Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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Wolfsburg v Manchester United

Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 - 7.45 (live on Sky Sports 2)

The analysts from BetRepublic.com, including former footballer Steve Claridge and co-host James Eastham look at this Tuesday Champions League matchup.
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Taking on Manchester United in Tuesday's Champions League game against Wolfsburg looks like the value play to make in what could be a lively encounter.

The German side are eighth in the Bundlesliga after their 2-2 draw with Freiburg at the weekend and will be desperate for a victory to ensure progress in their first-ever Champions League campaign. Here at BetRepublic.com we think Wolfsburg won't win although they can definitely take a point out of the game and we favour backing the draw at a best-priced 12/5 with William Hill.

One point is exactly what Sir Alex Ferguson's side needs to secure top spot in their group and they will certainly settle for a draw on Tuesday night. There is more than a little frustration in the United camp that they are heading to Saxony still actually needing a point having unexpectedly lost 1-0 to Besiktas last time out.

Sir Alex Ferguson's plans are further complicated by the fact that Patrice Evra is his only fit, senior defender, meaning that the United manager's rearguard will certainly have a makeshift look.

Michael Carrick could once again fill in at centre back, with Darren Fletcher also helping out at the back as he did in the 4-0 win at West Ham at the weekend.

Youngsters Oliver Norwood, Matthew James, Magnus Eikrem, Cameron Stewart and Oliver Gill have all been taken to Germany, with Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov left at home. Finishing second would hardly be a disaster but United will want to head through to the knock out phase as group winners so back them to take the point needed back to Old Trafford with them.

BetRepublic.com Betting Recommendation:

1.5pt on the draw at 12/5 with William Hill

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