Pirlo looking to seal Chelsea’s fate, make or break for Celtic

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Updated: December 5, 2012

Defending champions Chelsea need a few favours tonight if they want to avoid being the first team not not advance into the last 16 of the Champions League while holding the trophy. Juventus will be looking for the points and top spot at Shakhtar which will be enough to seal the fate of Chelsea, Bayern and Valencia hope to take top spot in group F, while in group G and H the final outcome remains anybodies guess.

Chelsea are vying with Juventus for the second qualifying spot from Group E but even if they beat Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday they will become the first champions to go out at the group stage if the Italians avoid defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk. If Juventus win they will secure top spot in the group. While Shakhtar are formidable opponents at home, Juventus will go there full of confidence after a 3-0 win against Torino on Saturday cemented their place at the top of Serie A.

In group F, Bayern and Valencia have already booked their places in the last 16, however top spot is still up for grabs. Bayern are at home to BATE while Valencia are away to Lille.

Group G is interesting, Barca have already won the group however Benfica and Celtic have it all to play for in the battle for second. Celtic are at home to Moscow, who they have already beaten in the group stages, while Benfica have the more difficult task of traveling to the Camp Nou. Messi is just one goal short of former Germany and Bayern Munich striker Mueller’s 40-year-old record with his tally of 84 goals for club and country in 2012 and is expected to start.

In group G group winners Manchester United host Cluj who could close out second while Galatasaray who look favourites to join United are away to Braga.