Michael Owen makes Champions League predictions including Man Utd decider

Michael Owen believes Man Utd's away form will prove crucial in their Champions League decider against Red Bull Leipzig on Tuesday.

The Red Devils must earn at least a point in Germany if they are to progress to the knockout phase, while Leipzig need to win to book their passage to the last-16.

United thumped their opponents 5-0 in the home leg at Old Trafford last month, but know that result means nothing ahead of the showdown at the Red Bull Arena.

However, despite having their preparations disrupted by Paul Pogba's agent, and a double injury blow, Owen has still backed his old club to do the business.

" Manchester United will be without Cavani and Martial for their trip to Leipzig," Owen told BetVictor . "The Germans were involved in an enthralling 3-3 draw at home to Bayern Munich at the weekend, so United know this will be a big test.

"The home side need to win here to secure qualification, however, it’s on the road where United have shone this campaign.

"Leipzig quite simply need to win. I reckon if they attack United, they could leave themselves exposed at the back and pay the ultimate price against a side that seem to be at their best when playing on the counter-attack."

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The rest of the Premier League clubs go into matchday six safe in the knowledge they will be in the hat for the next round.

Liverpool confirmed their qualification with victory over Ajax last week and are expected to field a youthful side against FC Midtjylland having also cemented top spot, but Owen still tips the Reds to secure a narrow win.

Chelsea are also assured of finishing top of Group E thanks to Olivier Giroud's four-goal haul against Sevilla last week.

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The Blues welcome Krasnodar to Stamford Bridge in the final group clash on Tuesday, with Frank Lampard also likely to ring the changes.

Krasnodar are guaranteed Europa League football in the new year, and Owen sees Chelsea edging them out 2-0.

And Man City are in action against Marseille on Wednesday with their status as group winners also in tact, with Owen predicting another routine 2-0 win.

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