Tuesday brings us eight matches of the sixth round of the Champions League group stage, and at first glance, we see that the derby of the day is played at Old Trafford where Manchester United and Bayern Munich will cross swords. Once, the English and German giants decided the champion of Europe in their matches, but now the situation is such that United is playing to stay in the elite competition, with the note that even a victory does not guarantee Ten Hag’s men passage to the next phase, but more on that later. The start of the match between the two trophy-laden clubs is scheduled for 9 pm.
Manchester United: Is Another Nightmarish Season Looming?
Although Manchester United did not shine too brightly last season, the team achieved its primary goal, which was, of course, qualifying for the Champions League, automatically giving Ten Hag a passing grade. This season, fans of the former European champions had even higher ambitions, but as things stand now, this could be one of the weakest seasons for the team in recent years. Currently, one of the most trophy-laden European clubs is in sixth place in the table, six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City. So far, the English giant has played sixteen league matches, securing nine victories and suffering as many as seven losses, which is too much for a team that had championship ambitions at the start of the season.
In the last round, Manchester United again shocked their fans at home against Bournemouth, as the match at Old Trafford ended with a 0:3 score. Interestingly, before that, Ten Hag’s team defeated Chelsea in a major English football derby (2:1), although it must be realistically stated that Chelsea is also playing disastrously in the current course of the championship, as evidenced by their current twelfth place in the table.
Worst of all, United finds itself on the brink of elimination from this year’s edition of the Champions League, as the English representative is currently in the last place in the table with four points, and nothing more depends on them. Copenhagen and Galatasaray, currently sharing second place, have one more point than Manchester, and if one of these two teams wins their head-to-head match in the last round, even a victory against Bayern Munich will not be enough for the English team.
In the five matches played, Ten Hag’s men have achieved only one victory, at their stadium against Copenhagen (1:0), one draw, and three losses. In the last round, Manchester United led 1:3 in their visit to Galatasaray and practically had everything in their hands, but then the Turkish representative shifted gears and managed to secure a very important point, which might be crucial for the fight to advance to the knockout phase.
In the two home matches in this year’s Champions League, United achieved one victory but also suffered a loss against Galatasaray, while in the top tier of English football, the team has played nine matches at Old Trafford so far, securing five victories and suffering four losses.
Finally, for this duel against the German giant, Ten Hag will not be able to count on Casemiro, Eriksen, Diallo, Lindelof, Malacia, Martinez, Mount, and Sancho.
Bayern Munich: Heavy Defeat in the League Against Eintracht!
Last season, Bayern Munich clinched their eleventh consecutive German championship title, this time in the final round, following a victory in their visit to Cologne, and also after Borussia Dortmund’s shocking draw at their stadium against Mainz. Last summer, Bayern decided to build a team capable of competing for the European championship title, thus Harry Kane became the new player of the German giant, arriving from Tottenham, and let’s not forget the arrival of Kim from Napoli, who was named the best defender in the Italian league last season.
Of course, the goals remain unchanged: trophies in all possible competitions, but unfortunately, Bayern has already missed out on one. You guessed it, it’s the German Cup where the team was eliminated by a lower-league team for the second year in a row, this time by third-division Saarbrücken. In the German league so far, the team led by Thomas Tuchel has played thirteen matches, achieving ten victories, two draws, and one loss, which happened in the last round in their visit to Eintracht Frankfurt, where the soon-to-be Europa League winner demolished the Bavarians with a 5:1 score, certainly setting off a red alarm in Munich.
Luckily, the first-placed Leverkusen drew in their visit to Stuttgart, so the lead of the Pharmacists is currently just four points, with a note that Bayern has one game less. It should be mentioned that Tuchel’s men are facing a tough duel against Stuttgart this weekend, who are the most pleasant surprise of the season so far, currently in third place.
As for the Champions League, things are certainly going according to plan, as the German representative has long secured the first position and advancement to the knockout phase. So far, the current German champion has played five matches in the elite competition, achieving four victories and one draw, which happened in the last round at home against Copenhagen, when unexpectedly there was no winner, nor goals.
Before that, Bayern Munich played two matches against Galatasaray, and despite two victories, it should be said that the Turkish representative was at least an equal rival in those duels. Finally, regarding absences, Thomas Tuchel for this sixth round match of the Champions League will not be able to count on Gnabry, Buhmann, De Ligt, Marušić, and Sara, and it’s very likely that the German expert will rotate quite a bit for this encounter against United, since the first place in the Champions League is already secured, and as we mentioned, the team from Munich is expecting a tough duel against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga this weekend.
Our Betting Suggestions
Manchester United doesn’t have much choice, as the English representative must go all in, with another reminder that even a victory does not guarantee progression to the next phase for the English team. On top of that, it should be noted that Bayern has long secured the first place in this group, and it’s very likely that Thomas Tuchel will rest his best players since the Bavarians are facing a tough match in the Bundesliga against the impressive Stuttgart this weekend. Therefore, we suggest you try a bet on a home team win (fr 1), for which the bookmaker Mozzartbet has prepared an odds of 2.80.
Interestingly, the host has conceded as many as fourteen goals in this year’s edition of the Champions League, while Bayern, no matter what lineup they field – the philosophy is clear, which is to play for one more goal. Therefore, it seems likely that a very efficient duel awaits us at Old Trafford, which is why we boldly recommend you to play the over 3.5 goals bet with odds of 2.00 at Mozzartbet.