Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen Preview

September 15, 2013 | By

Betfred - £10 Free Bets No Deposit Required + £25 Matched BetUEFA Champions League action from Group  A on Tuesday night comes from Old Trafford Stadium and features Manchester United versus Bayer Leverkusen.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on ITV 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen Preview, Champions League, Tuesday 17th September 2013

Manchester United head into this game on tuesday night having had a reasonable start to their new season in the English Premiership which has seen new manager David Moyes’ side secure 7pts from their opening four games of which they have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 1.

A lot of people have predicted Manchester United to struggle this season under the guidance of their new manager and we have already seen signs of that from their opening four matches played in the Premiership and it will be extremely important for them to record a victory in this game against Bayer Leverkusen on tuesday night in front of their home fans.

Bayer Leverkusen head into the game having started their new campaign in the Bundesliga extremely well indeed having recorded 4 wins and just 1 defeat from their opening five matches played and those sort of results will have both the manager and players confident that they can frustrate their hosts on tuesday night and come away from the game with at least something to take back home with them.

Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen Team News

Manchester United Team News:

Manager David Moyes has a full squad to choose his starting eleven from with the only absentee being midfielder Darrent Fletcher who is still continuing to struggle with intestinal problems. Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie both scored at the weekend against Crystal Palace, so expect Moyes to stick with these two player leading the attack up front on tuesday night.

Bayer Leverkusen Team News:

Manager Sami Hypia who many reading this preview will remember from his days at Liverpool does have a couple of injury concerns for this game with midfielders Lars Bender (Hip) and Dominik Kohr (Knee) both unavailable as they continue to receive treatment for respective injuries.

Striker Stefan Kiessling who scored a brace at the weekend in the 3-1 win over Wolfsburg is expected to lead the attack up front with support coming from the midfield by Sidney Sam who has scored four times so far this season.

Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen Head to Head Statistics

12/11/02 UCL Manchester United – Bayer Leverkusen 2 : 0
23/09/02 UCL Bayer Leverkusen – Manchester United
1 : 2
29/04/02 UCL Bayer Leverkusen – Manchester United
1 : 1
23/04/02 UCL Manchester United – Bayer Leverkusen
2 : 2

Who Has The Advantage?

These two clubs have met each other on 4 previous occasions as we can see from the head to head statistics table shown above. Manchester United have a clear advantage from the results having won 2 and draw 2 with Bayer Leverkusen having failed to win any of those matches.

Average Goals Per Game?

11 goals have been scored during the previous 4 matches which gives us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.75 which suggests we should see at least a couple of goals find the net on tuesday night in the city of Manchester.

Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen Recent Form

Manchester United: W W D L W

Bayer Leverkusen: W W W L W

Bayer Leverkusen have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics shown above having won four of their last five games and losing just once. Manchester United have managed to win three of their last five matches with the other two games ending in a draw and a defeat.

Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen Match Betting Odds Market.

Manchester United haven’t been that impressive in their opening four games of the Premiership new season, but the online bookmakers still have them priced up as the clear odds on favourites to win this game on tuesday night with a current best price of 8/11 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) currently available which for me looks a bit short considering their opponents strong form.

The Draw will probably attract some interest in this game as with two of the last four games between the two sides having finished all square and Bayer Leverkusen in slightly the better form of the two sides, this could very easily end in a stalemate come tuesday night and at a current best price of 11/4 with Coral (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) this could be the value here.

Bayer Leverkusen will obviously fancy their chances here given their excellent start to their new season in the Bundesliga and at a current best price of 9/2 with Sky Bet (£10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers) they do look overpriced for me and certainly are not without a chance of causing an upset on tuesday night.

Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Most people will probably expect this game to be an easy victory for Manchester United, but I am not sure that it will as Bayer Leverkusen arrive here in excellent form, have strikers and midfielders scoring goals pretty much every game and with Sami Hypia as their manager who knows the English game inside and out I think the visitors could quite easily pull off a bit of a shock result here on tuesday night.

The goal stats suggest the game to see at least a couple of goals, so markets such as Both Teams to Score, Total Match Goals and Under/Over 2.5 Goals could be worth looking at in the hunt for additional value. The First Goal Scorer and Anytime Goal Scorer markets also look appealing as with both sides having players in a rich vien of scoring form at the moment the choice does become a lot easier.

An interesting game and one that I feel could have a very different result to what most people are expecting and as such I’m going to go for Sami Hypia’s side to return back to Germany with at least a point from this one.

The Verdict

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