Tuesday, January 22, 2019

English quartet aiming to boost hopes of Champions League progression

The Champions League takes centre stage once again this week and England’s four representatives will be eager to boost their chances of qualifying for the knockout phase of the competition.

The highlight of Tuesday’s fixtures is undoubtedly the clash at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Juventus. United trail the Italian side by two points after their opening pair of games in Group H and a victory would greatly improve their chances of reaching the last 16.

The home side will be without Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard, while Marouane Fellaini and Scott McTominay are both doubtful. Fred could come into central midfield, while Anthony Martial is expected to keep his place after scoring twice against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Red Devils have won their last three meetings with Juve, but with global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in their line-up the visitors will be a popular pick in the online betting in the USA.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Premier League leaders Manchester City visit Shakhtar Donetsk aiming to record their second away victory in this season’s competition.

City lost at home to Lyon in their opening game in Group F, before bouncing back with a 2-1 success at Hoffenheim to move up to second in the standings.

Manager Pep Guardiola could have a defensive dilemma at right-back for the game, with Danilo and Kyle Walker both injury doubts. Kevin De Bruyne may return to the starting XI after playing for half an hour in Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Burnley.

Shakhtar have drawn their first two matches in the competition and they will be keen to repeat the 2-1 win they recorded against City when the two sides met last December.

Liverpool host Red Star Belgrade in Group C on Wednesday aiming to put the disappointment of their defeat at Napoli in their last game firmly behind them.

Jordan Henderson is doubtful after picking up a slight knock at Huddersfield Town, while Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are also struggling with injuries.

Red Star were thumped 6-1 at Paris Saint-Germain in their last Champions League match and Jurgen Klopp’s side are strongly fancied to pick up three points at Anfield.

It’s make-or-break time for Tottenham Hotpsur as they travel to the Netherlands to face PSV Eindhoven. Spurs face the Dutch champions in the knowledge they must get a result to stand a realistic chance of getting out of Group B, having already lost to Inter Milan and Barcelona.

Spurs won 1-0 on their last visit to Eindhoven in the last 16 of the 2007/08 UEFA Cup, although the Dutch side progressed to the quarter-finals after a penalty shoot-out.

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