With Manchester United and Chelsea already assured of their places and possible opponents in the knock out stages, tonight see’s Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs all involved in their last group fixtures.
Tottenham are already assured of top spot in their Group and Boss Mauricio Pochettino has decided to rest several his stars as they take on Apoel Nicosia at Wembley. Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, kieran Tipper and keeper Hugo Lloris will all sit out the visit from the Cypriot champions while Midfielder Victor Wanyama is out with a knee injury. This means a rare chance for Fernando Llorente, George-Kevin Nkoudou and Juan Foyth to impress.
Premier League leaders Manchester City have also ensured top spot in their group with a game in hand as they are yet to drop a point in Europe this year. With this in mind and the Manchester Derby at the weekend, City boss Pep Guardiola has taken a youthful squad to the Ukraine as they take on Shaktar Donetsk. England Under 17’s world cup winner Phil Foden is joined by his international team mate Tosin Adarabioyo and Spanish youth international Brahim Diaz. Foden could replace Kevin De Bruyne who is suspended, while play maker David Silva hasn’t raveled and is a doubt for the weekend’s derby game. This means namesake Bernado Silva could get only his sixth start for the club since his £43m move from Monaco in the summer.
Despite being top of group E, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doesn’t luxury of resting players as they welcome Spartak Moscow to Anfield in their final group fixture. Victory would see the reds qualify for the knock out stages for the first time since 2008/09 season, whoever defeat added to a Seville win against group minnows NK Maribor could see them miss out complete and end up in the Europa Cup draw instead.
Klopp has stated he will be fielding his strongest possible side and after facing an mini injury crisis in defence last week and resorting to fielding players out of position, Klopp will be happy about the return of Joe Gomez and Ragan Klavan who have both recovered from ‘sickness’ that saw them miss the Weekends win.