Liverpool have drawn Everton at home in the third round of the FA Cup. However, they must focus on picking up the one point required to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League from tonight’s match against Sparta Moscow at Anfield. The visitors must win the fixture to progress but Liverpool only have to avoid defeat and that will lead to an interesting dynamic. It’s not in Liverpool’s nature to target a draw in a match but that could be the outcome tonight when both teams can score so correct score bettors may consider TWO-ALL at 22/1 with William Hill.
Manchester City visit Shakhtar Donetsk tonight in the Champions League and have already qualified for the next stage. It will be a very cold night in Ukraine and the home side are used to the low temperatures that could drop below zero. Shakhtar have played teams from England six times at home and not lost once and have won both home matches in the Champions League this season. City will be without Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva which makes SHAKHTAR the bet at 17/11 with Ladbrokes.
Tottenham have had a miserable run in the Premier League and are now 18 points off the pace set by City. They cannot win the title this season so the Champions League is even more important. Mauricio Pochettino’s project at the club was running smoothly but at some stage the better players will be tempted to move to bigger clubs who pay the best wages. Tottenham have already won the group so have little to play for against Apoel at Wembley tonight. However, the visitors cannot qualify from the group which means the DRAW is perfectly feasible at 11/2 with Betfair.
Manchester United and Chelsea have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Manchester City and Tottenham are through before tonight’s fixtures so Liverpool need a draw for all five Premier League clubs to progress. ENGLAND are the favourites to be the winning nationality at odds that will be updated after tonight’s matches.