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Manchester's two tribes taking different approach

LOUIS VAN GAAL’S United, the dreariest thing to come out of Manchester since the Inspiral Carpets, get a chance to come out of their shell in the Champions League.

I thought they were almost Brazil-like for a good six or seven minutes at Watford at the weekend before the West Brom in them took over.

I reckon a gung-ho assault on PSV would get United the three points they need to sew up a last-16 spot but it ain’t gonna happen, is it? The Tony Pulis of the Low Countries will roll up his sleeves, batten down the hatches and go in search of the 1-0 win courtesy of a scrambled own goal from a Marouane Fellaini mishit, and the red half of Manchester will rejoice.

Rather than back United to win 1-0 I’ll back City to lose in Turin, instead.

If United have changed, I don’t think City have. They’ll play their part in a thriller against a Juventus team in something of a decline but good enough to win this one.

Bet of the night, though, is Sevilla at Monchengladbach from the same group. If you’re good enough to beat both Barcelona and Real Madrid in the same season you’ve clearly got something about you and the Spanish lads can finally kickstart their season with a priceless win in Germany.

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Match in Focus

19:45 TODAY BT2

Juventus v Man City

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last 15 European home matches
Expert verdict
Manchester City were humbled 4-1 by Liverpool on Saturday and Manuel Pellegrini’s men have kept just two clean sheets in their last 14 matches which is a concern heading for Turin. Juventus won 2-1 in Manchester and backing both teams to score looks a sound wager given City’s considerable attacking threat.