Man City v Bayern Munich Champions League Preview
It’s do or die in this must win game for Manchester City who are on the brink of crashing out of the Champions League on Tuesday if they don’t get a result against Bayern Munich.
The Premier League champions have registered just two points in four games so far, so will need to beat the Group E leaders and rely on results elsewhere going their way. Roma and CSKA Moscow sit on four points each, meaning a draw between those sides would give the Citizens an outside chance of qualifying for the last 16, something which is currently rated as a general 4/1 chance by online bookmakers.
The reverse fixture was moments away from ending as a bore-draw until Jerome Boateng broke City hearts with a devastating last minute winner at the Allianz Arena. Bayern may have the psychological edge then, the Germans arrive in Manchester as favourites despite being the away side and the pressure is off with their passage to the knock-out phase already assured.
Who Will Win?
Looking at the last five competitive meetings, these sides have been trading blows and if the current trend continues it’s Man City’s turn to claim a victory this time. But including qualifiers, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have failed to win their last 6 matches in the Champions League, while Bayern have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches and have a 100% record in Group E.
Man City will be hoping that Bayern take their foot of the gas a little now that they’re through and if the hosts can carry their impressive domestic home form into the European competition, odds of 11/5 with bet365 on a City victory could be well worth taking.
Will There Be Goals?
The 1-0 win for Bayern last time the sides met, was the lowest-scoring game between these sides in the last five competitive encounters and could be viewed as an anomaly. Man City’s memorable 2-3 win at the Allianz Arena followed a humbling 1-3 defeat at the Etihad in last year’s competition and the potential for goals remains high in this fixture.
Bets on Both Teams To Score at a generally available 4/7 and Over 2.5 Goals at 4/6 will likely prove popular given the attacking talent on display in both sides. Manchester City simply have to attack the game to try and prolong their stay in the tournament, but their defence has been far from water-tight of late and they could be vulnerable on the counter-attack.
Who Will Score?
The hosts will be banking on Sergio Aguero to come through Saturday’s Swansea clash unscathed and do the business. The Argentine has been in superb goal-scoring form this season, scoring 14 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions, including starting a couple of those games on the bench! He’s favourite in the First Goalscorer market for good reason and will take some stopping if turning up in top form.
The visitors have any amount of goal-scoring candidates with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and Mario Gotze all deadly in front of goal when given the opportunity. But it’s Thomas Muller who looks the most dangerous and he could be viable each-way First-Goalscorer for those who fancy Bayern to land the first blow, particularly after he bagged an impressive hat-trick away to Frankfurt before the international break.
Correct Score Prediction
Man City 2 – 1 Bayern Munich – 10/1 Bet365