British teams in Europe: What’s at stake this week?

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The final round of fixtures in the group stages of this season’s European competitions take place this week.

Here we look at what is at stake for the British teams in Europe.

Champions League

It is crunch time for Manchester United and Newcastle in their bids to reach the knockout stages.

Erik ten Hag’s inconsistent side must beat Harry Kane’s Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on Tuesday and hope the clash between Copenhagen and Galatasaray ends in a draw to leapfrog both and progress from Group A.

Defeat would end United’s European campaign without even the consolation of a Europa League place and Bayern are 17/10 to match Bournemouth’s weekend exploits and add to United’s misery.

Coral’s Lewis Knowles said: “Beating Bayern Munich looks a tall enough order for Manchester United but the fact they’ll need a draw in the other fixture means we think it’s pretty unlikely Erik ten Hag’s side will reach the knockout stage and they are the outsiders at 7/1 to qualify from Group A.”

Newcastle, third in Group F, need to beat AC Milan at St James’ Park on Wednesday to have any hope of going through.

But that will not be enough if second-placed Paris St Germain overcome Borussia Dortmund. In the Champions League odds, Newcastle are 20/23 to get the win they need but 9/4 to qualify.

There is much less at stake for some of the other British teams in Europe.

Having already qualified as winners of their groups, the pressure is off for Arsenal and Manchester City as they travel to PSV Eindhoven and Red Star Belgrade respectively.

The Gunners are 17/10 underdogs to end their group campaign with a win while City are clear favourites at 4/11.

Winless Celtic are condemned to last place in Group E and are 21/10 to sign off with a victory as they host a Feyenoord side certain to finish third.

Europa League

Rangers travel to Group C leaders Real Betis with qualification on the line.

Victory would seal it for Philippe Clement’s side but anything less would open the door for Sparta Prague, who face bottom side Aris Limassol.

The Europa League odds do not bode well for Rangers, who are priced at 16/5 for victory in Spain while Sparta are firm favourites at 20/23 for victory in Cyprus.

West Ham and Brighton are already through but top spots in their respective Groups A and B – which mean avoiding a play-off tie against a team dropping out of the Champions League – are still to be determined.

The Hammers’ clash with Freiburg and Brighton’s meeting with Marseille, both at home, are effectively shootouts for first place and they are 3/4 and 4/6 respectively for victory on Thursday.

Liverpool are already guaranteed top place in Group E regardless of their result at Belgian league leaders Union Saint-Gilloise, who are 17/10 to beat what is likely to be a weakened Reds team.

Europa Conference League

Of all the British teams in Europe this week, none can be in as high spirits as Aston Villa, who look genuine contenders in the Premier League title race after beating Arsenal and Man City in the space of four days.

They have already secured their place in the knockout stages of the Europa Conference League and will win Group E if they avoid defeat at Bosnian side Zrinjski Mostar, which they should manage given they are just 4/9 for the win.

Aberdeen, who are out of contention, end their campaign as 19/5 shots at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

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