Manchester United v PSV Eindhoven
Manchester United need to be careful here after losing away to PSV Eindhoven. As I said all but one of the games in this group have been won by the home team, by the odd goal. there’s been nothing in them, these have been the most tightly contested games of any of the groups. That’s why, four games in, every club including CSKA Moscow still has a chance to qualify. So you cannot make a mistake at home. United’s draw in Moscow was fantastic and it swayed the group their way but they can’t risk wasting that by slipping up against PSV. I liked how United looked at the weekend. I hope Rooney is fit the same with Martial but I think Rooney looks the more likely to be fit. That would give them a boost. I’m going to go for United to shade it, possibly 1-0 () or 2-1 ().
If Martial () and Rooney () are fit to play then they’re the two players you’d be looking at for the first goal. Louis Van Gaal doesn’t have a lot of goals in his team and it’s something that he’s going to have to address. Other than them Juan Mata () has a few goals this season but United fans will be hoping one or both of Rooney and Martial will start.
Andy’s Pick: Manchester United to win 1-0 at .
Juventus v Manchester City
I thought Liverpool played particularly well at the weekend but City also played particularly badly. Defensively Manchester City were hopeless. That’s not a word I use very often when criticising Premier League players but they were hopeless. They look like they’d never met each other before and Liverpool made them pay. That have managed to rescue their season in the Champions League. The result against Juventus in Manchester, when some were thinking they were already out, they’ve responded with three fantastic results. Suddenly everything looks bright and they could win the group which would be the first time they’ve done that.
Andy’s Pick: Draw at
Shaktar Donetsk v Real Madrid
Normally Real Madrid to beat Shaktar at would be the bet of the night but these aren’t normal times for the Spanish side. They’ve just been humbled by their biggest rivals on the home ground. It was such a big loss that Florentino Perez, the Madrid president, had to make a statement saying that Rafa Benitez stays as manager.
I think it’s an unhappy team, I think it’s an unhappy club. I don’t think they like the manager or how he plays and Benitez asunder real pressure. Even with al their problems if they enough of their big players out on the pitch I still think they’re good enough to beat Shaktar Donetsk. At for Real to win, I’d be shovelling loads on that.
Andy’s Pick: Real Madrid to win at