United are licking their wounds after Saturday’s 3-2 home reverse against Tottenham Hotspur, with Sir Alex Ferguson resting several senior players for the midweek trip, while Roberto Di Matteo is also likely to rotate his squad against a team that is perceived to be the weakest in the section.
CFR Cluj-Napoca v Manchester United 19:45
Manchester United haven’t been convincing all season and their defence was truly found out on Saturday night as Tottenham tore them to shreds before holding on for victory at Old Trafford. The Red Devils now need to put their domestic woes to one side and concentrate on cementing another maximum haul in the Champions League.
United are a best price 4/6 (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim victory in Romania, with Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes among the players staying at home this week, although it might a chance to see Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney team up from the start.
Van Persie has enjoyed a bright start to his Old Trafford career and is available at 4/1, while Rooney is a slightly bigger 5/1 and the England forward made a difference when appearing as a substitute against Tottenham.
Nevertheless, Cluj will be no pushover and they pulled off a surprise result on Matchday 1 when winning 2-0 away to Braga which means the Romanian champions are top of Group H and full of confidence going into this encounter.
Ioan And one’s side have built up a fair amount of experience over the last few seasons, with the Railwaymen looking to scalp one of the competition favourites and 9/2 seems like a large price considering that United are really struggling to keep a clean sheet at the moment.
The draw is an 11/4 chance and it might be the best that the visitors can manage at Dr. Constantin Rădulescu considering they were fortunate to win away matches at Southampton and Liverpool following on from that early defeat at Everton.
FC Nordsjaelland v Chelsea 19:45
Chelsea were well on course to claim a valuable three points against Juventus two weeks ago before the Serie A team came back from two goals down to snatch a draw at Stamford Bridge and the Blues can ill-afford any slip-ups on Tuesday night when they play the champions of Denmark.
Roberto Di Matteo saw his team win 2-1 at Arsenal on Saturday and will be looking for a replica of that performance at Farum Park with Frank Lampard set to return to the first team and Chelsea are available at a best price 4/11 (BetVictor) to pick up their first Champions League win of the season.
The west London side are riding high at the top of the Premier League thanks to a stout defence and the combined flair of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, with Chelsea looking a great shout at 5/4 to win without conceding against a side that lost 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk in their first group game.
Fernando Torres is a 7/2 chance to score first, although this might be the match where Hazard opens his account following his summer move from Lille, while Branislav Ivanovic looks overpriced at 25/1 with Coral considering the Serbian has scored two goals already this season.
FC Nordsjaelland are available at 10/1 to produce a surprise win and they will take heart from the way Atletico Madrid exposed the holders to win the Super Cup 4-1, with Kasper Hjulmand likely to set up a team to attack their Premier League opponents and put them on the back foot. However, class is likely to tell in the end.
Spartak Moscow v Celtic 17:00
Following a goalless draw at home to Benfica, the champions of Scotland now head to Russia knowing that defeat will leave their qualification prospects bleak ahead of a double header against Barcelona.
Celtic are top of the Scottish Premier League following straight wins against Dundee and Motherwell, with a 4-1 cup win against Raith also enabling them to build up a head of steam ahead of this clash against Spartak Moscow although a stern challenge awaits Neil Lennon’s team on Tuesday night.
The visitors are as big as 6/1 (Sky Bet) to win at the Luzhniki Stadium although they are facing a Spartak side who came pretty close to getting a result at the Nou Camp a fortnight ago when Unai Emery’s side led 2-1 against Barca before Lionel Messi rescued the points for the competition favourites.
The Russian side boast several class players including Brazilian midfielder Romulo and Kim Källström, the Swedish midfielder who featured for his country at Euro 2012. Spartak are likely to be a popular accumulator selection at 4/7 following wins against Rostov and Amkar Perm.