Tottenham – FC Basel
Tottenham out: Walker, Sandro, Tom Carrol, Defoe, Kaboul. Hugo Lloris is doubtful
Basel out: Philipp Degen, Jevtic, Badilla, Marcelo Diaz, Joo Ho Park. David Degen is doubtful
Fenerbahce – Lazio
Fener out: orhan Sam, Milos Krasic, Emre and Ozturk
Lazio out: Foggia, Diakite, Brocchi, Mauro Zarate, Luis Pedro Cavanda, Konko, Floccari, Andre Dias, Bruno Pereirinha, Saha, Stankevicius, Strakosha
Benfica – Newcastle
Benfica out: Sarvio and Alan Kardec. Nemanja Matic doubtful
Newcastle out: Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Fabricio Coloccini, Hatem Ben Arfa, Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran, Haidara, Cheik Tiote. Doubtful is David Santon
Chelsea – Rubin Kazan
Chelsea out: Romeu, Cahill, Ashley Cole and Demba Ba
Kazan out: M’Vila
suspensions in Danmark, Nordic Bet Ligaen
Klaus Lykke (AB)
Kenneth Bjergsted (Bronshoj)
Mark Leth Pedersen (Bronshoj)
Christian Ege Nielsen (Fredericia)
Soren Pallesen (Fredericia)
Niclas Hojlund (Lyngby)
Christian Sivebæk (Vejle)
France go into this crunch tie looking to open up a five-point gap at the Group I summit, which would see them all but secure the first place in the standings.
Spain, on the other hand, hope to make amends for the 1-1 draw against Finland and return to the top of the group by winning at Stade de France.
Didier Deschamps was always going to have a difficult task having taken over the reigns after yet another disappointing showing at the tournament finals.
Les Bleus, nonetheless, started the 2014 World Cup qualifiers strongly, defeating Finland and Belarus, before holding Euro 2012 champions Spain to a 1-1 draw in Madrid.
France have since recorded a comfortable win over Georgia, which saw them create a two-point advantage at the top given that Spain slipped up against Finland.
The hosts now have a great chance to make a giant step towards the tournament finals..Didier Deschamps is set to revert to 4-3-3 formation for the Spain match, which could see Olivier Giroud make way for Yohan Cabaye.
Spain remain the team to beat after winning the last three major tournaments, but La Furia Roja have experienced some unexpected problems in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. It all started from that match against France, when Vicente del Bosque’s side largely dominated the game and looked to be cruising to victory, that is until Olivier Giroud scored a late, late goal to earn one point for les Bleus.
Same thing happened on Friday against Finland, as La Furia Roja couldn’t hold on to a one-goal lead, but it is too early to be talking about a dip in form or something like that. Spain did make some mistakes in the two matches, but that is likely to make the players even more determined to make things right in Paris. David Villa looks set to start up front as Vicente del Bosque plans some changes to the starting line-up..
Jordi Alba and David Silva miss out through injury and suspension, but Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez and Pedro return to the starting line-up.
Chelsea – Nordsjaelland
Chelsea out: John Terry, Frank Lampard, Daniel Sturridge
Nordsjaelland out: Jores Okore, Joe Sise
Bayern Munich – BATE Borisov
Bayern out: Holger Badstuber, Emre Can, Luiz Gustavo, Arjen Robben
Bate out: Dmitri Mozolevski, Aleksandr Pavlov, Andrei Scherbakov
Celtic Glasgow – Spartak Moscow
Barcelona – Benfica
Barcelona: Cuenca, Alves, Abidal, Bartra, Alexis and Muniesa are injured… Cesc, Xavi, Mascherano, Pedro, Alba and Iniesta are rested
Benfica without Aimar and Salvio
Manchester United – CFR Cluj
Sir Alex would give chance to some youngsters but David de Gea should be recalled on goal after the nightmare Anders Lindegaard had at Reading. Nick Powell, Javier Hernandez, Alexander Butter, Phil Jones, Ryan Giggs and Danny Welbeck are all but certain to start and Ferguson also confirmed that Wayne Rooney will start as he needs a run of games to approach top form
Sporting Braga – Galatasaray
Shakhtar Donetsk – Juventus
With Shakhtar already through and Juventus needing just one point to qualify, there are many of those who believe this match will end in draw.
However, providing the two sides play it fair and square, we should see a highly entertaining encounter a Donbass Arena.
Having been placed in the same group as Champions Leaguewinners and Serie A champions, Shakhtar were not exactly seen as favourites to go through, but Mircea Lucescu’s side have largely impressed against their more illustrious opponents.
With unlucky defeat at Stamford Bridge team’s only under-par result of the campaign, the Miners managed to secure their place in the next stage, with all that’s left is to pip Juventus to the first place in the standings.
Apart from suspended Luiz Adriano, boss Mirceal Lucescu has no other selection problems ahead of the clash with Juventus.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Pyatov – Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat – Fernandinho, Stepanenko – Teixeira, Mkhitaryan, Willian – Eduardo.
While they eased off to the first place in the Serie A standings, Juventus did experience some problems on their return to Europe’s elite competition.
Opening draws against Chelsea, Shakhtar and Nordsjaelland put their Champions League qualification in danger, but the Bianconeri then impressed to record comfortable victories over Nordjsaelland and Chelsea.
As a result, they are now on the verge of qualifying for the next stage and only need one point from Donetsk to make it through.
Giorgio Chiellini, Arturo Vidal and Kwadwo Asamoah return to the starting line-up, but Claudio Marchisio is suspended.
Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco are vying for a place alongside misfiring Mirko Vucinic in attack.
Probable starting line-up (3-5-2): Buffon – Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini – Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah – Vucinic, Quagliarella.
Ngo Le Bang – Vietnam team manager
Philippines are very strong and they have tall players, who are always active with good technique. It will not be an easy game even though the Philippines have lost their first match to Thailand.
Personally, I don’t think that the Philippines should have lost that game. The pressure was on Thailand as they were the hosts and I thought that a draw would have been a fair result.
In 2010, we did not have such a good moment when we lost to the Philippines (2-0 at home at the My Dinh National Stadium).But we will overcome, we have ten players from 2010 and I am sure they will be eager to change things around.
We have some players who are injured but they are recovering and I think that we have to be at our best against a Philippines side which is physically stronger and good in the air.
Michael Weiss – Philippines chief coach
“It is do or die. A draw is not good enough. The loser will go home.
There are some people back in the Philippines who are already talking about the semi-finals and the finals. They are missing the bigger picture.
There are football developments in our country but when you compare to Thailand, we are still so far away. So we have to look at the bigger picture.
We need players like Marwin (Angeles) who are warriors and who are 100% ready for battle. In the match against Thailand, two or three players underperformed and that is bad for a team.
We did not perform in our first game against Thailand, and so we lost. There was a chance to draw the game but we just could not get to it. I think that we have to look at the long term and not just short term.
The good news is that (Denis) Wolf is back and with everybody fit we are ready for this match.