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This week's sport: Knockout spots up for grabs in Europe

There's another exciting week of sport on the agenda, with European football returning, and some British teams still have work to do if they want to progress in the Champions League and Europa League.

England's cricket team will try to bounce back from their latest disappointment and win the opening T20 clash against the West Indies, while boxing fans can look forward to Sunny Edwards' flyweight unification clash against Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez.

Here are the key events we have picked out, with plenty of them available to follow as part of our Sports Live Streaming and Live Golf Tracker options. 

Monday 11th December

League One: All to play for at the top

The top two teams in League One meet at Fratton Park on Monday as Portsmouth host Bolton Wanderers.

John Mousinho's team have a three-point advantage over the Trotters, but Ian Evatt's side have the better goal difference, and they have a game in hand over their rivals.

After losing 4-0 to Blackpool last month, Pompey have now won back-to-back matches without conceding in the third tier, but they face a Bolton side that have not lost in 11 games.

Mousinho's team are 7/5 to win, the draw is 5/2, while Bolton are available at 15/8 to succeed on their travels.

Elsewhere in football, there are two games in Serie A as Empoli host Lecce and Cagliari take on Sassuolo, while in La Liga, Rayo Vallecano face Celta Vigo, and those games can be watched via our Sports Live Streaming service.

Tuesday 12th December

Champions League: Red Devils have it all to do

Manchester United have just 90 minutes left to save their Champions League campaign as they prepare to host already-qualified Manchester United.

Both teams suffered heavy defeats at the weekend, so Thomas Tuchel will use Tuesday's clash as the perfect opportunity to get a response from his team.

While the Red Devils have only won one of five Champions League games this season, Bayern are unbeaten and will hope to keep it that way when they visit Old Trafford.

United are 8/5 to win, the draw is 14/5, while Bayern are 29/20 to collect all three points on their travels. Fellow Premier League side Arsenal are also in action, as they face PSV Eindhoven away from home.

Cricket: England need a response

After losing the one-day series to the West Indies, England will look to respond in the opening T20 encounter at the Kensington Oval.

The West Indies won by four wickets in Barbados, but England will try to take the positives going forward, including Ben Duckett's 71 from 73 balls.

There are five T20 matches scheduled for the coming weeks, and the hosts are 11/10 to win, while the tourists are 8/11 to take an early lead.

Wednesday 13th December

Champions League: Newcastle face nervous wait

Eddie Howe's Newcastle United will rely on other teams heading into their match against AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Magpies must beat the Italian outfit at St James' Park, and hope Paris Saint-Germain fail to beat Borussia Dortmund, who have already qualified.

If PSG win, they will top the group, meaning Howe's side are out. AC Milan can also qualify, so Wednesday's game promises to be a tense affair in the northeast.

Newcastle are 3/4 to win, the draw is 3/1, while AC Milan are considered 10/3 outsiders for Wednesday's fixture.

Thursday 14th December

Europa League: Gers face uphill challenge

Philippe Clement's Rangers know they will be playing European football after Christmas, but they will find out which competition they will compete in on Thursday night.

The Gers are second in Group C in the Europa League, and they face Real Betis in their final group match on Thursday.

Rangers can finish no lower than third, but if they better Sparta Prague's result, they will progress into the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Betis are available at 5/6 to win on home soil, the draw is 11/4, while Rangers are 3/1 to win on the road.

Friday 15th December

Premier League: Cooper hoping to ease the pressure

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper will hope to pick up another positive result when his side welcome Tottenham to the City Ground on Friday evening.

Cooper's side secured a 1-1 draw against Wolves on Saturday to help their boss answer his critics, and they continue to fight for him despite a poor run of results.

Tottenham's ongoing injury list is still causing them problems, and they will feel they can rack up the goals and pick up all three points at 17/20 on Friday.

Saturday 16th December

Boxing: Paul back in action

Jake Paul will return to the ring for his third fight of 2023 as he prepares to face Andre August in Orlando, Florida.

Paul started the year by losing to Tommy Fury, but he responded by beating Nate Diaz by unanimous decision.

His professional career now stands at 7-1, and he will face August, who has five stoppages to his name from a 12-fight CV.

Paul is the overwhelming favourite to win at 1/6, while August is 4/1 to pull off a shock victory.

Sunday 17th December

Premier League: Liverpool v Manchester United

After their embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth last weekend, Manchester United have it all to do this week.

First they must find a way to get a result against Bayern in the Champions League before they face rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's side will love nothing more than to add to Erik ten Hag's woes, and those that fancy a high-scoring game can back over 3.5 goals at 10/11.

Boxing: Edwards aims for unification glory

British star Edwards will get the chance to become the unified flyweight champion when he takes on Rodriguez in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Rodriguez will put his WBO title on the line, while IBF champion Edwards will also put his belt up for grabs.

Edwards has never lost in his 20-fight career, while Rodriguez has also never tasted defeat in his 18 fights as a professional.

Both men are exceptionally skilled, and Rodriguez is expected to win at 10/21, making Edwards the 8/5 underdog.

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