SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, December 3, 2012
Matchday six of the Champions League will see Sascha Kljestan and Anderlecht vie for a spot in the Europa League, Jermaine Jones and Schalke aim for the top spot in group B.
Montpellier - Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones looks a lock to start in the Schalke midfield as the Gelsenkirchen outfit will look to best Montepellier to outduel Arsenal for first place.
Jones will most likely pair up alongside Roman Neustädter for Schalke. The German-American will have to exercise some caution if he does indeed suit up as his next booking will incur a suspension.
Despite their last place finish in the group, Schalke will be wary of the threat posed by Montpellier with the French team's solitary point coming at the expense of Schalke in the Veltin's Arena on matchday two.
Schalke will be without the services of midfielders Marco Höger and Ibrahim Affelay, who have been ruled out with a sprained ankle and a thigh injury respectively.
Malaga - Anderlecht
Sascha Kljestan and Anderlecht will hope to qualify for Europe by getting points versus Malaga on Tuesday and then some help from AC Milan.
Kljestan, who has started Anderlecht's last two Champions League matches, will hope for a result against Malaga, a team the Belgian lost to 3-0 on matchday three.
To qualify for the Europa League, Anderlecht will have to better the result of Zenit, who is away at Milan.
Malaga will be without Brazilian striker Julio Baptista and Argentine defender Martin Demichelis, who saw his third caution of the campaign last time out.
Anderlecht will be without midfielder Bram Nuytinck, who is serving a suspension in the wake of his red card on matchday five.
Oguchi Oneywu is not expected to make the Malaga bench.
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland travel to London to take on Chelsea in their final match before bowing out of European competition.
Parkhurst, who has gone the distance in each of Nordsjaelland's group stage matches thus far, appears set to continue that streak on Wednesday night.
Nordsjaelland has thus far only picked up one point in a difficult group, a 1-1 tie at home to Italian champions Juventus.
The Danish club has a tall order to pick up anything from a Chelsea team that has yet to qualify for the knockout stage and needs a victory some help to progress.