With one Champions League group stage game remaining, the fates of Manchester United and Newcastle are out of their hands.
Half the Premier League contingent have qualified for the knockout stages thanks to Arsenal and Manchester City. It is, however, a different story for Newcastle and Manchester United who had trickier groups to negotiate.
Manchester United’s latest slapstick European performance, Wednesday’s 3-3 with Galatasaray, leaves them bottom of their group on four points. Copenhagen and Galatasaray are above them on 5, while Bayern Munich on 13 points have already qualified.
Manchester United are somehow the form team in the Premier League currently. However, they have struggled to control their European ties, leading to some interesting statistics. They’ve scored 9 goals away from home in the Champions League, but have only one point to show for it.
As well as that, they are the first team to concede 14 goals in the first five games of the Champions League. United need to win against Bayern Munich in two weeks, and hope the other game is a draw. To make matters worse, they have Premier League games against Newcastle, Chelsea and Bournemouth to negotiate before Bayern.
Despite consecutive defeats to Dortmund, Newcastle are still in with a chance to make the Champions League knockout stages. However, Tuesday’s 1 – 1 draw with PSG makes it difficult.
They looked set to smuggle three points away from the Parc des Princes but for a controversial 98th minute penalty. Newcastle must beat Milan in the final game and hope that Dortmund beat PSG in order to qualify.
Manchester United are 8/1 with Paddy Power to qualify from Group A. Meanwhile, Newcastle are 9/5 to qualify from Group F.