Manchester United will be heading to Germany on Wednesday hoping to defy the odds and we have free football betting tips.
It's make or break time for Manchester United's season on Wednesday as they travel to Germany for the second leg of their quarter final against Bayern Munich. With the match finely poised at one apiece, tune in to Sky Sports at 19:45 to find out who will take their place in the semi finals.
Last week's draw at Old Trafford certainly turned a few heads, myself included. It shows a sign of the times where Manchester United went into such a high profile home game as such overwhelming underdogs. David Moyes can certainly take a lot of encouragement from that performance though, as his team kept the German champions at bay for long periods in the game. Even after they conceded the equaliser, United managed to hold firm when many would have feared the worst. Wednesday's game at the Allianz Arena is an opportunity to pull all the negativity and disappointment of this campaign behind them, whether they can actually pick up the result they need is a different matter entirely.
United actually head into the game boasting some half decent form with two heavy league wins under their belt, and of course, last week's surprising draw with Bayern. Although they will be without the injured Robin van Persie and intelligible Juan Mata, a fit again Wayne Rooney will be looking to capitalise on an uncharacteristic wobble by the German giants.
Since coasting to their domestic league title, Bayern Munich have actually experienced a slump in form by their own very high standards. Although two draws and a defeat in their last three games is hardly going to see Pep Guardiola pick up his P45, it will offer a degree of optimism over what would normally be such a daunting tie.
Browsing the early prices, it's clear the bookies aren't worried about this slight blip in form. Bayern can be backed at a best priced 2/7 and 1/8 to win the match or qualify for the next round. The draw, which could actually see United progress, is available at a reasonable 6/1 along with United to qualify at the same price. Anyone looking to back David Moyes' men for a win outright can get their paws on an 11/1 shot. Whilst this may look good on paper, I would struggle to even part with Monopoly money on such a bet. However, with Bayern at such a short price, there is value elsewhere where you are still able to back them. Winner are offering 17/20 on Bayern HT/Bayern FT, this significantly better than any other bookmaker and definitely worth backing.
Without a doubt the most dangerous looking player last week, Arjen Robben will be looking to capitalise on an unsettled United defence that has been leaking goals all season. With one of the best goal to game ratios in the Bayern squad and the player with the most shots so far this season, he could prove to be a wise bet, especially if United fall behind and have to chase the game. William Hill have a headline offer of 13/8 on a Robben goal and a Bayern win, snap this up along with him being the first goalscorer with Betfred's 'DD/HH' at 4/1.
Finally, based on Bayern's five ties against English opposition this season – there has been an interesting trend with every game seeing five or more yellow cards and three of these games featuring a red. William Hill are offering a price of 9/2 on 6 or more cards and over 2.5 goals. Although it is a boarder line bet in comparison with these earlier matches, given the nature of the tie and stage of competition, it is certainly worth a punt.
Bayern Munich v Manchester United Betting Tips and Predictions
Bayern HT/Bayern FT – Bet Here at 17/20 with Winner
Arjen Robben to Score and Win – Bet Here at 13/8 with William Hill
Arjen Robben to Score First – Bet Here at 4/1 with Betfred
6 or more Cards and Over 2.5 Goals – Bet Here at 9/2 with William Hill
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