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3 things to look out for in tonight’s Champions League games

The penultimate round of group games begins this evening with Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona and Celtic all involved.

Mesut Ozil and Jeremy Morel when Arsenal faced Marseille at the start of the season.
Mesut Ozil and Jeremy Morel when Arsenal faced Marseille at the start of the season.
Image: Claude Paris/AP/Press Association Images

1. Arsenal look to do the double over Marseille

JUST THREE POINTS separate the top three teams in Group F but Arsenal can take another step to securing top spot with a win at home to Marseille.

The Gunners lead Napoli by goal difference going into the second last round of fixtures with Borussia Dortmund, who take on Rafael Benitez’s side tonight, further back on six points.

Marseille are rock bottom having lost all four of their games and Arsenal will be expected to do the double over the French outfit having beaten them 2-1 back in September.

The Premier League leaders earned a 2-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday while Elie Baup’s men picked up a much-needed win over Ajaccio.

2. Chelsea on the verge of last 16 qualification

Having missed out the the knockout stages last season before going on to win the Europa League, 2012 winners Chelsea can clinch a place in the last 16 by avoiding defeat away to Basel.

The Blues hold a three-point advantage and far superior goal difference over Schalke with the Germans taking on Steaua Bucharest.

Jose Mourinho was left stunned when Basel visited Stamford Bridge on Matchday One as second half goals from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller earned the away team a 2-1 win after Oscar’s opener.

Two goals from Frank Lampard helped Chelsea to a routine victory after facing London rivals West Ham on Saturday. Basel, top of their domestic league, come into the game on the back of a 4-1 win over Thun.

3. Win-or-bust for Celtic

Scottish champions Celtic take on AC Milan knowing that three points are essential if they are to have any hope of securing one of the top two berths.

The Hoops sit bottom of Group H but did beat Ajax at Celtic Park and welcome an out-of-form Rossoneri who lie 13th in the Serie A table after only managing a draw against the ten-man Genoa on Saturday.

“Tuesday night is about what we do,” Celtic manager Neil Lennon said. ”We need to score more goals. It is an area we have to do better in. We have to do better at home domestically too.”

It’s not that we have not had the chances. We probably had more in the Milan game than any other. They are always going to be scarce against Barcelona.

“Ajax at home was OK but Ajax away we didn’t get going until the second half so I’m looking for a huge reaction.”

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