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Thursday, November 27, 1997 Published at 08:35 GMT


United favourites for Champions League
image: [ United's Andy Cole, who scored a hat-trick against Feyenoord, is hoping to maintain his goal-scoring form ]
United's Andy Cole, who scored a hat-trick against Feyenoord, is hoping to maintain his goal-scoring form

Manchester United have been made 9-4 favourites to win the Champions League by the British bookmakers Ladbrokes.

Real Madrid are second favourites at 3-1 and last year's beaten finalists, and one of United's main rivals, Juventus are third favourites at 6-1 followed by Bayern Munich at 7-1.

United need only one point from their last two matches to guarantee them a place in the last eight of the competition. On Thursday the English Premiership champions take on Kosice from Slovakia at Old Trafford, a match they are tipped to win.

United are the only team in the competition to have won every game.

Juventus, who posed the greatest threat to the Reds, both in Group B and in the competition as a whole, were made third favourites after losing 2-0 in the Netherlands to Feyenoord. Their Italian international striker, Alessandro Del Piero picked up a yellow card and will now miss the December 10 clash against Manchester United in Turin.

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