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Optimistic Champions League And Europa League Predictions For The Premier League’s Finest

After what has already been a busy week of football action, the best is yet to come as a host of English clubs embark on securing 3 valuable points in their respective European campaigns.

Champions League

Tottenham v FC Twente (Group A, 19:45) – Spurs welcome Dutch side FC Twente to White Hart Lane for the North London sides first ever home game in the Champions League. After an impressive start with a 2-2 draw away to Werder Bremen, boss Harry Redknapp will be hoping they can secure all three points as they look to get out of the group and into the knockout stages.

Redknapp still has a number of defensive worries with Sebastien Bassong the only fully fit defender and Ledley King a serious doubt. The injury crisis could force Spurs to play with three at the back as they look to take a more attacking approach against the Eredivisie side.

Prediction: 2-0

Valencia v Manchester United (Group C, 19:45) – United boss Alex Ferguson takes his side to Spain for a difficult trip against table topping La Liga side Valencia. Man United will be looking to put their poor performance against Rangers to the back of their mind as they go in search of a fine performance at the Estadio Mestalla.

After made a number of changes against the Scottish side, it is thought that Ferguson will look to field a similar side this time round having only won once in 18 away games and missing key names such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney.

Prediction: 2-1

Europa League

FC Utrecht v Liverpool (Group K, Thursday, 18:00)After a rather indifferent start to their Premier League campaign, Liverpool and manager Roy Hodgson will be hoping that they can carry on their good European form as they travel to Holland for a tricky tie against FC Utrecht.

Hodgson is without key players such as Daniel Agger and Steven Gerrard for the tip, however, Spaniard Fernando Torres does travel as part of the 20 man squad. With Paul Konchesky and Fabio Aurelio already absent from the tie, Hodgson faces a headache as to who will play in the left back position.

However there is more positive news for Liverpool fans as striker Dirk Kuyt is available to play against his former club after successfully coming through Saturdays 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

Prediction: 1-3

Manchester City v Juventus (Group A, Thursday, 20:05) – Manchester City’s big name stars will face their first serious European challenge as they host Italian side Juventus is what is considered to be one of the biggest games of the week. City have made a strong start to their Group A campaign, whereas, Juventus have had a number of very much inconsistent results both in their domestic and European endeavours.

City are expected to field a similar side to that who performed superbly in their 1-0 victory against Chelsea at the weekend, as manager Roberto Mancini knows that is is vital to secure all 3 points against the Turin club if City are to top the group once all the games have been played.

Perdiction: 2-1

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