Two Premier League teams in action
SillySeason previews tonight’s Champions League fixtures for the English teams, as Chelsea travel to Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Arsenal host Dinamo Zagreb.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs Chelsea
Starting with the hosts, Maccabi Tel-Aviv cannot mathematically qualify for the Champions League knockout stages, as they are currently point-less after four games.
However, the Israeli champions can still sneak third place and Europa League qualification if they win their final two matches and results go their way; starting tonight.
On the other had, Chelsea ended a run of three straight Premier League defeats on Saturday, when they defeated Norwich City 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho‘s Blues can qualify for the Champions League knockout stages tonight, but only if they defeat Slavisa Jokanovic‘s team at the Bloomfield Stadium and Dynamo Kyiv fail to win at FC Porto.
Chelsea were comfortably victorious in the previous Group G encounter, when they hosted Maccabi in West London and ran out 4-0 winners.
Arsenal vs Dinamo Zagreb
Arsenal‘s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after a 5-1 defeat in Munich left them six points off second placed Olympiacos.
If they are to have any chance of qualifying to the knockout stages, they must win at home to Zagreb tonight and hope Bayern Munich can see off the Greek champions at the Allianz Arena.
If those were the circumstances after the games, Arsenal would travel to Olympiacos on the final match day needing to win and hoping goal difference can carry them through.
Results could see Arsenal finishing third and entering the Europa League going into the second half of the Premier League season, which could significantly affect their title challenge
The visitors Dinamo Zagreb are level on points with Arsenal (three) but sit bottom of the Group F due to goal difference.
They will look to come and shock the crowd at the Emirates Stadium, as Europa League qualification would possibly be relished more by the Croatian side rather than Arsene Wenger‘s team.
Zagreb were the surprise winners in the previous match between the two, defeating the Gunners 2-1 at the Stadion Maksimir.