The highlight match on Champions League Matchday 2 arguably takes place at the Allianz Arena, with Manchester City taking on the best German team in their own backyard.
With hundreds of millions invested in new players, there won’t be too many matches where Roberto Mancini’s team are underdogs, although they face a tall order getting something from the clash against Bayern.
City can be backed at 11/4 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to win the game, although this could be a cracking price for a few reasons. Firstly, they will have the opportunity to counter-attack against the Bundesliga leaders, with Sergio Aguero and David Silva looking to exploit gaps all the time.
Secondly, they have a defence that stands every chance of containing a potent attack featuring Mario Gomez, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller. The visitors are 6/1 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) to win to nil and that seems like a tasty price.
Bayern have started the season very strongly, winning six of their seven matches and scoring 21 goals in their 7 games to date. They are available at even money for those that fancy trying to double their money on the Munich side, with the latest win being a 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Robben was actually rested for that game and the Dutchman is 7/1 to open the scoring against City, having inflicted damage on Manchester United two seasons ago by scoring a winning goal in the Champions League.
Since the opening game of the season, this is a Bayern team that haven’t conceded a goal and Paddy Power offer 13/5 that they win without conceding, while No Goalscorer is on offer at 12/1 which doesn’t seem like a bad bet considering that City are going to take a safety-first approach.