While Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund grapple for top spot in Group F, twice former winners Porto and Sevilla look to clinch the two remaining spots in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.
Portuguese giants Porto, European champions in 1987 and 2004, host Leicester City in their final group stage match wary of FC Copenhagen pipping them to second in Group G.
Despite a woeful defence of their Premier League crown, Leicester are guaranteed to finish top of their section in Europe and avoid the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the next round.
And the Foxes could well decide which team joins them in the knockout phase with Copenhagen, third in the group, trailing Porto by two points ahead of a trip to pointless Club Brugge.
Porto halted a run of five straight draws courtesy of teenager Rui Pedro’s 95th-minute winner over Braga at the weekend, ending a club record run of 520 minutes without a goal.
“What matters is that we won three points and we are going to try to take advantage of this to continue to grow and believe,” said Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
“I believe the results haven’t been showing what we do.”
Porto will secure their passage to the last 16 with victory over Leicester, but anything less will open the door for Copenhagen, who have a head-to-head advantage over the Portuguese on away goals.
“We kept a clean sheet, and now we just have to go Brugge and get a victory — and then hope that Leicester do their job and beat Porto,” said Copenhagen’s Swedish international Erik Johansson after last month’s 0-0 home draw against Porto.
Copenhagen, unbeaten domestically this term, stretched their lead in Denmark to 11 points on Saturday after securing an eighth successive win with a 1-0 defeat of Randers.
Three-time reigning Europa League champions Sevilla are favourites to advance alongside Juventus in Group H, with Lyon needing to beat the Spaniards by at least two goals at Parc OL.
Lyon’s preparations were overshadowed by the ugly scenes that prompted Saturday’s game at Metz to be called off after just 31 minutes with goalkeeper Anthony Lopes targeted by firecrackers thrown by home supporters.
The Portugal international, 26, was taken to hospital after suffering “traumatic hearing loss” in both ears but is expected to make a full recovery with no lasting damage.
His status for Wednesday’s fixture is very much in doubt, but Lyon will draw encouragement knowing Sevilla — without manager Jorge Sampaoli due to a touchline ban — have lost on all three previous trips to France.
* Agence France-Presse
Champions League Fixtures
All matches at 11.45pm UAE time
• Basel v Arsenal
• Paris SG v Ludogorets
• Benfica v Napoli
• Dynamo Kiev v Besiktas
• Manchester City v Celtic
• Barcelona v Borussia Moenchengladbach
• Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid
• PSV Eindhoven v Rostov
• Bayer Leverkusen v Monaco
• Tottenham Hotspur v CSKA Moscow
• Legia Warsaw v Sporting Lisbon
• Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund
• Club Brugge v FC Copenhagen
• FC Porto v Leicester City
• Juventus v Dinamo Zagreb
• Lyon v Sevilla
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