Manchester City have been complete flops so far in Europe. Can they turn their fortunes around on Tuesday?
This really is make or break time for Pellegrini’s side as they face Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, however we feel that it will be more ‘break’ than ‘make’ at the Etihad when the sides clash this week.
Man City were hopeful of taking on Europe’s best, however their Champions League dream has become a complete nightmare with the side close to exiting the competition following a dismal group stage.
A surprise defeat at home to CSKA Moscow in their last outing has left the team bottom of their group and a failure to triumph on Tuesday will see them fall at the very first hurdle. Manager Pellegrini has admitted that there is a huge crisis of confidence in the City camp, however he has made it clear what they need to do on Tuesday.
Following this shock defeat to CSKA, City were held to a surprise draw by Premier League strugglers QPR, however they returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win against Swansea City at the weekend. Nevertheless, Bayern are a different kettle of fish entirely, the Germans beating Hoffenheim 4-0 at the weekend to extend their unbeaten run to 18 in all competitions.
As such, it is hardly a surprise to see the German side start this match as firm favourites, BetVictor offering 6/5 for a Bayern victory. City are up for grabs at 12/5 to clinch the much needed points, a draw available at 13/5, however we’ll be backing the Bundesliga side on Tuesday. They are one of the most in-form teams anywhere at present and Pep Guardiola will be eager to send a message to the rest of Europe with a comprehensive win against the reigning Premier League champions.
Bayern have been banging in the goals this season, however they are also extremely strong at the back, the side conceding a solitary goal in the Champions League as well as a mere three in the Bundesliga so far this term. City failed to score at the Allianz when the teams last met, however we feel they can find the back of the net on Tuesday, having failed to score in just one of their last eight outings. As such we’ll be backing a Bayern win with both teams scoring, BetVictor offering 27/10 for such a result.
We could look at Mario Gotze ( 19/10 ) or Sergio Aguero ( 8/5 ) on the anytime goalscorer market, however the safest bet we feel will be Bayern clinching the points and sending Pellegrini’s side out of the Champions League. City may get on the scoresheet but Guardiola will be desperate for his side’s 18-match unbeaten run to continue on Tuesday.
Our betting tips
Bayern Munich to win with both teams to score – BetVictor 27/10