Who is through and who is in TroubleBy: Rob | November 5th, 2009
Week 4 provided celebrations for some and left some others looking over their shoulders, seriously staring the UEFA Cup in the face. So who is happy and in the the knockout round, and who has alot of work to do?
Here is your group by group guide.
Bordeaux, who many people thought would be third best in this group, have waltzed away into the distance, and have qualified for the knockout stage in the New Year. Which means one of the giants, Bayern or Juventus will be in the UEFA Cup at best. At the moment, it seriously looks like its Bayern. The German side have 4 points, to Juve’s 8. The two still have to play, but if Juve beat an already through Bordeaux its all over and The Old Lady are through. If not, it could well come down to that one game. Which would be awesome.
Man United are through after a draw with CSKA Moscow. Wolfsburg sit second with 7 points, three more than CSKA with 4. Wolfsburg still have to host an already through Man United, if United win, it is likely to come down to the two sides playing one another on the 25th of November.
No-one yet through from this group, which is exceptionally tight. Milan and Real Madrid sit on 7 points, with OM just behind on six. OM are in the worst position as they still have both the other two to play. Fate is in their hands then…
Lyon through, in what is proving a strong year for the French. Fiorentina sit second on 9 points, while Liverpool are third with just 4. Fiorentina need a win over already qualified Lyon in a couple of weeks and they’ll be through. If they draw, a point will be enough against Liverpool in the final game. Thinks not looking good for Rafa Benitez.
Again, no-one yet through from here. Inter sit just about top, on 6. While Rubin’s taking of 4 points from Barcelona has put them second, with the defending champions are level points in third. Suddenly the forthcoming game between Inter and Barca is massive, a win there could put either side in a very good position, while a loss really leaves them in trouble. Dynamo Kiev are still not out of the running either – bottom but only a point back from Rubin and Barcelona, and only two back from Inter. All to play for.
Sevilla are through. Any of the others, Unirea, Rangers and Stuttgart could get through here too, again, all to play for.
Arsenal just need one point from two games and they are through, so job pretty much done. Olymmpiacos have 6 points in second place, while Standard have 4 just behind them. Both have work to do, but its all possible.