Manchester City host European champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday with the sides experiencing contrasting fortunes in this season’s Champions League. While Bayern sit atop Group E with four wins from four and having conceded just a single goal, Manuel Pellegrini’s men are slumped at the foot of the group having amassed just two points from their four games.
So can the Citizens somehow muster the victory they need to resurrect their chances of progressing to the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition, or will it be business as usual for Pep Guardiola’s team of superstars?
Current form would clearly point towards a victory for the Germans. As well as a 100% record in Europe, in the Bundesliga the Bavarians are also flying high with nine victories and three draws from their 12 matches so far. They have scored an average of 2.58 goals per game and remarkably conceded just three league goals all season. But even a team as dominant and assured as Bayern have chinks in their armour. And those chinks tend to appear when they are on their travels (though, admittedly, not when they tore Roma apart in Italy in a match that finished 7-1 to Guardiola’s team.
Despite some outstanding performances, it should be noted that Bayern have drawn three times in the Bundesliga, all away from home. And though City were outplayed by the Germans in Munich back in September, the 1-0 victory for the home side could hardly be viewed as emphatic. Add to that the fact that the Citizens beat Bayern in Germany in December 2013 and in Manchester in December 2011, and maybe, just maybe, the English side could have enough to battle their way to what would be a shock triumph.
Pellergini’s men haven’t been firing on all cylinders this season, but it was around this time last term when they really hit top gear (putting together a run of 11 wins and a draw from 24th November to 29th January) and with the Germans having already qualified as group winners, there is always the chance that the visitors will lack their usual intensity.
If you think City have a chance of getting the much-needed three points, BetVictor’s latest betting offer could be of interest to you. The bookie – one of the very best around when it comes to football odds – are offering refunds on losing bets of up to £10 (as a free bet) if City beat Bayern. To qualify for the offer you need to place a pre-match bet of at least £10 on any of the following markets: correct score, spincast, scorecast, half time/full time, or first/last/anytime goalscorer, and if your bet loses but the home side win you’ll be credited with a £10 free bet within 24 hours of the match ending and you’ll then have 30 days to use the freebie.
In order to take advantage of the bet, we would recommend one of two options. Firstly, if Bayern are really up for the fight, their superiority should see them to victory and backing the visitors to be ahead at half time and full time looks a good option at odds of 12/5, with the refund coming your way if City cause an upset. Our second option, at higher odds, would be for Robert Lewandowski to score and Bayern to win 3-1 at a very nice 55/1. Admittedly it’s a bit of a punt, but with the insurance policy of BetVictor’s offer in place, it might just be worth a shot.