Basle v Juventus
The Swiss side need a 4-0 scoreline and they then must hope that Deportivo La Coruna can beat group winners Manchester United to ensure their passage to the next round. This will leave them level on points with Juventus, but their superior head to head record will see the Swiss side through.
Basle coach Christian Gross has said that his team are not expected to win andso can take a more relaxed attitude to the game.
“The task seems very difficult but people must bear in mind that nobody expects anything form us and therefore my players can approach this match with a very relaxed attitude which, on occasion, inspires football players to be at their best.”
Basle are set to welcome back several key players from injury with Christian Gimenez, Antonio Esposito, Ivan Ergic and Marco Zwyssig all set to play.
Juventus will be missing key midfielder Edgar Davids who will be suspended, as well as Marco Di Vaio and Antonio Conte who are both injured. Alessandro Del Piero could also play a part in the match tonight after being included in the squad.
Juventus coach Marcello Lippi has insisted though that Del Piero will not play for a full match.
“I will consider putting him on later in the match, not only for him to get match practice but because I think he might be able to contribute something to our game,” said Lippi.
Juventus : Pascal Zuberbuehler, Bernt Haas, Murat Yakin, Marco Zwyssig, Thimothee Atouba, Mario Cantaluppi, Scott Chipperfield, Sebastien Barberis, Hakan Yakin, Julio Hernan Rossi, Christian Gimenez.
Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon, Lilian Thuram, Ciro Ferrara,Paolo Montero, Gianluca Pessotto, Mauro Camoranesi, Alessio Tacchinardi, Igor Tudor, Pavel Nedved, Marcelo Zalayeta, Marcelo Salas.
Deportivo La Coruna v Manchester United
Deportivo coach, Javier Irureta, whose team were knocked out last week by Juventus, looks set to start young goalkeeper Dani Mallo in place of Jose Molina, who if picked would play his first Champions league game since his recovery from testicular cancer.
Irureta will be without Jose Amavisca and Diego Tristan who are still not fully fit. Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is set to ringthe changes from the team that faced Aston Villa at the weekend.
Not included in the squad which left for Spain yesterday are no fewer than 11 first team players including David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Fabien Barthez and Paul Scholes.
With club captain Roy Keane and midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron also missing due to injury, Ferguson looks set to start with a mixture of youth players and squad players.
Young midfielder Darren Fletcher could start as could David Pugh, Michael Stewart and Kieran Richardson. Ryan Giggs could start up front as partner to Diego Forlan.
Manchester United: Ricardo, Phil Neville, Laurent Blanc, John O’Shea, Danny Pugh, Darren Fletcher, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Kieran Richardson, Michael Stewart, Diego Forlan.