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Champions League: State of play after matchday four

There are just two rounds of fixtures left in the Champions League group stage and there is still plenty to play for heading into matchday five.

A total of five teams have already secured their place in the last-16 stage of the competition - these being Bayern, Napoli, Club Brugge, Real Madrid and Manchester City - while the rest of the teams are left battling for a place in the top two or third, which will see them transfer into the Europa League.

With domestic action taking centre stage next midweek, matchday five returns to the schedule from 25th-26th October and we have looked at the permutations for all eight groups.

Group A

1stNapoli12 pts
2ndLiverpool9 pts
3rdAjax3 pts
4thRangers 0 pts

Napoli have won all four of their matches, scoring 17 goals and conceding just four, to sit three points ahead of Liverpool in second.

The Reds thrashed Rangers 7-1 last time out to cement themselves in second spot, six points ahead of third-place Ajax, who must win at home to Liverpool on 26th October to keep their top-two hopes alive.

Rangers can't qualify for the next round and their chances of making the Europa League are slim, as they are three points behind Ajax and have already lost 4-0 to the Dutch giants in the head-to-head.

Group B

1stClub Brugge10 pts
2ndPorto6 pts
3rdAtletico Madrid4 pts
4thBayer Leverkusen3 pts

It has been a wonderful campaign for Club Brugge, who have already qualified from Group B and will go through as winners if they avoid defeat at home to Porto in matchday five.

Things get slightly more complicated further down the standings. Starting with Porto, their path to the last-16 will be confirmed if they beat Brugge and Atletico Madrid fail to beat Bayer Leverkusen.

Atletico will advance if they win their remaining two games, while four points from those outings would also be enough if Porto fail to beat Brugge.

Leverkusen also know that two victories would be enough for them, as long as Porto draw or lose their remaining two assignments, while a win against Atleti and a share of the spoils with Brugge would secure a path through if Porto turn up empty-handed from their last two matches.

Group C

1stBayern Munich12 pts
2ndInter Milan7 pts
3rdBarcelona4 pts
4thViktoria Plzen0 pts

Bayern have a perfect record so far and a victory at Barcelona next time out would guarantee top spot in Group C, a result that would also eliminate the Catalans from the Champions League.

A draw at home to the Bavarians would also not be enough for Xavi's men, should Inter Milan get the job done against Viktoria Plzen at the San Siro.

Barcelona, who are 5/1 to qualify from the group, look like they are heading to the Europa League for the second year running.

Group D

1stTottenham7 pts
2ndMarseille6 pts
3rdSporting Lisbon6 pts
4thEintracht Frankfurt4 pts

Spurs secured a crucial 3-2 home win against Eintracht last time out and Antonio Conte's men will qualify for the last-16 with a win at home to Sporting next time out.

Marseille would also secure their place in the next round should they pick up all three points away to Frankfurt, as the French side hold the head-to-head over Sporting.

Victories for Sporting and Eintracht would certainly tighten things up and change the whole complexion of the group heading into matchday six.

Group E

1stChelsea7 pts
2ndRB Salzburg6 pts
3rdAC Milan4 pts
4thDinamo Zagreb4 pts

Graham Potter has made a big impact since taking charge of Chelsea and his side top Group E on seven points. The Blues will qualify if they win at Salzburg next, while two draws will also send them through.

Any slip-up from Salzburg against the Premier League side would allow AC Milan, who are two behind them, the chance to go ahead or move level if they can defeat Zagreb.

Dinamo still have a chance of advancing but they will be eliminated with a loss to Milan if Chelsea get something from their next match.

Group F

1stReal Madrid10 pts
2ndRB Leipzig6 pts
3rdShakhtar Donetsk 5 pts
4thCeltic1 pts

Reigning champions Real Madrid, 12/1 to retain their crown, are already through and know top spot will be secured if they avoid defeat at Leipzig next.

Shakhtar will be hoping to pick up all three points at Celtic, who are already eliminated from the Champions League, and put themselves in charge of second place should Leipzig falter at home to Los Blancos.

Group G

1stManchester City10 pts
2ndBorussia Dortmund7 pts
3rdSevilla 2 pts
4thFC Copenhagen2 pts

Manchester City are already into the next round and a win or draw at Borussia Dortmund next would be enough to secure top spot, while BVB will be through regardless of their result against the Citizens if Copenhagen draw at Sevilla.

The big battle left in Group G looks to be for third position, which would secure a place in the Europa League.

Group H

1stParis Saint-Germain8 pts
2ndBenfica8 pts
3rdJuventus3 pts
4thMaccabi Haifa3 pts

PSG and Benfica know two points from their remaining two matches will secure their place in the next stage of the competition, as they are both five points clear of third.

Juventus are the team closest to the leading duo but the Old Lady face a big task to finish in the top two, as they must win their remaining two matches and hope either Benfica or PSG drop points.

Massimiliano Allegri's side are 16/1 to qualify from the group, while PSG and Benfica are firmly odds-on to progress.

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