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Image: Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini: Will learn their Champions League fates on Wednesday

Manchester United and Manchester City will learn their UEFA Champions League fates on Wednesday evening.

Cottonopolis giants to learn fate

Manchester United and Manchester City will learn their UEFA Champions League fates on Wednesday evening. The Premier League's top two are far from sure of progressing to the knockout stages as they enter their final group games. In Group C, United travel to Switzerland to face Basel knowing defeat would send them crashing out at this stage for the first time since 2005. However, victory could yet see Sir Alex Ferguson's men finish top of the pile, but that would need Benfica to slip up against pointless Galati. City's task in Group A is even more daunting as they stand on the brink of going into the Europa League. Bayern Munich, who have already won the group, travel to the Etihad Stadium to face City and have already confirmed that a number of key players will not feature. But even if City do manage to beat the German giants, they will also be looking to the group's whipping boys Villarreal to record an unlikely victory or draw with Napoli at El Madrigal to prevent the Italians from beating them to second spot. Group B has already seen Inter Milan capture top spot, but just a point separates the remaining three teams, meaning everything is up for grabs. Inter host CSKA Moscow, who know nothing other than a win will do for them, and even that may only still be good enough for third place. The final match-up sees Trabzonspor - currently in second - travel to French champions Lille. A draw will see the Turkish side progress, subject to CSKA not winning whilst a win for either side would see them go through in second. Group D is much more straightforward than the other three, with Real Madrid already through and Ajax almost assured of the runners-up spot. Ajax host Real at the Amsterdam Arena, and know that even a defeat may not cost them their place in the knock-out phase. The Amsterdammers are three points ahead of third place Lyon and hold a seven-goal swing in terms of goal difference. So Lyon go into their match with Dinamo Zagreb knowing anything other than a hammering of the Croatians would be of little use to them.

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