Battle of the group winners in tonight’s Champions League action

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Updated: December 4, 2012

Tonight sees the final group matches in this years Champions League for group A-D. The top 2 in each group to advance has already been decided, in group C Malaga are guaranteed top spot wile in group D so are Dortmund. In group A and B there is all to play for as Porto, PSG, Schalke and Arsenal battle it out for top spot.

PSG are fighting for top spot against Porto, under a cloud of some very bad domestic form. Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Nice was PSG’s third in the past five league games and came only days after they were knocked out of the League Cup quarterfinals by Saint-Etienne on penalty kicks. PSG must beat Porto at Parc des Princes to finish at the top of the group  but the Portuguese club will be feeling confident after beating PSG 1-0 earlier this season. Kiev travel to Zagreb looking to consolidate 3rd place in the group.

Arsenal have left six first-team regulars in London ahead of their final Champions League group stage match against Olympiakos. Midfielders Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta, forwards Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott as well as defender Per Mertesacker were all missing from Arsenal’s 18-man squad for Tuesday’s match in Greece. Arsenal have already guaranteed their passage through to the last 16. They can top Group B if they win and German side Schalke, who lead the English club by one point, draw or lose against French champions Montpellier.

In group C Malaga the surprise package are at home to Anderlecht safe in the knowledge that they have secured top sport, while a resurgent AC Milan are at home to Zenit knowing they have gone through. Zenit is third on goal difference, with its head-to-head record with Anderlecht level. So if both of the final group matches end in draws, Zenit will advance. Anderlecht needs to pick up more points than Zenit or move ahead on goal difference.

In group D,  Real Madrid are at home to Ajax, and Manchester City away to group winners Dortmund. An unlikely victory at leaders Dortmund will probably be enough to take third spot in Group D for City, however a win for the Dutch in Madrid will see City not take any further part in Europe at all this season.