The two teams representing the British isles this evening do not have much to play for- one, Arsenal have already sealed a place in the last 16, whilst the other, Manchester City are already out of the competition. Despite the lack of motivation their managers may have to put out their strongest squad, both have enough depth in quality that ensure some magnificent players will be on show, regardless.
Olympiakos v Arsenal- The Gunners currently sit second in Group B behind Schalke, having already cemented a place in the knock up stages. Arsene Wenger has opted to rest many first team players- Walcott, Podolski, Cazorla and Wilshere, to name a few- but is convinced Montpellier will get a result against the group leaders, meaning that if his team grab a victory they will finish top. Many youngsters are expected to start tonight- and lets not forget their triumphant comeback against Reading in the League Cup earlier this season. However, without such tailsmen like Walcott and Wilshere at the helm, one may should suspect a rough night for the London side. Prediction: Olympiakos 2 - 2 Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund v Man City- With both sides fate seemingly sealed, we can expect the game to be played out as if it were a pre-season friendly. The most significant news coming out of the City camp is that key playmaker, David Silva has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, and reports say it is likely he will miss the weekend's game too. However, English midfielder Jack Rodwell has seemed to recover from the injury he picked up earlier in the season. We expect a placid and constrained game- but saying that, who knows if Mario is included in performance? Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 1 - 1 Man City
As we mentioned in yesterday's article, all 12 clubs from the SPL have met this week to discuss the reconstruction of the league. It is believed, as expected, that Scottish Premier League will propose a plan to expand the top flight to two divisions of 12 to the Scottish Football Association. The new structure has been described as their 24 - 18 model.
Keep an eye out for more news about the proposed SPL reconstruction.