Some big European clubs will potentially find themselves out of contention for the UEFA Champions League title this week, as Matchday 5 of the competition contains some crucial group-stage fixtures.
Napoli are one of those sides, who despite leading the way in Serie A this term, have struggled to get it going in European competition. They take on Shakhtar Donetsk knowing only a win will do if they’re to keep their slim hopes of qualification alive.
Elsewhere, both Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid may also find themselves unable to progress. Even if they beat Tottenham Hotspur and Roma, respectively, results elsewhere have the potential to seal their fate.
It’s also a big week for Juventus, who need a result at home to Barcelona to relieve pressure from their qualifying effort.
Here’s the schedule for this week’s fixtures and a closer look at what should be a couple of standout clashes.
Matchday 5 Full Fixtures:
Tuesday, November 21
Group E: Sevilla vs. Liverpool (2 1) | Spartak Moscow vs. Maribor (3 1)
Group F: Manchester City vs. Feyenoord (4 0) | Napoli vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (2 2)
Group G: Besiktas vs. Porto (2 2) | Monaco vs. RB Leipzig (3 1)
Group H: APOEL vs. Real Madrid (1 3) | Borussia Dortmund vs. Tottenham Hotspur (2 1)
Wednesday, November 22
Group A: Basel vs. Manchester United (1 3) | CSKA Moscow vs. Benfica (1 1)
Group B: Anderlecht vs. Bayern Munich (1 4) |Paris Saint-Germain vs. Celtic (4 0)
Group C: Qarabag vs. Chelsea (1 3) | Atletico Madrid vs. Roma (1 1)
Group D: Juventus vs. Barcelona (1 1) | Sporting vs. Olympiakos (2 1)
Barcelona Vs Juventus
Having come so close only to fall at the final hurdle last season in the Champions League, Juventus would have been hoping to go one better this term in the competition. But their qualification chances are under some pressure.
With two games to go they lead Sporting CP, who are in third, by just three points. It means defeat for Juve and a win for the Portuguese side against Olympiakos would make the final fixtures interesting.
The situation could have been worse for the Italians. Last time out against Sporting, Gonzalo Higuain struck late on to secure a crucial point for Juve against the Portuguese side.
The Bianconeri will need him at his deadly best against Barcelona here. Barca may have already qualified for the knockout stages, but they can ensure top spot if they avoid defeat.
So far this term under Ernesto Valverde they’ve proved to be a tough nut to crack, adding a robustness at the back to complement the attacking flair they’re renowned for.
Juventus 1-1 Barcelona
Culled from Bleacherreport.