Europe's group stage reaches it's climax: What to look our for on Matchday 6 in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League

There's still plenty to be decided as we head into the final round of group games across the continent.

By Robert Cottingham Published: 6 December 2021 - 4.25am

We have reached the final round of group games in European football's three tournaments and there's plenty still to be decided...

With some huge clashes from the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League, here's a round up of what to watch from Tuesday until Thursday.

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Tuesday 7 December

We begin with two 5.45pm kick-offs as Group A concludes with two intriguing clashes featuring two potential winners of the competition.

After the landmark win over Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago, Manchester City visit RB Leipzig having already secured top spot and a seeded qualification place for the last 16. 

Pep Guardiola's men were sensational in the win over PSG at The Etihad and will hope to finish the group on the front foot. Given the 6-3 ding-dong affair in the reverse fixture, the clash at the Red Bull Arena promises to be a cracker.

The other clash sees Mauricio Pochettino's PSG, consigned to second place, hosting Club Brugge who they could only draw 1-1 with in Belgium. With both Club Brugge and RB Leipzig level on four points, third place and a Europa League place is up for grabs.

There are six 8pm matches and with Liverpool winning all five of their matches it's a guaranteed top spot for the 2019 winners but below them there's plenty to get excited about.

Gabriel Jesus celebrates Man City's winner against PSG.
Gabriel Jesus celebrates Man City's winner against PSG.

AC Milan, who host Liverpool in another rematch of the 2005 and 2007 finals, can secure a knockout place with a win but can also get overtaken by the winner of Atletico Madrid's trip to Porto.

There's a box-office tie between Real Madrid and Inter Milan at the Santiago Bernabeu as two former winners of the competition vie for top spot - the Italians enter the clash two points off Carlo Ancelotti's Madrid.

The other clash sees Sheriff looking to make it two wins from two over Shakhtar Donetsk with third spot already wrapped up for the Moldovan minnows.

In Group C, Borussia Dortmund look to bounce back from the disappointment of getting knocked out of the competition when they host basement boys Besiktas - the only side who've yet to record a point in the 2021/22 Champions League.

Ajax are this season's surprise packages after dominating an even-looking group and can make it six wins from six with victory over visitors Sporting Lisbon. Striker Sebastien Haller will hope to get on the scoresheet for the 10th time in the competition already and edge in front of Robert Lewandowski in the top scorer race.

Wednesday 8 December

Wednesday evening also begins with the two 5.45pm kick-offs as holders Chelsea bid to secure top spot when they travel to Russia to take on Zenit St Petersburg.

Juventus, despite the 4-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, can overtake Thomas Tuchel's men should they better The Blues' result when bottom side Malmo come to Turin.

The big storyline from the later matches is that Ralf Rangnick takes charge of Manchester United hoping to seal top spot in Group F when Young Boys of Bern come to town. The Red Devils fell to a 2-1 defeat to the Swiss side in the reverse fixture.

The other clash in that group, Atalanta against Villarreal, is a straight shootout to determine who makes the last 16 with Unai Emery's Spaniards currently a point clear of the Italians.

Gerard Pique's Barcelona face the prospect of a group-stage elimination.
Gerard Pique's Barcelona face the prospect of a group-stage elimination.

Group E is one to watch too, with Barcelona in serious danger of crashing out at the first group stage for the first time in nearly two decades. Xavi's side have recovered from an awful start to go second on seven points.

Yet should they lost away at Bayern Munich, who've won all five matches so far, and Benfica defeat bottom-side Dynamo Kiev at home then it'll be the Portuguese giants who advance at Barcelona's expense.

It's watertight over in Group G, the remaining Champions League group where three points separate top side Lille and bottom side Wolfsburg.

The Germans host the Ligue 1 side hoping to make a remarkable leap into the qualification places while Europa League specialists Sevilla visit RB Salzburg looking to clamber above the Austrians and into the top two places.

Thursday 25 November

It's a full complement of fixtures from both the Europa League and the Europa Conference League this Thursday, with 16 at the 5.45pm kick-off time and 16 at 8pm.

In the early Europa League kick-offs, Leicester face a difficult trip to Serie A high-fliers Napoli and in a tight Group C, could do with a result at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium to ensure a safe passage through to the knockout stages.

Brendan Rodgers' side have recovered from a dodgy start to move into top spot but there's still plenty of work to do and a difficult-looking tie in prospect against Serie A's league leaders.

Rangers face a tricky tie away at Lyon but fortunately for Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side, qualification for the last 16 has already been confirmed with the win over Sparta Prague a fortnight ago.

Declan Rice's West Ham have dropped just two points in their Europa League campaign.
Declan Rice's West Ham have dropped just two points in their Europa League campaign.

The 8pm clashes feature an already-qualified West Ham's home tie against Dinamo Zagreb with The Hammers having sewn up top spot and looking a serious contender to go all the way in the competition.

But it's less upbeat at Celtic Park where Ange Postecoglou's Celtic have already been condemned to a Europa Conference League spot but host Real Betis in Glasgow.

In the Europa Conference League, Antonio Conte must lift his Tottenham side's confidence once again after a humiliating defeat a fortnight ago to Slovenian minnows NS Mura.

Spurs are in real danger of crashing out of the competition and will likely need a result at home to first-placed Rennes with Vitesse level on points with the Premier League outfit.