Bayer - Man Utd Tips
Football - Group A
OUR BETTING TIP: DRAW
In the rollercoaster that is Manchester United’s season, it seems to be their European form that has looked the most positive. Going into Wednesday’s match against Bayer Leverkusen, United are unbeaten in their four Group A matches after winning two (against Leverkusen and Real Sociedad) and drawing two (against Sociedad and Shakhtar Donetsk). Their 4-2 victory over Leverkusen in their opening Champions League match means the German side are in 2nd place before Wednesday’s clash.
United continued their inconsistent domestic form with a 2-2 draw away to Cardiff City on Sunday. Wayne Rooney’s 15th minute opener became a talking point as the England striker could have very well been sent off for kicking out at Cardiff’s Jordan Mutch eight minutes earlier. Cardiff redressed the balance 15 minutes later as former United striker Fraizer Campbell slipped the ball past David de Gea to level the scoreline. Yet United were back in front on the stroke of half time, with United captain Patrice Evra, who was making his 350th appearance for United, heading home from Rooney’s corner. United didn’t seem to be able to force many more chances before Bo-Kyung Kim drew Cardiff level for the 2nd time with a 91st minute header from Peter Whittingham’s corner. United had a chance to win the match before full time – Rooney’s unselfishness proved costly as his attempted pass to Danny Welbeck could only find Cardiff ‘keeper David Marshall. The draw means United drop down to 6th in the Barclays Premier League, meaning the Red Devils still haven’t been in the top three since their opening day victory over Swansea City.
Leverkusen moved up to 2nd place following their hard fought 1-0 away win to Hertha BSC in Berlin. Stefan Kießling’s 29th minute strike, coming as a result of the marginally offside Jens Hegeler’s through ball, proved to be the only goal of the match, giving Sami Hyypiä’s men their 10th win of the season.
With Robin Van Persie and Phil Jones doubts for Wednesday’s match with groin strains, and Michael Carrick unavailable with tendonitis in his achilles, United’s side is unlikely to be at full strength. The return of right back Rafael will boost the team’s confidence though, and we think they could hold Leverkusen to yet another draw at the BayArena.