Open Thread for Tuesday Matches

Patrick McDermott

FC Bayern is off until tomorrow - if you're uninterested in other teams, go ahead and ignore this post. Feel free to peruse our articles about tomorrow's match vs. BATE and about our defensive depth in the absence of Badstuber. If you want to keep an eye on today's matches, read on.

Two non-Bayern German clubs are in action today: Borussia Dortmund (already clinched first place in their group, and with a gravy game against Man City) and Schalke 04 (already booked passage to the next round, but still with a chance to finish first or second, taking on Montpellier). Needless to say, most fans of German football will be rooting for those two - especially Schalke.

Perhaps the most interesting match of the day, though, is Paris Saint-Germain vs. FC Porto: the two top teams in Group A. Porto has a 1-point edge in the standings, meaning they need only a draw. PSG needs a win, but they're at home and starting a formidable line-up, with Zlatan, Javier Pastore, Lavezzi, and Jeremy Menez all set to take the pitch.

In Group C, Malaga (playing Anderlecht today) is already locked into first, while AC Milan (playing Zenit St. Pete) is cemented into 2nd. But these matches are still important, as the 3rd-place team with get a Europa League spot, which is probably worthwhile to teams of their caliber (or to Anderlecht, at least). Also, does anyone else have a hunch we might see AC Milan sometime soon?

Anyway, leave comments or thoughts below. A relatively low-stakes day, but tomorrow is going to be big for all the right reasons. Thanks for reading.

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