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UEFA Champions League: Mancini, Allegri could become managerial dominos

Did you have Roberto Di Matteo getting fired before Massimiliano Allegri or Roberto Mancini? No? Neither did anyone else, but Robby might not win the sack race by more than one day after Wednesday's matches.

Claudio Villa

As Massimiliano Allegri and Roberto Di Matteo fight to retain their employment status on Wednesday, they do so with no chance of winning the Champions League sack race, thanks to the shock firing of Roberto Di Matteo. If you threw down a bet on Di Matteo winning the Premier League sack race or going down before Allegri, you're probably rich now. Congratulations!

Manchester City and AC Milan play the biggest matches of the day on Wednesday, given their current standings in their groups. Nothing less than a win will keep City's hopes alive, while a draw won't be a terrible result for AC Milan. However, it's possible that Milan will go into the final day of Champions League needing nothing less than a win if they fail to win on Wednesday.

Arsenal are also in a tough situation, but nowhere near as tough as City and Milan. They could go into the final matchday in second place with just a draw, though the tiebreaker that Schalke owns over them isn't helping their cause.

Schedule (all times ET)

Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Malaga - 12 p.m.
Anderlecht vs. AC Milan - 2:45 p.m.
Dynamo Kiev vs. Paris Saint-Germain - 2:45 p.m.
FC Porto vs. Dinamo Zagreb - 2:45 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Montpellier - 2:45 p.m.
Schalke 04 vs. Olympiakos - 2:45 p.m.
Ajax vs. Borussia Dortmund - 2:45 p.m.
Manchester City vs. Real Madrid - 2:45 p.m.