It's make or break time in the Champions League this week for two English sides, Liverpool and Manchester City set to leave the competition should they fail to win their respective matches.
It really is a must-win match at the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City as they welcome the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening.
Pellegrini was eager to steer his side to success on the European stage this season, however they have had a disastrous campaign with the side looking set to exit the competition on Tuesday evening.
A surprise defeat to CSKA Roma in October sent the side to the bottom of Group D and they remain two points adrift of Roma and CSKA coming into this match, a defeat to the Bundesliga champions enough to send the Premier League side out of the competition.
Elsewhere, Chelsea face Schalke 04 on Tuesday, knowing that a win will lift them to a place in the knockout stages with one match to spare. With eight points from a possible twelve already on the board, victory against the German side will see them guarantee a finish as Group G leaders.
Over in Group F, PSG and Barcelona are already through to the knockout stages, resulting in their respective matches against Ajax and Nicosia being effectively meaningless. FC Porto clash with Borisov in Group H also in the knowledge that they are through to the last sixteen of the competition. Shakhtar Donetsk will be desperate to join them with a victory over Athletic Bilbao.
Wednesday evening’s action sees Liverpool attempt to turn around their European adventures following three successive defeats in the competition. A surprise defeat to FC Basel was followed by back-to-back defeats to reigning champions Real Madrid and a win against Ludogorets Razgrad is a necessity should Brendan Rodgers’ side wish to progress in the competition.
A place in the last 16 is within the grasp of an Arsenal side who have a tricky match ahead of them with Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga runners-up have triumphed in all of their Champions League matches so far, however a Gunners win would see them safely through, a draw or defeat seeing the North Londoners rely on other results.
Group A is a much tighter affair, three points separating all four teams. Atletico Madrid sit at the top of the group with nine points and a win for the Spanish champions over Olympiakos would be enough to see them through to the knockout stages. Juventus will clash with Malmo in the remaining Group A encounter.
We finish with Group C, leaders Bayer Leverkusen eager for the win over second placed Monaco which would secure their passage into the next round. Zenit and Benfica clash in the remaining tie, knowing that victory would send either side into second position should Bayer beat Monaco.
Either way, we are promised some thrilling action on Tuesday and Wednesday. Will Chelsea and Arsenal be progressing to the last sixteen? Will Liverpool and Manchester City be playing any further part in the competition? We’ll know in three days time!
All odds were correct at time of posting.