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Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016 19:14 EATtmatalanga@kenyafreepress.com
Manchester City are set to face F.C Barcelona tonight at the City of Manchester Stadium popularly known to the City fans as Etihad stadium. Pep Guardiola lost to his former club by four goals on match day three. Guardiola's charges are in a must win encounter to ensure that they qualify for the knockout stages of the European continental showpiece.
The 'Citizens' who currently lie second in Group C with four points must win to build some ground against Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic. They beat West Bromwich Albion 4-0 over the weekend to show their intent to lift the premiership title this season. This was a clear sign of the form City are in and with a spot in the knockout stages to fight for, Pep's charges may possibly astonish Barca.
Should Barcelona win tonight then they will move into the next round as winners of Group C. Monchengladbach could change the standings in the table and move to second spot if they win and City lose to Barca. Celtic will tie with City if they beat Monchengladbach and City lose.
Arsenal will qualify for their eighteenth consecutive knockout stage if they beat Ludogorets Razgrad. The 'Gunners' easily won by 6-0 on match day three against Ludogorets. Wenger, who recently celebrated his 20th year as manager of the Gunners, will have to win this match and hope that Paris St Germain lose to F.C Basel in order to win the group considering that they are separated from PSG by goal difference.Basel occupy bottom spot in group A.
Leicester City is the only English club with 100 % record start in the Champions League this season. The 'Foxes' beat Club Brugge, F.C Porto and F.C Copenhagen respectively in match day one, two and three. They will qualify for the knockout stages if they win away to Copenhagen tomorrow. Should Porto win tonight and Copenhagen lose, then they would move to second spot with seven points. Club Brugge is still without a win so far and lies at the bottom of group G with no points.
Matalanga is a student of journalism at the East Africa School of Media Studies and an intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.