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Will lightning strike thrice for Manchester United?

It’s make or break for Manchester United in the Champions League, while it’s a pipe and slippers night for Chelsea, Barcelona and Juventus.

We analyse all tonight’s big clashes and offer our recommended bets.

Best bets

RB Leipzig vs Man United – Over 3.5 goals 7/5

Chelsea vs Krasnodar – Draw half-time, Chelsea full-time 3/1

Barcelona vs Juventus – Over 3.5 goals 8/5

RB Leipzig v Man United

So who can separate Manchester United and Leipzig tonight?

Not the bookies, that’s for sure!

thepools.com make United a 7/5 chance to triumph in Germany tonight. They make Leipzig a 7/5 chance , too – while the draw is a 13/5 possibility .

That’s what you call a 50-50 match up.

The backstory is intriguing. Only a win will do for Leipzig, and they have a 100 per cent home record in all competitions this season.

A draw is enough for United – but that’s a result they haven’t achieved in their last seven Champions League away games.

However, that doesn’t matter because away from home United have been imperious this season.

Ole’s frequent fliers have won their opening five top-flight away games for the first time since 1985/86, doing so despite conceding the opener every time – an unheard of achievement in Premier League history.

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They even turned it on at Old Trafford when Leipzig suffered their worst ever European result in the reverse fixture, pummelled 5-0.

But Leipzig showed what they can be capable of when they warmed up for this showdown with a 3-3 draw at European champions Bayern Munich … and twice led.

This really could go either way.

Over 2.5 goals looks nailed on at 6/10 and Both Teams To Score looks a given, too, at 1/2 .

So who is going to score those goals? Christopher Nkunku scored the opener against Bayern and was Leipzig’s first scorer in their previous Champions League home game.

He is a rather generous 9/1 first scorer price while Marcus Rashford, with three goals in his last four appearances, is 13/2 first goal .

Marcus Rashford has scored three goals in his last four appearances

And, of course, United have now landed back to back losing at half-time winning full-time bets, tipped by us at 20/1 at Southampton.

That’s 25/1 if you fancy lightning to strike thrice tonight!

Chelsea vs Krasnodar

So while United travel better than Michael Palin, Chelsea take on the most travel sick team in the Champions League.

Any away match for Krasnodar means a trek of 1,000 miles plus – for London it’s, 2,169 miles – and at the end of those gruelling trips they have taken just a solitary point from their last six away games at home and in Europe.

Chelsea, however, have nothing to play for, having already qualified for the knockout stages. Neither do Krasnodar, who are guaranteed third place in the group whatever happens.

That could mean an extension of a curious statistic.

Chelsea have already celebrated one victory over Krasnodar this season

Krasnodar’s last three Champions League games have been settled by a single-goal margin, with the winning goal coming in the last 20 minutes each time.

And including domestic football, each of their last four successive away defeats have seen the decisive goal arrive beyond the hour mark.

That steers us towards the draw half-time Chelsea full-time market which is a big 3/1 .

Barcelona vs Juventus

Group G is all over bar the jostling for table-topping rights – and even that’s as good as sorted.

Both teams have qualified for the knockout stages – and Barca will qualify as group winners unless Juve can win by three clear goals … and that only happens to Barcelona in Champions League semi-finals …..

So the home side are strong 11/10 favourites with thepools.com, with Juve 23/10 .

The draw is 13/5 .

A 2-1 defeat at the weekend gave Barcelona their worst ten-game start to a La Liga season since 1987/88.

However in the Champions League they have won five out of five, including victory over Juve in Italy.

Since that defeat the Italians have gone eight games unbeaten in all competitions and have won four of their previous five Champions League away games.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four in his last four appearances for Juve – three before half-time – and is 15/4 first scorer .

Martin Braithwaite has scored three goals across Barcelona’s last two Champions League matches, but was the game’s second scorer in both. He is a 7/5 anytime scorer price.




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