CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Manchester United v Valencia and FC Twente v Tottenham

07 December 2010 07:41
The final round of the Champions League group stage kicks off this evening with both Manchester United and Tottenham looking to secure top spot in their groups. The Red Devils only need a draw at home to Valencia while Spurs can guarantee first place with a win at FC Twente. Follow all the action with Sportsmail where you can email me your thoughts on the action at

 Champions League (7.45pm)Bursaspor v Rangers

FC Twente v Tottenham

Manchester United v Valencia

19.28: Sir Alex Ferguson may not care judging by his lineup but Manchester United are on course for some Champions League history.

Another shut-out and they will become the first side to keep clean sheets in all six of their group games, a remarkable feat if they achieve it and one the fans and players could be very proud of.

19.25: And for Rangers' Champions League farewell this season:

Bursaspor v RangersBursaspor: Ozkan, Keceli, Aziz, Stepanov, Wederson, Has, Cimsir, Yildirim, Insua, Ipek, Nunez. Subs: Ivankov, Erdogan, Kirita, Batalla, Bahadir, Ergic, Odabasi.Rangers: McGregor, Foster, Bougherra, Weir, Whittaker, Cole, Naismith, Hutton, McCulloch, Davis, Miller. Subs: Alexander, Fleck, Beattie, Weiss, McMillan, Perry, Wylde.Referee: Tony Chapron (France)

19.23: Harry Redknapp keeps to his word to hand some of his fringe players starts as Tottenham chase the top spot in their final Champions League Group A game at FC Twente.

Vedran Corluka makes his first appearance for more than two months, Niko Kranjcar is also handed a rare start, while there are recalls for the fit-again Jermaine Jenas and Roman Pavlyuchenko as Luka Modric (flu) and Peter Crouch stand down.

Twente hand a Champions League debut to veteran goalkeeper Sander Boschker and a recall to Dwight Tiendalli.

19.21: Spurs lineup in Holland:

FC Twente v TottenhamFC Twente: Boschker, Rosales, Wisgerhof, Franco, Tiendalli, Brama, Landzaat, Janssen, de Jong, Janko, Chadli. Subs: Mihailov, Bengtsson, Parker, Buysse, Vujicevic, Leugers, John.Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Jenas, Palacios, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Hutton, Lennon, Keane, Crouch, Giovani, Dawson.Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

19.19: Sir Alex Ferguson hands Ben Amos only his third Manchester United start as the Red Devils look to secure the Champions League point against Valencia at Old Trafford that would confirm them as Group C winners.

Although Ferguson had suggested yesterday he would name his strongest team, the absence of Edwin van der Sar, who does not even make the bench, proved those words incorrect. The veteran Dutchman is, though, expected to be available for Monday's encounter with Arsenal.

Twins Fabio and Rafael filled the full-back berths.

Manchester City's David Silva expected to be among the crowd to watch his former club, who are also sure of their place in the last 16.

19.17: Team news from Old Trafford:

Man Utd v ValenciaMan Utd: Amos, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Fabio Da Silva, Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Park, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Fletcher, Obertan, Macheda.Valencia: Guaita, Miguel, Ricardo Costa, Dealbert, Mathieu, Pablo, Banega, Albelda, Jordi Alba, Dominguez, Aduriz. Subs: Cesar, Maduro, Soldado, Mata, Feghouli, Costa, Isco.Referee: Pedro Proenca (Portugal)

19.15: Before we start, Spurs and Manchester United may be through but that does not mean they will lift off the gas for a second.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side may only need a draw to secure top spot but Valencia will provide much more of a threat than the numb attacks of Bursaspor and Rangers.

Speaking of the Scottish side they are just playing for pride against Bursaspor before they tumble into the Europa League.

Tottenham meanwhile will be looking to wrap up what has been a terrific campaign so far by the north London side and they know a win tonight could go a long way to keeping them in the competition beyond the last 16.

Just warming up: Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Ji Sung-Park train in preparation for the visit of Valencia

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