Champions League permutations: Who can reach the knockout stages this week?

Arsenal need just one point against Lens on Wednesday to secure a place in the Champions League knockout stages, but what are the permutations and who can qualify in the upcoming matchday?

Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Manchester City hold a 100 percent record in this season’s competition with four wins (12 points) from their four games, securing a place in the knockout stages. Joining them is Real Sociedad, Inter Milan and RB Leipzig.

In Group A, just one point separates Copenhagen, Galatasaray and Manchester United. Copenhagen are in the best place having beaten Erik ten Hag’s United, but they face a difficult game against Bayern Munich this week. Neither of the aforementioned trio can secure their place in the knockout stages in the current round of fixtures.

Group B is slightly different. Arsenal have won three of their four Champions League games this season and can secure a place in the knockout stages with just a point against Lens.

Should Napoli beat Real Madrid on Wednesday, they too will secure a place in the knockout stages with four points separating the Italian club and third-placed Braga in Group C.

Wins for Real Sociedad and Inter last matchday in Group D secured a place in the knockout stages, but Group E is a lot closer. Celtic are eliminated from European football completely with just one point from a possible 12. A win for Atlético Madrid against Feyenoord on Tuesday night will see the Spanish side secure a place in the last 16. Lazio will also secure a place should they beat Celtic and Feyenoord lose to Atlético.

In Group F, a win for Borussia Dortmund against Milan will see the Bundesliga side secure a place in the knockout stages and should BVB beat Milan, PSG triumphing over Newcastle United would also see the Parisien side secure a place in the last 16.

Both Manchester City and RB Leipzig have secured their place in the last 16 with two games to spare but in Group H, it’s a little different. Porto will advance should they beat Shakhtar Donetsk while Barcelona need four points after losing away to the Ukrainian club in the previous matchday.

Get Football | Daniel Pinder

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