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    Champions League Preview: Manchester United, Chelsea and Celtic see out group stage fixtures

    Matchday 6 of the Champions League is upon us and, come Wednesday night, we will know once and for all who goes into the knockout stages, who drops into the Europa League, and who will be watching European football from the comfort of their own televisions.

    In this article, Football Manics previews Tuesday's final-day fixtures involving British teams.

    Manchester United vs. CSKA Moscow (7:45pm)

    Manchester United need just one point against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford to secure top spot in Group A of the Champions League, but will be through in the last 16 providing they avoid a seven-goal defeat.

    CSKA, meanwhile, must pick up more points than Basel, who face Benfica away on the same night, to guarantee a place in the knockout stages.

    Basically, barring a major catastrophe, Man United are through and, although Jose Mourinho insists he will take the game seriously, he is expected to rest a number of key players ahead of the weekend's Premier League derby with Manchester City.

    David de Gea is not expected to be involved, with Sergio Romero to be named in between the sticks and Joel Pereira on the substitutes bench.

    Luke Shaw is also set to make his first Red Devils appearance since October and Paul Pogba will also be drafted in as his suspension only applies to domestic games.

    United are unbeaten in their previous five meetings against CSKA and have only lost two of their last 48 CL group games on home soil, so I predict them to claim victory and seal top spot in the group.

    Score prediction: 3-1

    Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid (7:45pm)

    Chelsea have the chance to secure top spot in Champions League Group C when they host Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

    Antonio Conte's charges are two points clear at the top of their group and have already qualified for the knockout stages, but will be eager to send a potential latter-stage rival out of the competition.

    Diego Simeone's charges are in third place, two points behind Roma in second, so they know that anything less than a win and they are eliminated.

    However, even a win could see them drop to the Europa League as the Giallorossi only need to beat FK Qarabag to secure their passage to the last 16.

    David Luiz missed training on Monday as he continues to struggle with a knee problem, while Atletico's Juanfran is pushing for a return from injury.

    It remains to be seen how Chelsea line up against the Spaniards, especially considering that Antonio Conte has suggested that finishing first could also yield fearsome opponents in the last 16 - Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid are currently second in their groups.

    Atletico, meanwhile, will be taking to the pitch all guns blazing to keep their slim qualification hopes alive for as long as possible, so I see the visitors taking all three points.

    Score prediction: 1-2

    Celtic vs. Anderlecht (7:45pm)

    With Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich in their group, Celtic were always going to struggle to reach the knockout stages, but they remain in pole position for a Europa League spot, providing they avoid a heavy defeat at home to Anderlecht.

    The Belgian side have lost all five of their Group B matches this season - including a 3-0 home loss to the Hoops - but know that a victory by a three-goal margin or more would see them leapfrog the Glaswegians and take the last-32 spot in the EL.

    Brendan Rodgers's side will be boosted by the return of Moussa Dembele and Nir Bitton, while Scott Brown will overtake Kenny Dalglish's record of 68 European Cup appearances.

    Unless Anderlecht strike early and make Parkhead nervous right from the off, I can see Celtic riding out the first half and then, with their opponents' heads dropping, break open the floodgates in the second half.

    Score prediction: 3-0

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