City must win against Real, Ibra hoping to fire PSG into last 16

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Updated: November 20, 2012

Champions League action continues on Wednesday with some European heavyweights looking to secure their spots in the knock out stages of the coveted showpiece. Arsenal will be hoping to join Manchester United when they host Montpellier, PSG will be looking to Ibrahimovic to fire them through away to Kiev, AC Milan are at Anderlecht hoping to relive some pressure on what has been a shocking season domestically and Real Madrid are in Manchester against an inform City.

In Group A, Porto who have already qualified, host winless Zagreb. Porto have a pretty impressive record at home in Europe, having won 7 from their last 10. PSG come into Wednesday nights game in Kiev off the back of a domestic loss to Rennes, however a 4-1 thrashing of the home team in the opening exchanges of this seasons Champions League,  the knowledge that a win will see them through to the last 16 and the form of Ibrahimovic should be enough for the Paris based team.

Group B remains wide open, with only 2 points separating Schalke, Arsenal and Olympiacos. The Gunners are at home against Montpellier, and Wenger will be hoping that their Saturday romp over Spurs in the big London Derby, will spark a march into the last 16. Schalke host Olympiacos in Germany knowing a win will see them through. The Greeks however will be wary that Leverkusen got the better of them 2-0 on the weekend in the Bundesliga, and that a win is possible.

Group C is still very much alive, despite Malaga already securing a spot. Zenit host the Spanish knowing that they have to win to stand any chance of qualification, while Anderlecht would leapfrog Milan into second spot should they beat Massimiliano Allegri’s men, a result that would take them tantalisingly close to a first appearance in the last 16 since 2000/01. El Shaarawy will be key in front of goal for the Milan giants.

Group D has definitely been the most challenging. Ajax host leaders Dortmund with a very good record against German clubs, having won 12 of 13 at home, however a win for the Bundesliga Champions will send them through. Manchester City have been disappointing in Europe over the last 2 years, however haven’t been beaten in 19 European home games, it is a tough ask but the equation is simple for Mancini, they must beat Real if they are to have any chance of qualification.