Friday, June 14, 2024

Prediction: Bayern Munich vs Manchester City

Verdict: Manchester City draw no bet

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Simply looking to finish off the job on Wednesday night, Manchester City will make the trip to the Allianz Arena when they meet Bayern Munich for their second-leg showdown.

Bayern Munich

Starting with the hosts, while Bayern Munich might have shocked many as they appointed Thomas Tuchel during March’s international break, the former Chelsea boss already knows that he has a real job on his hands at the Allianz Arena. Blown away when they made the trip to Manchester for their first-leg meeting last week, the German giants come under a huge amount of scrutiny as they were hit with an infamous 3-0 drumming at the Etihad. More than aware that they are in need of a real Champions League miracle on Wednesday night, Tuchel’s new squad also failed to pick up any kind of momentum over the weekend. Putting in another downbeat performance as they eventually had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home against Hoffenheim, Bayern have recorded just a single win from any of their last four appearances across all competitions. Crashing out of the DFP Pokal on April 8h following a stunning 2-1 defeat against Freiburg, Tuchel’s men should be bracing themselves for another stern examination.

Team News

Forced to sit out against Hoffenheim over the weekend after his altercation with Leroy Sane, Tuchel has confirmed that ex-Liverpool ace Sadio Mane will make his return to Bayern’s squad on Wednesday night. However, the likes of Manuel Neuer, Lucas Hernandez and Gabriel Marusic still remain sidelined with long-term injury issues.

Likewise, while leading goalscorer Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has returned to training, the former Stoke striker remains a doubt here.

Manchester City

As for the visitors, while Manchester City might still find themselves sat four points adrift of Arsenal in the race to defend their Premier League crown, Pep Guardiola’s men are riding what has been a stellar wave of momentum. Making a heavyweight Champions League statement last week as they cruised their way to a 3-0 romp against Wednesday’s hosts, the former Barcelona boss should find the mood in his camp at a red-hot high. Picking up some perfect momentum over the weekend as they landed a 3-1 victory at home against relegation scrappers Leicester, the Sky Blues have now won each of their previous 10 appearances across all formats. With their sights now firmly set on finally getting their hands on a maiden Champions League crown this season, City have also found a remarkable clinical edge. In fact, including their first-leg 3-0 romp at the Etihad last week, Guardiola’s superstar squad have notched 37 strikes on their 10-match winning run.

Team News

Yet to make an appearance since returning from March’s international break, Phil Foden will once again miss out on Wednesday night. However, the England international is Guardiola’s only injury concern here.

Already notching 11 Champions League strikes this season and almost breaking records by the week, Erling Haaland will spearhead Manchester City’s attack in Munich. Likewise, continuing to shine since returning from the World Cup, Jack Grealish will partner Haaland in attack once again.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides met for their first-leg meeting at the Etihad last week, Manchester City claimed a 3-0 romp on home soil.
    • The Premier League giants have won each of their last 10 straight appearances across all competitions.
    • Likewise, the Sky Blues have notched a staggering 37 goals on that 10-match winning run.
    • Along with winning just one of their last four appearances across all formats, Bayern Munich have also won two of their previous six outings.
    • Wednesday’s hosts have recorded just a single clean sheet from any of their last seven appearances.

    Conclusion

    Making a major Champions League statement last week as they breezed their way to a 3-0 romp at the Etihad, Manchester City will be desperate for a repeat display here. Already with one foot in the semi-finals, Guardiola’s men have continued on a real purple patch. Winning each of their last 10 straight appearances across all competitions, the Premier League giants have also found a remarkable clinical edge in the final third. Notching 37 strikes on their 10-match winning run, City should be relishing a trip to Munich on Wednesday night. Watching Bayern settle for a downbeat 1-1 draw at home against Hoffenheim over the weekend, Tuchel has struggled to find any stability since arriving at the Allianz. With just a pair of wins from any of their last six outings, we are backing an away draw no bet here.

    Verdict: Manchester City draw no bet

    Best Odds: 19/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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