Holder Chelsea and Scottish champion Celtic can seal their places in the last 16 of the Champions League football on Tuesday but they will have to do it the hard way by winning away from home.

Chelsea’s task looks harder as it travels to Serie A leader Juventus but Celtic’s away form in the Champions League is woeful so it will have to repeat its outstanding performance in the home win over Barcelona against a talented Benfica side.

Bayern Munich, the side that Chelsea beat on penalties in last season's final, also has a tricky trip to Spanish side Valencia, in a rematch of the 2001 final which the German team won in a penalty shootout.

Bayern and Valencia are locked on nine points apiece, but with Belarus side BATE Borisov breathing down their necks on six points and all but guaranteed three points when they host pointless and hapless French side Lille neither can afford a slip-up.

A win for either Valencia or Bayern would see the victor join the one side playing on Tuesday already assured of a place in the last 16, Manchester United, which is also certain to top its group.

Chelsea has made hard work of its group, with a fortunate last minute win over the highly-talented Shakhtar Donetsk last time out setting it up nicely for the trip to Turin.

However, it comes into it in the worst possible fashion having been beaten by West Brom, managed by former Chelsea coach Steve Clarke, on Saturday and having taken just two points from its last 12 in the Premier League.

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo admitted he would have to rein in his more expansive tactics he has used this season as his defence was becoming an increasing worry. — Agencies

The fixtures

Group E: At Copenhagen: Nordsjaelland vs Shakhtar Donetsk. At Turin: Juventus vs Chelsea .

Group F: At Borisov: BATE Borisov vs Lille . At Valencia: Valencia vs Bayern Munich .

Group G: At Moscow: Spartak Moscow vs Barcelona . At Lisbon: Benfica vs Celtic .

Group H: At Istanbul: Galatasaray vs Manchester United . At Cluj: Cluj vs Braga .

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