United to join City in Champions League knock-outs but top spots may have to wait
Another Old Trafford win and avoiding defeat in Turin will keep both Manchester clubs in charge - but their work will still be far from done
Manchester United v PSV Eindhoven
With just three points separating Manchester United at the top and bottom-placed CSKA Moscow, Group B is officially the tightest in the competition.
Victory against PSV on Wednesday would secure their spot in the next stage of the competition, while defeat would move the Dutch champions above them with Wolfsburg also lurking one point behind.
United, however, have won seven of their last eight home matches in the Champions League, including both at Old Trafford this season, and are 4/9 to maintain that perfect record on Wednesday.
PSV, however, have lost both of their games away from home so far and have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five European matches – with United 1/2 to extend that record by scoring over 1.5.
In the absence of Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay provided the attacking threat from a more central position against Watford on Saturday and scored the opener.
The goal against CSKA Moscow came with just 10 minutes left and, with the deciding goal against Wolfsburg also coming in the second half, United are 3/1 to be level at half-time before securing victory after the break.
Continuing that trend would be indicative of the Red Devils’ season so far.
Despite being yet to fully convince, Louis van Gaal’s side appear to be rediscovering their ruthlessness when it comes to getting results.
Juventus v Manchester City With their place in the knock-out stages already assured, Manchester City are now playing for first place in Group D.
And having been drawn against - and subsequently knocked out by - Barcelona in the round of 16 for the past two seasons, Manuel Pellegrini will appreciate the importance of securing top-seeding status this time around.
A win on Wednesday against Juventus would do so with a game to spare, something they are 12/5 to achieve against the Serie A winners, whose only defeat in their last 15 Champions League games was against City’s Catalan conquerors in last year’s final.
Avoiding defeat in Turin, meanwhile, would keep City’s aim in their own hands going into their final group game at home to Borussia Monchengladbach.
It was in drawing both of their two most recent games against the Germans that Juventus ceded control of the group and they are 11/5 to share the points once again.
Despite signs of progress in Europe this season, City are yet to keep a clean sheet in the competition, with both teams scoring in nine of their last 11 Champions League games.
Paulo Dybala hit Juventus’ winner against AC Milan at the weekend and the Italians’ top scorer is 17/2 to score first in a win for the home side that would seal their place in the last 16.
Sergio Aguero, meanwhile, returned to action for City with a consolation goal in the 4-1 thrashing by Liverpool and the Argentine is 9/2 to score at any time in an away win on Wednesday.
With Juventus also struggling domestically - they are nine points off the pace in Serie A - it is both clubs’ performances in Europe that have brought most joy this season.
Just how far either progress in the competition, however, is likely to depend on the result of this Group D decider.