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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Virgin Media Sport's Tommy Martin gives us his verdict on this week's big Champions League clashes

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Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Virgin Media Sport presenter Tommy Martin gives us his verdict on this week's big Champions League games featuring the four English clubs:

Manchester United v PSG – Group H – Wednesday 8pm – Virgin Media Two

This is the match of the Champions League week, in what is a really fascinating group.

Manchester United, PSG and RB Leipzig are battling it out for the two qualifying spots and it would take a brave person to predict who’ll go through.

Hence why I leave these things to our studio guests! While Niall Quinn reckoned United would go through if they played with the verve they showed against Istanbul Basaksehir last week, Damien Delaney hesitated before delivering his damning verdict: Europa League football back at Old Trafford next spring!

Much will hinge on which United we see against the French giants – the one that roared back at Southampton at the weekend, or the one that fell 2-0 behind to the Saints in a limp first half.

United’s inconsistency is the big worry, but the good news is that PSG were really poor in their scrappy 1-0 win over Leipzig last week. United have far more firepower than the German side and should punish opposition who have been ravaged by injuries and haven’t looked the same team since losing to Bayern Munich in last season’s final.

But can United keep out Neymar and Mbappé at the other end? Will it all go down to next week’s final round of matches? Questions like that are what makes this group impossible to call, even for the experts.

Sevilla v Chelsea – Group E – Wednesday 8pm – Virgin Media Sport Extra 1

No messing from Frank Lampard last week.

He sent out a strong team against Rennes and grabbed the win his team needed to reach the last 16. Now he can rest players for Chelsea’s Premier League challenge while others are battling for their European fates.

All the same, edging out Sevilla for top spot would be a smart move. Remember how Chelsea were thumped by Bayern 7-2 on aggregate in last season’s Round of 16? Topping your group means you avoid some of the big guns in the next round and boost your chances of going all the way – something which Lampard, who lifted the Champions League as Chelsea captain in 2012, would dearly love do again.

Virgin Media Sport is the home of the Champions League and Europa League in Ireland, with all matches live this week.

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