Arsenal, Dortmund or Napoli: Who Would Qualify from the Group of Death of Champions League?

Arsenal, Dortmund Or Napoli: Qualification Possibilities In Group of Death | Champions League

Traditionally, Group F has always been the one of the toughest groups in the history of the Champions League – and this year is no exception. The ‘Group of Death’ has already got one team disqualified: Marseille, While Borussia Dortmund are still hopeful of reaching the next round as they ready to fight for the last 16 with Napoli and Arsenal.

While qualification picture of almost all other groups is becoming pretty clear, this Group F looks certain to give the fans of all the three respective clubs many tense moments until the final whistle of last group game.

The Ruhr side currently sits three points behind their English and Italian rivals with two matches to play. Dortmund will be under tremendous pressure on Tuesday as their future could be decided on the same night. With Marseille losing all 4 of their group matches, it is a real possibility now that a team may NOT qualify for the next round despite scoring 12 points – for the first time in history.

Points Table of “Group of Death”:

Team                 GD Points Games Played

1

Arsenal

3

9

4

2

SSC Napoli

2

9

4

3

BVB

1

6

4

4

Marseille

-6

0

4

 

A look at the complex calculation of Group F to understand the qualification possibilities of all three teams:

  • Arsenal register a win over Marseille, Napoli play a draw with BVB: Both Gunners and Napoli will qualify.
  • Napoli beat Dortmund, the Italians will qualify with Arsenal, provided Gunners don’t lose to Marseille.
  • If Dortmund beat Napoli, the picture will only get cleared on final matchday as  Arsenal have negative head-to-head record against BVB.
  • If all three teams finish with 12 points, qualification will be decided on points and goal difference earned through six direct clashes amongst the three sides.
  • Dortmund have an edge over the Gunners because of their 2-1 away win. But South Italians’  have  2-1 advantage over Jurgen Klopp’s side.
  • Arsenal are 2-0 up on Napoli but yet to play at San Paolo.
  • If BVB beat Napoli by 1-0, the Italians will have to beat Arsenal by three goals to qualify and so on.
  •  However if Napoli lose with only one goal difference, whilst scoring in Signal Eduna Park, then a two or more goal win against Gunners will prove enough to make them qualify.
  • Arsenal will get eliminated with two or more goal defeat at San Paolo, unless they themselves score two or more of their own goals, which will disqualify the Germans.
  • Three or more goal defeat would mean a definite exit for ArsenalThese complex calculations need not come in your way to enjoy this fascinating group though.