Manchester United-Bayer Leverkusen Betting Preview: Red Devils to tame the Germans at Old Trafford

David Moyes will be aiming to start debut in the prestigious competition on a winning note against Sami Hyypia's men

Manchester United welcome Bayern Leverkusen to Old Trafford as they begin their quest for a fourth Uefa Champions League crown in their 18th successive appearance.

This game comes exactly six months after the Red Devils crashed out of last season’s edition in the hands of Real Madrid - a match eroded in controversy following the expulsion of Nani.

United come into this match after an impressive win over Crystal Palace 2-0 in the English Premier League with goals from Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

Ladbrokes prices them at 8/11 (1.72) to secure maximum points.

The visitors managed by ex-Liverpool star Sami Hyppia stage a return into this elite championship after bowing out in a ridiculous manner versus against Barcelona in the 2011/12 last 16 tie. They can be backed at 4/1 (5.00) to shock their highly favoured hosts while the draw is a 11/4 (3.75 ) play according to the same firm.

Hyypia's side is currently third in the German Bundesliga log, trailing the duo of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund while Manchester United are nowhere to be found on the top three position of the EPL. Considering the fact that both teams boast of quality strikers who are not shy scoring goals, Ladbrokes backs both teams to score at 7/10 (1.70).

Dutch striker, Robin Van Persie represents a good bet to find the back of the net at 4/1(5.00). He has netted eight goals in his last eight competitive matches, including four in his last three while his teammate Wayne Rooney is a 5/1 (6.00) shot to set Old Trafford alive with goals in this cracker set to be explosive.

Not minding their form in the domestic scene this season, Bayer Leverkusen have not won any game away in their last 13 matches, little wonder Manchester United is a 31/10 (4.10) choice to win both halves.

For those looking for more value, backing total goals over 2.5 at 8/11 (1.72) appear to be a fantastic price.

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