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Jon Riley 29th Mar 2010 - 16:55

Punters will be Bayern money with a bet on United!

Manchester United travel to Germany to face their German nemesis Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

These two European superpowers have history in this competition, most noticeably the 1999 final. If you're a football fan with an interest in this competition you'll no doubt be completely familiar with United's last gasp, come-from-behind victory over the Bavarians on that balmy Barcelona night nearly eleven years ago.

Goals from supersubs Sheringham and Solskjaer won the game in the dying seconds for the Reds who lifted the trophy for the first time in 31 years.

That match has informed each United-Bayern encounter since. In subsequent encounters with Bayern, however, United have failed to emulate their Champions League Final performance.

They lost twice to Bayern in the quarter-finals of the 2000/2001 campaign and a pair of matches in the 2001/2002 group stages ended in draws.

Fast forward those said 11 years and both clubs have won the trophy on one occasion. Bayern in 2001 while the Red Devils beat Chelsea in Moscow in 2008.

United (11/8) head into this encounter in sparkling form both in the Champions League and domestically. Their 7-2 aggregate defeat of AC Milan sent a clear message of intent to the rest of Europe that United meant business in their quest to avenge the final heartbreak in Rome last year.

Wayne Rooney has been United's star this season. His prodigious play and fearsome strike rate has seen him gain international plaudits. He's priced at 4/1 to open the scoring in the Allianz Arena and just evens to notch anytime.

The man who impressed in Rooney's absence at the weekend was Dimitar Berbatov, the ex-Leverkusen man is no no stranger to German football and is 6/1 to open the scoring, that's if Sir Alex chooses to go with two up front.

The Tie - Bayern Munich (+1 goal) vs Man Utd (-1) could be worth a shout at 3/1 if you think United could just sneak it. A repeat of the 1999 scoreline of 2-1 would give you a winner here.

Bayern Munich's form has stuttered in recent weeks. Domestically Louis van Gaal's men have won just two of their last six Bundesliga matches, even surrending their position at the summit of the league to rivals Schalke.

They are priced at 19/10 to beat United.

To do so they'll be praying that Arjen Robben (7/1 first goal scorer) is passed fit. He and flying Frenchman Franck Ribery (9/1) are Bayern's wing wonders and main attacking threat. If they can get the better of Gary Neville and Patrice Evra to supply forwards Mario Gomez (11/2) and Miroslav Klose (6/1) then they stand half a chance.

The game on Tuesday should be a very competitive affair. The Germans are nothing if not resolute. The Bayern draw-no-bet has odds of 5/4, a fine price if you think that they have the slight edge.

That's why I think Sir Alex Ferguson will be assembling his team with the intention of going for victory. However, I feel that he would be satisfied with a draw and the opportunity to go for the kill at Old Trafford next week.

My recommendation for the game would be a score draw. 1-1 is priced at 11/2 while 2-2 is an adventurous 14's.



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