Champions' League Fixtures

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Tuesday:

Chelsea v Apoel Nicosia

There is little to play for in Group D, with Chelsea (13pts) certain of winning it and Porto (9pts) qualifying as runners-up. Apoel (2pts), making their debut in the competition, can have little hope of pipping Atletico Madrid (3pts) to the Europa League place and will do well to become the first visiting team to score at the Bridge since Hull on 15 August.

Wolfsburg v Manchester United

Picking too many of his young 'uns again could cost Sir Alex Ferguson top place in the group as a 1-0 win for Wolfsburg (7pts) would carry them above United (10pts). Last season's surprise German champions, who lost 2-1 at Old Trafford, will be going for it as they need to finish above CSKA Moscow (7pts), who are away to bottom club Besiktas (4pts).

Wednesday:

Liverpool v Fiorentina

Hopes of having Fiorentina (12pts) within reach when they visited Anfield disappeared in the last round of matches as the Italians beat Lyon (10pts). Liverpool (7pts) are left to contemplate joining Everton in the Europa League and boosting morale ahead of next Sunday's home game against Arsenal. The temptation is therefore to rest a number of players here.

Olympiacos v Arsenal

Everything was going so well when Arsenal (13pts) beat Olympiacos (7pts) with two late goals at the Emirates back in September, Robin van Persie continuing his fluent scoring run with one of them. The most interesting question after recent setbacks, including the Dutchman's ankle injury, is whether a replacement striker will be signed before the knockout stage begins.

Seville v Rangers

So, farewell Rangers (2pts), who are doomed to finish bottom of Group G, their campaign having fallen apart in the second match when a rampant Seville (10pts) scored four times in 24 minutes at Ibrox. Luis Fabiano and Co cannot even be relied on to take it easy here; they need a point to guarantee finishing top ahead of under-rated Unirea (8pts) after losing to them last time out.

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