It’s the last round of the group stage in the Champions League tonight, and the highlight, as far as the English teams are concerned, is the clash between RB Leipzig and Manchester United.
United thrashed Leipzig in the first clash at Old Trafford, meaning a draw would be sufficient for them to go through this evening. However, the German team is unlikely to be as accommodating this time around, after all they drew 3-3 with Bayern Munich, the current Champions League winners, last time out.
We’re reluctant to predict the result of this game, both teams are fully incentivised to win, but we fully expect goals. Leipzig have won all seven of their home games this season in all competitions, while United have won eight of their last nine away games.
Bruno Fernandes was rested on the weekend, only playing the second half against West Ham, and this should make him dangerous tonight. He is partial to a long range shot, and we’re tempted with SkyBet’s 9/1 that he scores from outside the area, but given he may be on penalties we’ll settle for Paddy Power’s 21/10 that he scores anytime tonight.
The second game sees Chelsea host FK Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge, already knowing they are going through as group winners after beating Sevilla 4-0 last week.
Russian side Krasnodar are guaranteed to finish third in the group so will move on to the Europa League, and thus have little to play or tonight.
The Blues are likely to make wholesale changes from the weekend’s side, and this could give Christian Pulisic a chance to start the game as he makes his return from injury. The American star looked sharp in scoring from the bench against Leeds on Saturday, and we look for him to net again tonight at 11/10.
Fernandes (Man United) and Pulisic (Chelsea) both to score tonight as a double, 1 pt, at approximately 11/2, Paddy Power