Shaw returns to training

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw returned to training on Monday but it seems unlikely that he will be fit enough to represent England at Euro 2016.

The 20-year-old suffered a double fracture of the leg during the Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven in September and it is not thought he will be able to play for United again this season.

Shaw has featured in 21 Premier League matches for United since his £27million switch from Southampton in the summer of 2014.

Meanwhile, Ander Herrera is upbeat about United's chances of playing in the Champions League next season.

Louis van Gaal's side improved their prospects by edging to a 1-0 victory against Everton on Sunday and are currently fifth, one place and one point behind Manchester City with seven matches to play.

United are 7/1 to finish in the top four and face title-chasing Tottenham this weekend. Van Gaal's side are 14/1 to beat Spurs 2-1 on Sunday and 9/1 to win the match by a two-goal margin.

"Overall when you're fifth in the table and want to be in the top four, you have to maintain this form," Herrera said. "It is not going to be easy because Man City also want to be in the next Champions League but we have to fight for it. I think we are ready to do it.

"Man United should be in the Champions League every year. I think the last 25 or 26 years, just one time we didn't play Champions League, so we want to be there.

"When we play against a top team, I am not so worried about our performance because we usually do quite well against the top teams. The most difficult games for us are when we're not playing against top teams."

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Warburton ready for big night

Rangers boss Mark Warburton believes his side are ready to make the step up in performance ahead of a massive night at Ibrox on Tuesday.

The Old Firm outfit will make a long-awaited return back to the Scottish Premiership if they can beat Dumbarton in Glasgow.

Forwards Martyn Waghorn and David Templeton remain out of action for a Rangers side who have only managed to secure  four points in their last three games.

Warburton has admitted recent form has been slightly disappointing and wants side to put it right in front of a bumper crowd at Ibrox.

He said: "We are looking at what we can do better, and we have to be tighter and harder to beat, that's for sure.

"But I don't think there is one area that we are exposed on at the moment."

Rangers are 1/12 to win, 9/1 to draw and 28/1 to lose to Dumbarton.

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Old Firm paired together

Celtic boss Ronny Deila.

Celtic and Rangers have been drawn to face each other in Scottish Cup semi-finals next month.

The Glasgow clubs will clash at Hampden Park on the weekend of 16th April for a place in this season's final.

The other last-four tie will pit Dundee United against the winners of a quarter final replay between holders Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hibernian, who drew 1-1 at Easter Road on Sunday afternoon.

Earlier in the day Celtic had moved into the last-four with a straightforward home win over Greenock Morton as first half goals from Leigh Griffiths, Gary Mackay-Steven and Callum McGregor eased the pressure on manager Ronny Deila.

Championship leaders Rangers had also progressed with little fuss on Saturday as they eased past Premiership side Dundee at Ibrox with goals from Harry Forrester inside 15 seconds and Jason Holt, Andy Halliday and Lee Wallace in the second period.

Dundee United, bottom of the Scottish Premiership, came out best in a five-goal thriller with Ross County to book their semi-final berth on Saturday.

There has been just one Old Firm Derby since Rangers were demoted to the bottom tier of Scottish football four years ago.

That came in League Cup semi-final at Hampden last February, with the Hoops running out 2-0 winners courtesy of goals from Griffiths and Kris Commons.

Prior to the draw, Celtic manager Deila insisted he did not have a favoured outcome.

"For me it's about winning the trophy, that's the important thing, and we'll take what comes in front of us," he said.

"We have to beat everybody to win the trophy and we're eager for that. Now we have two games left and hopefully we can win it."

Celtic return to league action on Saturday at Partick Thistle. The Hoops are 1/3 to win at Firhill as they attempt to maintain their advantage over second-placed Aberdeen.

The Dons, 1000/1 to be champions, could move to within one-point of Celtic by themselves winning at Partick Thistle on Tuesday evening. Aberdeen are 21/20 to beat Partick.

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Henderson reveals ongoing injury

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has confirmed he been forced to play the entire Premier League season with a heel injury.

The Reds midfielder suffered the initial injury back in August against Bournemouth and has slowly been working his way back to full fitness ever since.

Following his recent exploits with England over the international break, Henderson feels he is getting back to somewhere near his best football.

He was quoted by Sky Sports, saying: "Sometimes I can be my own worst enemy if I'm playing with an injury or different things. It's my own fault at times, but that's just the way I am.

"I feel as though now I'm starting to get back to the physicality – that's a big part of my game – and when that's correct, then everything else seems to flow much better."

Henderson next chance to impress for Liverpool comes on Sunday when they host Stoke City at Anfield.

The Red are 13/20 to win, 3/1 to draw and 5/1 to lose to the Potters on Merseyside.

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Dyche keeps his feet on ground

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is refusing to accept that his side will be playing in the Premier League again next season.

The Clarets are four points clear of third spot with seven games to go following their dramatic draw with Brighton and are now 1/10000 to be promoted this season.

They face Cardiff City on Tuesday and can be backed at 14/1 to beat the Bluebirds, who are 2000/1 to be promoted, 3-1 at Turf Moor.

Burnley are unbeaten in 17 Championship games but Dyche insists there is no complacency within the squad as they attempt to make an immediate return to the top-flight following last season's relegation.

"No, we talk about the next game," he said.

"We talk about the outcome we're looking for and how to get that. That's actually how we work, it's what I believe. I was like that as a player.

"You know where the journey goes, you know where you want to get to, all the players should know that at the beginning of the season.

"Then during the season that might get reassessed in some circumstances, but you don't need to keep reminding the players of where they're going, they know that, you have to remind them of how to get there."

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Hart in line to start in Paris

Joe Hart looks set to start for Manchester City in their Champions League clash against Paris St-Germain after returning to training on Tuesday morning.

Fabian Delph was also involved in training ahead of the quarter-final first leg match in the French capital, but Yaya Toure missed out.

The Ivorian's agent, Dimitri Seluk, said on Monday that the midfielder would definitely be leaving City this summer after claiming that negotiations with the club's hierarchy about a new contract had come to a standstill in recent weeks.

Hart has been sidelined since sustaining a calf injury during last month's Manchester derby defeat while an Achilles problem has kept former Aston Villa star Delph out of action since early February.

Toure continues to be troubled by a heel injury but Kevin De Bruyne, who scored in Saturday's 4-0 Premier League win at Bournemouth, seems certain to feature against PSG.

If Hart is not fit enough to play, Willy Caballero will continue in goal, and the 34-year-old Spaniard will relish the chance to shine again.

He said: "We don't know about the recovery of Joe but hopefully if I have the opportunity it will be great to play in Paris, but I don't know. We'll see how Joe is."

City can be backed at 4/1 to keep a clean sheet in Wednesday's match, while David Silva is 5/1 to score at any time in the encounter. PSG are 4/9 to qualify for the semi-finals and are 1212/1 to win the Champions League outright this season.

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Keogh hails Glory midfield

Andy Keogh's keen to share the plaudits around after setting an Australian scoring record in Perth Glory's win over Melbourne City.

The Republic of Ireland international became the first player in Australian national league history to find the net in eight consecutive games as Perth, who are 1212/1 to win the Grand Final, won 3-2.

He's scored nine times during that sequence, and overall has 10 league goals from just 12 starts.

It's not a one-man show, however, and Keogh says several of the Glory's signings this season have made a big difference.

They now have a chance to claim a top-four spot if they beat Sydney FC away in the final round of the regular season on Sunday.

The Glory are 7/5 to beat Sydney FC, who are 9/5 with the draw 5/2.

Keogh says the likes of Gyorgy Sandor and Diego Costa, who joined in pre-season, have improved the team and the injury replacement signing of Krisztian Vadocz in January has also been a significant factor.

Speaking of the midfield combination of Sandor and fellow Hungarian Vadocz, he said: "The two lads anchor great. They allow us going forward to really express ourselves, knowing that they'll be cleaning up behind us if we do give the ball away.

"It's made a massive difference. Kristian coming in has really helped Gyorgy as well, allowing him to gallop forward a bit more and join in."

Of all the 10 wins in their last 11 games, Sunday's victory over a City side who had been top of the table was a real highlight.

"I think we thoroughly deserved it. To be honest I think we could have been four, five, even 6-0 up before they even scored," said Keogh. "On a personal level it was great to get the opener as well."

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United have all to play for

Stefan Mauk's proud of Adelaide United's achievements this season, and looking to help the Reds secure a top-two finish.

Mauk will come up against his former team Melbourne City on Friday in a match second-placed United realistically have to win to have a chance of winning the Premier's Plate.

The A-League table is so tight that if they lose to City at AAMI Park they could end up as low as fifth. 

Besides the premiership, which Adelaide have only won once, the battle is on to claim the best passage through the Finals Series.

If they hold their current position of second it will mean Guillermo Amor's team have a bye in the first round of the finals and then host a semi-final. The worst-case scenario, though, is that if they drop to fifth in the final table they'll have face an elimination final away from home.

Midfielder Mauk says the Reds, who have so far never won the championship, have proved they have an excellent defence. 

With their 2-0 win at Sydney FC on Saturday, they set a new A-League record by keeping a fourth consecutive clean sheet away from home.

"As a team, you can build yourself on a good defence," said the 20-year-old. "We don't go out there to not concede (only), but it proves that we're a team and we work for each other."

He added: "We go into the game (against City) with a big opportunity. If we can stop City as a team and just focus on our game, then we should be fine with getting the result."

The Reds are not just a good defensive side, as they've proved by seven goals past league leaders Brisbane Roar in their last two meetings including a 4-1 away win in January.

Mauk said: "We've always had a good spread of players (contributing with goal scoring). It's good to have that because (opposition) teams can't hone in on anyone specifically because we have players in every position that can score goals."

Melbourne City are 11/10 to beat Adelaide United in their next game, with United 11/5 and the draw 13/5.

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Guardiola wary of in-form Benfica

Bayern Munich manager Josep Guardiola accepts that this season will be deemed a failure if his side do not win the treble.

Bayern will attempt to move closer to Champions League glory on Tuesday when they take on Benfica in the first leg of their quarter-final encounter but Guardiola knows it will not be easy to beat the Portuguese side as they have won 19 of their last 20 games.

In the quarter-finals last season, Bayern lost the first leg to another Portuguese side, Porto, 3-1 only to ease to a 6-1 victory in the return encounter and they can be backed at 1212/1 to win the Champions League outright this term.

Guardiola, who will leave the Bavarian giants this summer before teaming up with Manchester City, said: "I am Bayern coach and we always want to be the best but I really don't think we are the favourites going into this. Benfica are playing very well at the moment and I have to admit I am very impressed how well.

"But we are Bayern, and Bayern are always considered favourites. I have lots of respect for them and for Portuguese football. Remember what happened last year in Porto.

"For the people of Munich I understand and accept that only the treble will do. If we don't win it, I know for many it is simply not good enough. But there are many quality teams. The most important thing is that we give it our best shot."

Bayern were almost knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus in the last round and needed a Franck Ribery goal to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 in the Bundesliga in their last domestic match. They face Werder Bremen in the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal later this month.

Table-topping Bayern are five points clear of Borussia Dortmund with six matches to go.

Meanwhile, Benfica thrashed Braga 5-1 in their last game and are 28/1 to edge to a 1-0 win on Tuesday against Bayern, with Konstantinos Mitroglou available at 5/1 to score at any time in the match.

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Pique upbeat despite rare loss

Gerard Pique is convinced that Barcelona will be able to bounce back from the weekend loss to Real Madrid when they take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Barcelona's 39-match unbeaten run was ended by Real on Saturday, but Pique believes that result will have little bearing on Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg encounter.

Barcelona, 1212/1 to win the Champions League outright this season, can be backed at 9/2 to win the first leg at the Nou Camp 1-0 with Lionel Messi available at 10/11 to score at any time.

"We will try to decide the tie in the first leg, especially after what happened on Saturday. We will do the best we can and score as many goals as possible," said Pique.

"It is always a challenge after a loss. In terms of morale, Saturday's defeat was a defeat like any other. We hadn't lost for 39 games, but sometimes this happens in football. We are ready again and have a unique opportunity to set the bar high again.

"Atletico have had a spectacular season, so it's going be more complicated than Saturday. They know how to defend and are really good on the counter. We don't need to be warned about the size of our task."

Despite Saturday's defeat, Barcelona are six points clear of second-placed Atletico in La Liga and seven better off than Real with only seven matches of the campaign remaining.

Fernando Torres was on target on Saturday as Atletico thrashed Real Betis 5-1.

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