Liverpool FC Aiming to avoid Spanish nightmare in the Champions League

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Liverpool FC visit Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow aiming to secure their place in the knockout stages of the competition. Jurgen Klopp’s side lead Group E by a point over Sevilla, with Spartak Moscow three points down in third place.

Reds Defender Joel Matip missed Saturday’s Premier League victory over Southampton with a thigh strain, and the centre-back remains doubtful for Tuesday’s game.

Midfielder Adam Lallana is in contention for a place on the bench after returning to training, while forward Daniel Sturridge will hope to figure after being an unused substitute on Saturday.

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Nathaniel Clyne is Liverpool’s only long-term absentee as he’s still convalescing from back surgery. Daniel Carrico and Nicolas Pareja will miss out for the home side, but Gabriel Mercado and Correa have returned to training following muscle injuries and might potentially feature.

Liverpool FC are 6/4 favorites to win the game, with Sevilla available at 13/8 and the draw on offer at 5/2. The Reds were held 2-2 by the La Liga outfit in the reverse fixture and a repeat of that scoreline can be backed at 10/1 on Tuesday.

The two sides’ only other meeting came in the final of the Europa League during the 2015/16 season, where Sevilla ran out 3-1 winners. Bookmakers are offering 18/1 for a repeat performance.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Real Madrid can guarantee their place in the last 16 of the competition with a victory at APOEL Nicosia.

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Madrid are currently 11/2 to win the competition for the third year in row and the Champions League winner odds can be seen here if that price takes your fancy. The home side have drawn twice with Borussia Dortmund during the group stage, but Madrid should prove too strong on Tuesday and odds of 13/2 for a 2-0 victory look tempting.

With Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk looking good bets to progress from their group, Tuesday’s other big clash comes in Turkey as Besiktas host FC Porto.

Victory for the home side would guarantee them the top spot in Group G, but Porto are looking nervously over their shoulders with just two points between them and RB Leipzig with two games to play. Besiktas won 3-1 in Portugal and are 2/1 to win on home soil.

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The highlight of Wednesday’s fixtures is undoubtedly the Group D clash between Juventus and Barcelona.

Barca won 3-0 at the Nou Camp back in September, but the Serie A side will be gunning for revenge and may be worth an interest at odds of 19/10.

Juve knocked Barcelona out of last season’s Champions League in the quarter-final stage and a win on Wednesday would keep them in with a chance of finishing top of the group.

Chelsea travel to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag FK needing a victory to take them through to the knockout stage.

Antonio Conte’s side are 1/3 to win the game, although a draw or a defeat could set up a nervy last game against Atletico Madrid.

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The Spanish side are four points behind Chelsea ahead of Wednesday’s home match against Roma, but would close the gap if the Blues slip up.

Diego Simeone’s side have drawn three and lost one of their four group games, but are 20/21 favourites to see off the Italian side.

While Manchester United look good bets to progress from Group A, who will finish second is less clear. Basel and CSKA Moscow are level on six points, with the Swiss side set to host United while CSKA face Benfica in their penultimate group matches.

CSKA are 21/20 to beat a Benfica side who have lost all four group games and the Russian club could be in pole position to qualify for the next stage after the latest round of fixtures.

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