Champions League: previews for the big matches this week

The form guide, fitness news and facts on Sevilla v Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham, Atltico Madrid v Roma and Juventus v Barcelona

Sevilla v Liverpool, Tuesday 7.45pm GMT

It wont be an easy task but Liverpool know victory in Seville would guarantee them a place in the knockout stages (a draw would suffice if Maribor beat Spartak Moscow in the other game). Sevilla are just one point behind Liverpool in the group and are unbeaten at home in all competitions this season. They have won their last seven matches at the Ramn Snchez Pizjun, including a 2-1 victory against Celta Vigo on Saturday evening.

Sevillas home form is strong but new manager Eduardo Berizzo has struggled to get the best from a talented bunch of players. They are outside the Champions League places in La Liga, having lost four of their first 12 matches this season. They also suffered an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Spartak Moscow earlier in the group.

Joaquin Correa was their shining light in their 2-2 draw at Anfield earlier in the group but Liverpool were profligate that night; they mustered 24 shots to Sevillas seven and should have taken all three points.

Liverpool are enjoying a decent run of form at the minute they have won their last four games and that is largely down to the form of Mohamed Salah. He has had a direct hand in 10 goals (eight goals and two assists) in his last six Liverpool appearances and he is now out on his own as the top scorer in the Premier League. It is just as well given that Roberto Firmino has only scored three goals in the 13 games he has played since these sides met at Anfield in September.

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur, Tuesday 7.45pm GMT

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This is a great opportunity for Spurs to move past their disappointing performance in the North London derby and secure top spot in Group G. Winning the group would be an incredible achievement given that they were drawn against reigning champions Real Madrid and recent finalists Borussia Dortmund. Although, in truth, this Dortmund side has gone off the rails this season. With just two points from four games, they are in real danger of finishing bottom of the group and dropping out of Europe altogether.

Peter Bosz was only appointed in the summer but he is already clinging on to his job for dear life. Dortmund have not won in the Bundesliga since September and have earned just one point from their last available 15 their worst run since they lost five in a row under Jrgen Klopp back in 2014. Their defeat to Stuttgart on Friday was their third in a row and it leaves them fifth in the league, nine points behind Bayern Munich, who have already gone through a change of managers this season.

Harry Kane has been speaking this week about how he wants to spend his entire career at Tottenham. That will be music to Mauricio Pochettinos ears but the manager may want to rest him for his game after he looked off the pace against Arsenal at the weekend. Pochettino may rotate a few of his squad in Germany in the knowledge that a win in their final group game at home to Apoel would be enough to guarantee top spot in the group anyway.

Atltico Madrid v Roma, Wednesday 7.45pm GMT

Their goalless draw against Real Madrid on Saturday was not an awful result on paper, but Atltico Madrid and their city rivals are now 10 points adrift of Barcelona in La Liga. They are also in real danger of dropping out of the Champions League.

Atltico have lost just once in all competitions this season when Michy Batshuayi scored a 94th-minute winner for Chelsea at the Wanda Metropolitano but they havent scored more than a single goal in any of their 10 games since that defeat to Chelsea back in September. Diego Simeones side cannot find the net. They have drawn 10 of their 17 matches this season, scoring just 19 goals in the process. If that kind of form continues they will be knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage for the first time since 2009, when Chelsea topped their group.

Roma leapfrogged Chelsea at the top of this group when they beat Antonio Contes team 3-0 last month. They will have picked up even more confidence from their deserved 2-1 win over Lazio in the Derby della Capitale on Saturday. Life under Eusebio Di Francesco has started very well and they have now won six on the bounce.

With Edin Dzeko having scored as many goals in the Champions League as Antoine Griezmann has managed across all competitions this season (three), Roma go into this game knowing they can dump one of the superpowers of European football out of the competition and book their place in the next round in the process.

Juventus v Barcelona, Wednesday 7.45pm GMT

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Both sides will be confident of progressing to the last-16 stage regardless of the result, but this is still the most glamorous match of the week. Barcelona were comfortable 3-0 winners when they met in September and they go into this fixtures in greater spirits than Juventus, who were beaten 3-2 by Sampdoria at the weekend despite scoring goals in the 91st and 94th minute. Gianluigi Buffon, Alex Sandro and Paulo Dybala sat out that defeat partly because of weariness after the international break and partly because they were looking ahead to this game against Barcelona.

Bara, now playing a 4-4-2 formation with Paco Alccer and Andrs Iniesta on the flanks, picked a full strength side on Saturday and recorded a routine 3-0 win over Legans. With a 10-point lead in La Liga, the skepticism surrounding Ernesto Valverdes appointment and their transfer failings in the summer have been all but forgotten.

All eyes will be on the head-to-head between the two Argentinian No10s. Dybala scored a brace in Turin when these sides met in the quarter-finals last season, but Lionel Messi did the same in their meeting earlier this season. Whichever of them performs best at the Juventus Stadium is likely to be the matchminner on Wednesday.

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