There were six goals scored when the sides met at Old Trafford back in September, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to provide another high-scoring encounter this eveningManchester United will be looking to clinch top spot in Group A when they travel to the BayArena to face Bayer Leverkusen for Wednesday‘s Champions League clash.
Having overseen a 4-2 victory over this opposition in his first match in this competition, David Moyes is available at 21/10 (3.10) with bet365 to secure a place in the knockout stages by completing the double in Germany.
However, the hosts have won their last eight consecutive group stage matches on home soil and are 29/20 (2.45) favourites to them leapfrog their opponents with all three points this evening.
The Red Devils have drawn each of their last three away games in this competition, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them settling for a single point yet again in this one.
While the reverse fixture at Old Trafford will live long in Moyes’ memory as his Champions League debut, it was also memorable in its own right for being a thoroughly entertaining encounter.
Those fans who were enthralled by that six-goal opener will have been disappointed to see only three more scored in the visitors’ three matches since, but tonight’s clash promises a return to form in terms of goalmouth action.
Sami Hyypia’s side have won over plenty of neutrals this season thanks to a string of attacking performances, with the 5-3 victory over Hamburg in their last home game just the tip of the iceberg.
With 26 goals in just eight games in their own back yard this season, Leverkusen are sure to put pressure on a defence with only one clean sheet to their name on the road this season, having been breached by the modest attacks of Fulham, Stoke and most recently twice by Cardiff.
Considering at least three goals have been scored in 10 of the last 11 Champions League games at the BayArena, odds of 19/20 (1.95) are surely too good to miss on over 2.5 going in between two sides who have provided 17 goals in their previous five encounters.
|Over 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 19/20 (1.95) with bet365
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