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Tuesday's Champions League ties

It's match week four of the 2011-12 Champions League group stages and some crucial clashes await the four English clubs hoping to all take large steps towards the last 16.


Arsenal vs Marseille: Group F - The Gunners’ crazy league form hasn’t been transferred overseas where they’ve been a model of consistency and defensive solidity so far. A last minute winner from Aaron Ramsey (pictured) in France a fortnight ago saw them take command of Group F, another victory in the return match tonight would seal qualification and probably in first place too. Thomas Vermaelen and Carl Jenkinson are both set to return to the home side’s rearguard, Marseille are still without influential midfielder Stephanie M’bia and have lost six of their last eight games against English opposition.

Genk vs Chelsea: Group E - Just long term absentee Michael Essien and Didier Drogba will be missing from the squad as Chelsea aim to continue their almost inevitable progress towards the knock out stages in Belgium later. The Blues who won the first meeting 5-0 a fortnight ago will be expecting a further three points and will be keeping an eye on events in Spain as second placed Bayer Leverkusen take on Valencia. Genk have never won a game in European competitions after 13 attempts.

Best of the rest: Apoel Nicosia vs Porto:  Group G - Surprise leaders and the unbeaten Apoel take on ex winners Porto in Cyprus tonight with all four members of Group H still in with a shot of qualification and top spot. The other game sees Zenit take on Shakhtar Donetsk. Group H looks like a cake walk for both Barcelona and Milan who will both clinch a passage into the last 16 by avoiding defeat in their away games tonight at Plzen and Bate respectively.

By Phil Nicholas

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