Manchester City kicked off their Champions League campaign with a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Napoli, and next up for Roberto Mancini’s men is a daunting road trip to Munich to face the German giants, Bayern. Will the star studded City line up ignite the second round of the Group fixtures, or will German efficiency prevail?
Group A Opening fixtures
City came from behind to register a point in their opening game against Napoli, with Aleksander Kolarov the unlikely scorer of the second half equaliser. His 75th minute free kick was all City had to show for their efforts, despite Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez all featuring (Tevez from the bench).
Bayern Munich travelled to Villarreal and registered an extremely helpful 2-0 win. Group A looks very competitive and picking up points away from home will be a massive bonus for all four teams. Goals from Toni Kroos and Rafinha secured an impressive win against a Villarreal team who had won their last 9 European home games.
Bayern Munich v Manchester City Match Odds
Bayern are available at a best price 1.75 with Bet365 and while the formidable home form of the 2010/11 European campaign may justify favouritism, that price is a little short of the value price of evens available earlier in the week. The German club notched wins against Cluj, Basel and Roma in the group stages, scoring 8 goals. However, the previous season, ironically when they went all the way to the final, Bayern’s home form in the group stage was poor. Defeated by Bordeaux and held by Juventus, the only win came against Israeli minnows, Maccabi Haifa. City are currently hovering around a best price of 5 (With Ladbrokes) and a repeat of the patchy form of 2009/10 from Bayern could see the English side prevail at a healthy price.
The worry for Manchester City will be in defence. On the road in the league, City have conceded 5 goals in 3 games – not really a strong record to be taking to Germany. Munich, to compound the problem, have rattled in a total of 12 goals in their last 2 home fixtures, although they have been beaten prior to that – on the opening day by Borussia Mönchengladbach. They have won the two games since then 5-0 and 7-0. Intimidating scorelines.
With the draw available around 3.75, the 1.75 about Bayern now looks too small (Having previously been as large as 2.06).