LIVE: Manchester City vs Marseille – Pep Guardiola’s men aim to round off Champions League group stage unbeaten… plus updates from Real Madrid and Inter Milan’s key clashes
- Manchester City host Marseille in their final Champions League group stage tie
- Pep Guardiola’s men have already topped Group C and are expected to rotate
- Elsewhere, Real Madrid and Inter Milan’s European hopes hang in the balance
- Latest Champions League news, live action and results can be found here
- Champions League table – as it stands
Manchester City welcome Marseille to the Etihad in their final Champions League group stage clash tonight – and can rest assured that their spot at the top of Group C has already been secured.
Pep Guardiola is expected to rotate his side for the fixture and will target rounding off the first stage of the competition unbeaten. Marseille are in need of bettering Olympiakos’ result, meanwhile, to seal a Europa League place.
Elsewhere, Real Madrid and Inter Milan’s European hopes are also hanging in the balance. Real Madrid take on Borussia Monchengladbach in a tie where the victor will top Group B. Zinedine Zidane’s team are still capable of crashing out, however. Inter play Shakhtar Donetsk.
Sportsmail’s DANIEL DAVIS will provide live text coverage of Man City vs Marseille including the score, lineups and build-up.
Real Madrid are teetering on the edge of either qualification or elimination heading into their clash with Borussia Monchengladbach. Here are the permutations for them:
They will finish…
FIRST – if they win and Shakhtar Donetsk don’t
SECOND – if they win and Shakhtar Donetsk win OR they draw and Shakhtar lose
THIRD – if they don’t win and Shakhtar Donetsk don’t lose
FOURTH – if they lose and Shakhtar Donetsk also lose
Got that? Pretty complicated, I know!
The situation in Group C is, mercifully, very simple.
Manchester City are already through as group winners, and Porto will also progress in second spot.
It’s between Olympiakos and Marseille to clinch third place, and a spot in the Europa League this season.
Olympiakos will finish third as it stands, as long as Marseille don’t pick up more than points than them.
The Bundesliga club have made two changes from their draw with Freiburg at the weekend.
Nico Elvedi returns to their backline and Marcus Thuram has also been recalled.
It’s a very strong team from Zinedine Zidane tonight, unsurprisingly.
Sergio Ramos returns after his month-long injury lay-off, while Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro make up the midfield three.
We’ll run through the job at hand for Real Madrid very shortly.
Here is how Marseille look tonight:
Starting XI: Mandanda, Sakai, Alvaro, Balerdi, Nagatomo, Sanson, Kamara, Gueye, Thauvin, Germain, Payet
Andre-Villas Boas’ team will look to better Olympiakos’ result and clinch third spot – which would hand them Europa League football.
It’s nine changes this evening for the hosts – and Sergio Aguero is fit enough to be named on the bench.
Zach Steffen starts for his Champions League debut between the sticks.
Nathan Ake will make his first start since November.
Welcome along to Sportsmail’s live coverage of another hectic night of Champions League action!
There were plenty of twists and turns yesterday with Manchester United crashing out at the first hurdle, but neighbours City are in action in just over an hour with their spot at the top of Group C already secured.
We’ll bring you minute-by-minute coverage from the clash at the Etihad in this live blog.
Real Madrid are also playing this evening and their European fate is hanging firmly in the balance. Any of the four teams in Group B can still qualify or drop into the Europa League.
Zinedine Zidane’s men take on current group leaders Borussia Monchengladbach, and we’ll keep you up to speed on that game as the goals go in.
We’ll also be around the grounds for the other fixtures as the group stage comes to a close.
First up though, as usual, it’s the team news…
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