to hold the third place.
Like Group A, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid secured the top two places but they are not classified the position in the group. Unlike Group A, they will go face each other to settle this. The match will be in Madrid and the home side is favourite. Sporting CP (3 points) will go to Legia Warshaw (1 point) for a place in the Europa League. The host needs a win, but the Portuguese side need just a point to qualify.
Despite their poor form in the Premier League, Leicester have topped the group. For the second place, Porto (8 points) and Copenhagen (6 points) will fight. Copenhagen will play Club Brugge (0 point). So, it is expected that the Danish side will win. Then, Porto have to beat Leicester and they are capable of it.
Juventus (11 points) have qualified for the knockout stages, but their position is still unassigned. Sevilla (10 points) will go to Lyon (7 points). If the Spanish side hold, they will go through. Juventus expect to beat Dinamo Zagreb (0 point). So, there should not be any problem for the top spot. But the battle is between Sevilla and Lyon.