A mouth-watering tie in the Champions League quarter-final first leg pits English champions Manchester City against reigning German champions Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium. A matchup worthy of the final, the team that advances from this tie will be the team to beat going forward. The oddsmakers still have Manchester City and Bayern Munich as the number one and two favorites, respectively, to lift the Champions League despite facing off here. Man City easily disposed of RB Leipzig in the round of 16 thanks to a 7-0 thrashing at this ground in the return leg. Bayern advanced at the expense of PSG thanks to a 1-0 win in Paris followed up by a 2-0 win in Munich.
Manchester City come into this fixture as the favorites to get the win in large part due to their scintillating form in the last month. Pep Guardiola’s side have now won eight mathces on the trot across all competitions, amassing an awe-inspiring 31 goals during that stretch while conceding just three. In the last four matches alone, the Citiziens have banged in 21 goals for an average of 5.25 scored per match. Man City are coming off back-to-back 4-1 wins, the first at home against Liverpool and the most recent taking place at St. Mary’s against Southampton on Saturday.
On the other side, Bayern are faced with an unenviable task of trying to slowdown this Manchester City freight train. However, the Germans certainly have the Champions League pedigree and shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the moment. The recent news around Bayern has of course has been the sacking of former manager Julian Nagelsmann following the team’s defeat to Leverkusen in the Bundesliga in March. Der FCB would bring in fellow German and former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to take over the team. The 49-year-old manager famously got the better of Guardiola when his Chelsea side overcame Manchester City by a score of 1-0 in the final of this competition in 2021. Tuchel has only been in charge for three matches so far, overseeing two wins and a loss. Bayern’s last outing resulted in a 1-0 away win over fifth-place Frieburg.
This should be a fine spectacle with these two giants of European football facing off. Manchester City have looked almost faultless lately but this is going to be a real test for Guardiola’s men. As we look for where the value lies in these betting lines, the oddsmakers are likely overcorrecting due to Man City’s remarkable recent run while Bayern could be viewed as something of an unknown commodity given their recent managerial change. With that being said, Tuchel is a proven coach with history against Guardiola. At such a good price and with the way that Bayern have performed in this competition so far this year, we’re backing the Germans to get a result at the Etihad. Our Manchester City vs Bayern Munich prediction: Bayern double chance