Manchester City brought the Premier League’s five-match wait for a European win in 2016 to an end with a 3-1 defeat of Dynamo Kiev last night, but a reversion to the bad-form-norm from those on Europa League duty will ensure England’s sliding coefficient rating continues to plummet.
Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham are back in last-32 action after three fruitless first legs last week and a treble paying north of 23/1 says the trio will be eliminated.
Midtjylland to qualify v Man Utd @ 21/10
The Danes hold a 2-1 lead from a first leg that, had greater final third smarts been shown, should’ve been greater.
With pace up front, their counter-attacking modus operandi caused United all sorts of issues and there’ll be opportunities to utilise the strategy again against an Old Trafford outfit in need of goals.
Five of the previous eight to visit Old Trafford left with at least of share of the spoils.
Were it not for Wayne Rooney, who is absent tonight, that figure would stand at seven from eight and with the away team needing only a draw to progress, don’t rule them out.
Augsburg to qualify v Liverpool @ 2/1
Having kept a clean sheet in Germany, Die Fuggerstadter can cause the Anfield outfit all kinds of problems if they register an away goal and, unfortunately for Liverpool, Augsburg excel at scoring on the road.
Dating back to late October, they’ve won six and drawn one of eight on their travels.
Six of these sojourns saw them prevent their foes finding the net too. They’re capable of recording another clean sheet against a Liverpool side who have overcame only Exeter on their own patch in 2016.
Fiorentina to qualify v Spurs @ 33/20
Mousa Dembele’s injury absence comes as a huge boost to La Viola.
Prior to the weekend reverse against Crystal Palace, Tottenham hadn’t lost a game the box-to-box Belgian had started since October and they’d won eight on the spin.
When he has failed to make the XI, Spurs have won just two of their last seven.