Season-defining mid-week matches for Manchester clubs

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After seeing Manchester City beat West Brom in the evening game on Saturday, Manchester United are now under pressure to beat Tottenham to keep up with their neighbours’ top-four pace.

Now four points behind the Citizens, the Red Devils could be cut adrift from the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League with an adverse result against the Lilywhites.

Should that happen, then their FA Cup replay with West Ham on Wednesday evening becomes vital.

That competition, which United haven’t won since 2003/04, would be Louis van Gaal’s last hope of salvaging a disappointing season should the top-four become a distant reality.

Ladbrokes make the Red Devils 7/4 to land in the Champions League spots, against the Citizens’ far shorter price of 1/3, and 6/4 to win their replay with the Hammers.

Manuel Pellegrini’s mob have their own mid-week concerns however, with their Champions League quarter final second leg taking place on Tuesday.

After drawing 2-2 at Parc des Princes, the Etihad Stadium side certainly have a chance of progressing to the last four of the competition.

Their price to qualify for the next round is 8/13 with Ladbrokes, while they are 17/10 chance to win the game over 90 minutes.

Having never made it this far in the competition in their history, it is becoming a clearer and clearer focus for the club to continue to try and break new ground in Europe during Manuel Pellegrini’s final season in charge.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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