FOOTBALL: UEFA Champions League 2012/13 – Matchday 6 – Live on ITV & Sky Sports

Places in the knockout stages for the UEFA Champions League are up for grabs as Europe’s premier club football competition reaches the final matchday of the group stages.

ITV has live coverage of Arsenal’s away trip to Greece to face Olympiakos, while Sky Sports will screen matches featuring Manchester City, Chelsea, Celtic and Manchester United exclusively live across the two nights.

Full details of how to follow all the action on Matchday 6 below:

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Arsenal ITV1

Tuesday 4th December | Kick-off: 7.45pm

Arsenal travel to Greece on Tuesday knowing that even a victory may not secure them top spot in Group B. 

The Gunners have already secured their place in the knockout stage, but will be looking to earn top spot in the table in the hope of gaining a more favourable last-16 draw.

For Arsene Wenger’s team to advance through as group winners, they will also have to hope that Schalke 04 fail to overcome the challenge of Montpellier.

Tuesday’s meeting will be the second time that Arsenal have taken on Olympiakos at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in as many years, where they were beaten 3-1 by their Greek hosts last season.

With his side having already qualified, Wenger may opt to rotate his starting lineup as he looks to rebuild after a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Swansea at the weekend.

Adrian Chiles presents live coverage on ITV1 and ITV1 HD, with commentary by Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend, and analysis from Roy Keane, Lee Dixon and Gareth Southgate.

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Tuesday 4th December | Kick-off: 7.45pm

Another disappointing Champions League group stage campaign for Manchester City comes to end with a tricky away trip to Borussia Dortmund.

Roberto Mancini’s side are already out of the competition and can only qualify for the Europa League, a competition that the Premier League champions have very little interest in.

However, should they beat Borussia Dortmund and Ajax fail to win against Real Madrid in the Spanish capital, that is exactly where Mancini’s men will find themselves next year.

It is also a relatively meaningless encounter for Dortmund, who have already secured top spot ahead of Real Madrid.

Previous trips to Germany have not ended well for City. From five outings, they have won only once and lost four times. In contrast, Dortmund have never lost to English opposition on their own patch. 

Jeff Stelling and guests present live coverage on Sky Sports 2, with the build-up starting at 7pm.

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Wednesday 5th December | Kick-off: 7.45pm

Chelsea need help from elsewhere in Group E whilst needing to take all three points themselves against Nordsjallend at Stamford Bridge to maintain their slim chances of progression.

This is Rafael Benitez’s first European game in charge of Chelsea and he won this trophy while manager of Liverpool back in 2005.

But qualification to the last 16 is out of his hands tonight, with the Londoners only able to qualify if they take all three points and Shakhtar Donetsk defeat Juventus in the group’s other fixture.

If the Blues fail to progress, it will be the first time in the competition’s history that the reigning champions have been knocked out in the group stages the following season.

Jeff Stelling and guests present live coverage on Sky Sports 2, with the build-up starting at 7pm.

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Wednesday 5th December | Kick-off: 7.45pm

Celtic welcome Spartak Moscow to Parkhead knowing that three points would all but book their spot in the knockout stages for the first time since 2007/8.

An impressive campaign has left them second in Group G, level on points with third-placed Benfica who travel to Barcelona on the same evening.

A point would be enough to secure Neil Lennon’s side a spot in the knockout stages should Benfica lose in the Nou Camp, but the Scottish outfit will feel confident of the three points after beating the Russian outfit in Moscow last time the two sides met.

Spartak currently occupy bottom spot in the group, without a chance to quality for the Europa League, but they will be keen to end their European campaign with an impressive showing. 

David Tanner presents live coverage on Sky Sports 3 from 7.30pm.

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Wednesday 5th December | Kick-off: 7.45pm

Manchester United have enjoyed a fairly steady ride through to the knockout stages as they face CFR Cluj in their final group game at Old Trafford.

A run of four wins from five Group H matches has left the home side top with 12 points, but Galatasaray and Cluj both have seven points. 

A win for Cluj would be enough to book their spot in the next round of the competition should Galatasray, who travel to Portugal, fail to beat Braga. A point would also see them progress if the Turkish outfit lose. 

Cluj have the consolation, however, of knowing that a Europa League spot will be theirs should they not secure their passage into the knockout stages of this competition.

Ben Shephard presents live coverage on Sky Sports 4 from 7.30pm. Five extra matches are available to watch via the Red Button.

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Tuesday 4th December
Olympiakos v Arsenal – Group B
Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE – 7.30pm-10.00pm – ITV1
 
Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City Group D
Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE – 7.00pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 2
 
Real Madrid v Ajax – Group D
Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 4
 
Live games via Red Button on Sky Sports 4 (all k/o 19:45 unless stated)
Paris Saint-Germain v FC Porto – Group A
Dinamo Zagreb v Dinamo Kiev – Group A
Malaga v Anderlecht – Group C
AC Milan v Zenit St Petersburg – Group C
Montpellier v Schalke – Group B 
 
Match Highlights:
UEFA Champions League Goals
10.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 2
 
UEFA Champions League: Extra Time
Guests: Gordon Strachan & Philippe Auclair
10.35pm-11.35pm – ITV1
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Wednesday 5th December
Chelsea v Nordsjaelland Group E
Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE – 6.00pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 2 / Sky 3D
 
Celtic v Spartak Moscow – Group G
Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 3
 
Manchester United v CFR Cluj – Group H
Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 4
 
Live games via Red Button on Sky Sports 4 (all k/o 19:45):
Shakhtar Donestk v Juventus – Group E
Barcelona v Benfica – Group G
Bayern Munich v BATE Borisov – Group F
Braga v Galatasaray – Group H
Lille v Valencia – Group F
 
Match Highlights:
UEFA Champions League Goals
10.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 2
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ITV1’s live match coverage, as well additional video clips, interviews and analysis, is available to watch for free via the ITV football website – CLICK HERE

Sky Sports subscribers can follow every Champions League match via the Sky Sports Events Centre CLICK HERE

Keep up to date with all the latest UEFA Champions League reports, goal flashes and results by following ITV Football on Twitter (@itvfootball) and Sky Sports dedicated UCL feed (@SkySportsCL).

Online streaming available to UK users only

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ITV and Sky Sports will continue to screen full coverage of the UEFA Champions League from start to finish, with the 2012/13 season marking the first of a new three-year TV deal that was signed in April 2011.

ITV reverts back to showing live Champions League matches on Tuesday nights for the next three seasons.

Adrian Chiles will continue to host ITV1’s live match coverage and expert analysis will be provided by Roy Keane, Gareth Southgate and new signing Lee Dixon.

Matt Smith will present highlights of the Tuesday night games in UEFA Champions League Extra Time on each matchday.

Free-to-view highlights of Wednesday matches will be available on the ITV Football website from Thursdays.

Sky Sports will show up to 15 matches from each week of this phase exclusively live.

In total, 129 games will be shown throughout the competition, including the final at Wembley Stadium in May 2013.

Jeff Stelling leads Sky’s live coverage on each matchday. He will be joined by a variety of guests throughout the season, including Ruud Gullit, Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp.

With live games on Sky Sports 2 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday, viewers can also press the red button to access the channels’ interactive service and see a host of other live games from around the continent on the same night.

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