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It's decision time in the Champions League this week as Europe's finest scramble to book their places in the knockout rounds in the new year.

A handful of sides have already made it safely through to the last-16 with two rounds of games remaining and another group will join them if results go their way.

Seven clubs have already been eliminated and are left fighting for the consolation of Europa League football after Christmas.

Inter Milan could be eliminated from the Champions League this week as the competition's group stage reaches its crucial matchday five on Tuesday and Wednesday

Inter Milan could be eliminated from the Champions League this week as the competition's group stage reaches its crucial matchday five on Tuesday and Wednesday

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And others, including big names such as Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax, are still sweating on their progression with elimination an unthinkable embarrassment.

Ahead of the fifth round of group stage matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, here's the state of play.

LAST-16 PLACE ALREADY SECURED

It's not quite feet-up time but the pressure is certainly reduced on Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea, Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus, who all booked their passage to the knockout phase last week.

Reigning champions Bayern have picked up where they left off last season with four wins from four not only assuring them of the last-16 but a seeding as group winners. They make the trip to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday knowing they can't be caught.

Defending champions Bayern Munich have progressed serenely into the knockout rounds

Defending champions Bayern Munich have progressed serenely into the knockout rounds

Bayern have won all four of their matches after picking up where they left off in August

Bayern have won all four of their matches after picking up where they left off in August

Manchester City also boast an unblemished record of four wins from their first four matches

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Manchester City also boast an unblemished record of four wins from their first four matches

Manchester City also have an unblemished record and will secure top spot if they avoid defeat away to Porto on Tuesday.

Chelsea got through thanks to their win over Rennes last week and all that's left is to fight it out with Sevilla for top spot. The two sides meet in Spain on Wednesday.

Barcelona may be struggling domestically but have a 100 per cent record in Europe. A win over Ferencvaros secures top spot with Juventus three points behind but also already qualified.

Chelsea and Sevilla will compete for top spot with both teams already safely through

Chelsea and Sevilla will compete for top spot with both teams already safely through

Barcelona secured their place in the last-16 with a 4-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev last week

Barcelona secured their place in the last-16 with a 4-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev last week

Barcelona and Juventus have already secured their progression in a lopsided Group G

Barcelona and Juventus have already secured their progression in a lopsided Group G

ON THE BRINK OF THE KNOCKOUT STAGE

Eight teams have the opportunity to join the six already qualified over the next two nights.

In Group D, Liverpool will get through if they avoid defeat by Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday.

It's also the same equation for , who top Group H, and need just a point at home to Paris Saint-Germain to advance. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will be confirmed as group winners if they win and RB Leipzig don't against Istanbul Basaksehir. Alternatively, if United draw and Leipzig lose.

Atletico will go through this week if they beat Bayern and Lokomotiv Moscow fail to beat Red Bull Salzburg.

Liverpool were stung by Atalanta last week but can secure their passage against Ajax

Liverpool were stung by Atalanta last week but can secure their passage against Ajax 

Liverpool will progress from Group D if they avoid defeat against Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday

Liverpool will progress from Group D if they avoid defeat against Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday 

Manchester United gained their revenge on Istanbul Basaksehir to move closer to the last-16

gained their revenge on Istanbul Basaksehir to move closer to the last-16

Manchester United will qualify if they avoid defeat in Wednesday's meeting with PSG

will qualify if they avoid defeat in Wednesday's meeting with PSG

TUESDAY  

8pm kick-off UK time unless stated

GROUP A

Lokomotiv Moscow vs Red Bull Salzburg (5.55pm)

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Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich

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GROUP B

Shakhtar Donetsk vs (5.55pm)

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Inter Milan

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GROUP C

Porto vs Manchester City

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Marseille vs Olympiacos

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GROUP D

Atalanta vs Midtjylland

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Liverpool vs Ajax

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WEDNESDAY  

8pm kick-off UK time unless stated

GROUP E

Krasnodar vs Rennes (5.55pm)

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