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United to seal Euro qualification

United to seal Euro qualification

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Manchester United are a win away from securing their place in the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League and the crucial three points is likely to come on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho’s men maintained their 100% home record on Saturday, with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham, and they now prepare to face Benfica at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese side frustrated United for long periods two weeks ago, but eventually lost 1-0 and they will have to come out and attack on Tuesday, with Benfica still without a point after three Group A games.

Mourinho’s side are 20/59 to win the return match, with United available at 10/11 to win to zero. Benfica, who have won just two of their seven games on the road this term, are 9/1 to claim a surprise win.

The game of the night takes place in the Italian capital, when Roma entertain Manchester City in Group C (Match Betting – Roma 33/20, Draw 5/2, Chelsea 7/4).

The Serie A side came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, and arguably they should have won the game.

Since that game, Roma have won their last three games all by the same score, 1-0, and the same scoreline on Tuesday can be backed at 10/1.

If you were looking for a possible upset, then one to consider is the game in Lisbon, when Sporting face Juventus in Group D.

Both teams currently sit second in their respective leagues, but the Portuguese side (6/1 to qualify from the group) have surprised many with their European displays.

Juve (21/20 to collect the victory) won the previous meeting 2-1 but that was after a late goal from Mario Mandzukic, having fallen behind early to a dangerous looking Sporting team (59/20).

Celtic face a mighty task of getting something from their home clash with Bayern Munich, knowing that avoiding defeat will almost certainly secure them at least Europa League football in the new year.

The Scottish champions currently sit third in Group B, after a 3-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena two weeks ago.

Celtic have claimed some memorable scalps at Parkhead in the past, but even at 8/1 they are not a tempting option – with Bayern 5/13 to claim the three points. The last time the two teams met in Glasgow was in 2003, when the game ended 0-0 and another draw can be backed at 4/1.

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Warren Ashurst

Warren has been a sports journalist for over 25 years, both written and broadcast.

Having worked as a radio commentator, he has a wealth of experience of seeing top-level sport first hand and specialises in football, golf and cricket.