Champions League and Oktoberfest? Not a bad week for a City fan
Match-day two of the UEFA Champions League, with both Manchester clubs looking for their first victory in the competition.
September 27th, 2011
For City fans, there comes the realisation that Champions League away days are much more enjoyable than those in the Europa League as, instead of Timişoara, they get to go to Munich during Oktoberfest. There’s also the small matter of their team’s tie against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Yep, the road to Munich has taken them to Munich, albeit some nine months early, with City looking to record their first win against one of Europe’s most established names.
But whilst Mancini’s men have looked good in the Premier League, Bayern have been nothing short of outstanding so far this season. A record of nine straight wins in all competitions is impressive enough but when you notice that said run includes nine consecutive clean sheets and 26 goals, highlights being a 7-0 thumping of Freiburg, 5-0 battering of Hamburg and 3-0 wins over Kaiserslautern and Bayer Leverkusen, you can see why this is City’s toughest test of the campaign so far.
Ordinarily, we’d look at a game between two teams in red-hot form and back away, but where’s the fun in that? So let’s go over the odds.
The sheer number of tipsters backing City, a side with relatively little Champions League experience, to go to one of the biggest clubs in Europe and waltz away with three points suggests a lack of respect for the Bundesliga. You might look at Bayern’s early fixtures and notice teams towards the bottom of the league, but the manner in which they have disposed of their opponents suggests that they can still turn it on against the better sides. Conversely, City’s last two league fixtures have seen them throw away two points at Craven Cottage and grab an arguably fortuitous win over Everton.
This is a tough one to call but with Bayern’s defence free of leaks since the opening day of the season, we’re tempted to back the 5/2 on a home win “to nil” or the 15/2 on a 1-0 success for Bayern.
Whilst the noisy neighbours are enjoying Europe’s largest beer festival, Manchester United have a much less taxing night ahead of them as they play a side that nobody seems to know how to pronounce. Is it Basel? Is it Basle? Is it Baaaaarle? Who knows? What we do know is that United will have another three points on the board come 9:30 tonight.
The best you’ll get about a United win is 1/5 with Ladbrokes so we’re going to be looking elsewhere for our pick in this game and, with no Rooney or Hernandez for the home side, the goalscorer market looks to be a little more open.
We’re not sure exactly what options Ferguson will take up front, with Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Danny Welbeck all in contention so instead, we’re going to Nani to get amongst the goals at 17/10 with Unibet.
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City: Bayern Munich to win to-nil @ 5/2
Manchester United vs FC Basle: Nani to score at any time @ 17/10