Champions League permutations: Who could go through?

Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern München, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are through and 12 teams hope to join them after the next set of games on 21 and 22 November.

Shakhtar Donetsk are just a point away
Shakhtar Donetsk are just a point away ©AFP/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern München, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are through and 12 teams hope to join them after the next set of games on 21 and 22 November. UEFA.com explains the permutations.

  • Through to round of 16: Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern München, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur
  • Could qualify on matchday five: Manchester United, Basel, Roma, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Sevilla, Liverpool, Shakhtar Donetsk, Beşiktaş, Porto, Real Madrid
  • Cannot finish in top two: Celtic, Anderlecht, Feyenoord
  • Full standings

All information in this article is subject to final confirmation from UEFA. These examples may not cover all potential situations. All kick-offs 20:45CET except *18:00CET.

TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER

Group E: Spartak Moskva (5) v Maribor (1)*, Sevilla (7) v Liverpool (8)

  • Liverpool will qualify with a win, or with a draw if Spartak lose.
  • Sevilla will qualify if they win.

  • Spartak cannot be eliminated whatever their result and will ensure at least third place with a draw.

  •  Maribor must win and hope Sevilla lose to stay in contention for a top-two finish. They will finish fourth if they fail to win.

Group F: Napoli (3) v Shakhtar Donetsk (9), Manchester City (12) v Feyenoord (0)

  • Man. City are through and will clinch first place if they win and Shakhtar do not or if City draw and Shakhtar lose

  • Shakhtar will be through if they avoid defeat or if they lose but hold a better head-to-head after both games against Napoli.

  • Napoli therefore must win by any scoreline that leaves them at least level with Shakhtar on head-to-head. They will confirm a top-three finish if they pick up more points than Feyenoord.
  • Feyenoord are unable to finish in the top two and will be confirmed in fourth if they draw and Napoli win or if Feyenoord lose and Napoli avoid defeat.

Group G: Beşiktaş (10) v Porto (6)*, Monaco (2) v RB Leipzig (4)

  • Beşiktaş are through (and would clinch first place) with a draw. Even if they lose, they are through if Leipzig do not win.

  • Porto are through if they win and Leipzig do not.

  • Leipzig will be out of contention for a top-two finish if they do not win and Porto do.

  • Monaco must win and hope Porto do not to stay in contention for a top-two finish. They will be confirmed in fourth if they lose.

Group H: Borussia Dortmund (2) v Tottenham Hotspur (10), APOEL (2) v Real Madrid (7)

  • Tottenham are through and would ensure first place with a win, or if they at least match Madrid’s result (due to their superior head-to-head).
  • Madrid will qualify if they win, or if they draw and Dortmund fail to win.
  • Dortmund must win and hope Madrid do not to stay in contention for a top-two place.
  • APOEL must win to stay in contention for a top-two place.

WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER

Group A: CSKA Moskva (6 points) v Benfica (0)*, Basel (6) v Manchester United (12)

  • Man. United will qualify (as group winners) with a draw. Their progress will be confirmed if CSKA do not win.
  • Basel will be through if they win and CSKA lose due to better head-to-head.
  • Benfica must win and hope Basel lose to stay in contention for a top-two place. If they fail to win they will be confirmed in fourth.

Group B: Paris Saint-Germain (12) v Celtic (3), Anderlecht (0) v Bayern München (9)

  • Paris are through and will clinch first place if they win and Bayern do not, or if Paris draw and Bayern lose.
  • Bayern are through.
  • Celtic cannot finish in the top two but will seal third place if they win and Anderlecht do not, or if Celtic draw and Anderlecht lose.
  • Anderlecht cannot finish in the top two.

Group C: Qarabağ (2) v Chelsea (7)*, Atlético Madrid (3) v Roma (8)

  • Roma are through with a draw. They can clinch first place if they win and Chelsea do not.
  • Chelsea are through with a win, or a draw if Atlético do not win.
  • Atlético will remain in contention with a win, or with a draw if Chelsea lose. They will seal at least third place if they win and Qarabağ lose.
  • Qarabağ must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish. They will be confirmed in fourth if they lose and Atlético win.

Group D: Juventus (7) v Barcelona (10), Sporting CP (4) v Olympiacos (1)

  • Barcelona will be through, as group winners with a draw. They will also qualify even if they lose should Sporting not win.
  • Juventus are through if they avoid defeat should Sporting not win.
  • Sporting will remain in contention if they win but will be unable to be finish in the top two if they lose, or if they draw and Juve do not lose. A draw clinches at least third place.
  • Olympiacos must win and hope Juventus lose to stay in contention for a top-two finish. If Olympiacos do not win they will finish fourth.

*Kick-off 18:00CET rather than 20:45CET

Standings are provisional until all matches have been played.