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UEFA Champions League Betting Preview: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Manchester United

Man United is a win away from clinching a spot in the knockout stage, but is in tough against Bayer Leverkusen -- which is undefeated at home this year. The O2.5 is appealing.

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Manchester United will be looking to repeat its result against Bayer Leverkusen from matchday one, when it won a 4-2 thriller at Old Trafford. The Red Devils come into the game with an opportunity to advance to the knockout stage with a win, while a loss could see them drop down to third.

Winning won't be easy, as Leverkusen is a very strong team and has won both of its matches at home in the Champions League, going 6-1 in goals for and against. United is also going to have to do it without both Robin Van Persie and Nemanja Vidic, who are out with injuries.

The visitors are listed as underdogs, with William Hill pegging them at 3.10 to win outright today at the BayArena.

The draw looks the most appealing of all the 1x2 picks at 3.10, with the halftime/fulltime draw bringing that up by about two dollars to 5.00. United is coming off a 2-2 away draw to Cardiff City this past weekend in Premier League play, and has drawn both of its road games in the Champions League so far.

The hosts are favoured at 2.40 to emerge with a victory and leap United for top spot in the group going into the final matchday. The German side is unbeaten in its last three matches and has not lost at home this season in all competitions.

The bet I really like today is the over 2.5 total goals, which is at 1.95. The last time these two attacking teams met it was a six goal fest, and with a lot at stake today I expect the three goal threshold to crack.

Wayne Rooney scored a brace last time out against Leverkusen, and on Wednesday he can be taken at 2.25 to net one and 10.00 if he notches a pair. For a correct scorer pick, though, I still prefer Stefan Kiessling -- who is also at 2.25 to score in the game. The German international has 8 goals from 12 starts this season and is a gamebreaker anytime he plays.