Juventus and Chelsea going for last 16 spots

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Updated: November 19, 2012

The Champions League group stages approaches the business end, as several top European names look to gain access to the last 16 of which only United, Malaga and Porto have already qualified.

Tuesday night features matches from Group E – H, Juventus and Chelsea one fixture that should get the headlines. Juventus currently lie third with 3 draws and a win, while defending Champions Chelsea are a point ahead in second level on points with Shakhtar who face Nordsjaelland.

Chelsea have won only once in eight visits to Italy, a 4-0 group stage success at S.S. Lazio in 2003/04. The other seven matches have resulted in four defeats and three draws. They also come into the game off a loss to West Brom on the weekend, however a win in Turin will see them advance. Juventus’ big concern ahead of Tuesday is Montenegrin striker Mirko Vucinic, one of the first names on Conte’s teamsheet this season but absent against Lazio due to flu-like symptoms. The Serie A leaders should have won comfortably against Lazio on Saturday however the game ended in a goalless draw. Pirlo will be pulling the strings in midfield and will be crucial for “The Old Lady” and their progress. Shakhtar the Ukranian Champions have been a surprise package this season. They Travel to Nordsjaelland who have not won in the Champions League in 10 games. A win for the visitors will make things very interesting.

In Group F, Bayern are in Valencia, a win for either will see them go through. Valencia registered a 2-1 win on the weekend against Espanyol while Bayern dropped points in a 1-1 draw with Nurnberg in the Bundesliga. BATE host struggling Lille, still without a win in this campaign.

Group G sees Barcelona at Moscow, while Celtic travel to Benfica. Barca were stunned by Celtic 2-1 in the last game however a win will see them book their spot in the last 16. Celtic can also get through this evening if they secure the points at Benfica who are joint top of the Portuguese League. A win for the home team will see them draw level on points with Celtic in second.

In Group H, Manchester United travel to Galatasaray safe in the knowledge that they have already booked their spot while Cluj host Braga with plenty still to play for. Ferguson is expected to rest a host of senior players however Rooney looks set to start.