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Why Man City’s clash with Bayern Munich is set to be a thriller
The final round of Champions League group stage action is here - and Man City's tie against Bayern Munich is the pick of the bunch
The Tipster loves nothing more than a crucial round of Champions League group stage fixtures. With Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United yet to book their place in the last 16, fans all over England look set for a nail-biting 90 minutes this midweek.
But our resident betting expert is expecting no such nerves as he puts his feet up to enjoy a selection of quality match-ups that look set to net him a wad of cash.
Today’s offer: Open an account at bet365, deposit more than Â£10 – and get a free bet of up to Â£200 on us. Now, onto today’s top tips…
Over 2.5 goals in Manchester City v Bayern Munich – 7/10
It’s common knowledge that Roberto Mancini’s men need a win and other results to go their way if they are to book their place in the last 16. Bayern are already through and could rest key players but regardless of the XI they field, the Bundesliga side are likely to pose a threat. Cityâ€™s games have been full of goals recently and The Tipster expects more of the same on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium. Goals are definitely the bet in this one.
Under 2.5 goals in Basel v Manchester United – 43/40
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side need only a draw in Switzerland to secure their place in the next round. Both of United’s two away fixtures in Europe this season have finished with under 2.5 goals and with the Red Devils lacking fluency and cutting edge of late, Ferguson is likely to park the bus on Wednesday night.
Valencia’s Roberto Soldado to score at any time at Chelsea – 6/4
The Spaniard has been in excellent form this season with 14 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions. Valencia tried to rest him at the weekend ahead of this crucial clash but had to call on his services as he came off the bench to net the winner against Espanyol. Soldado also scored from the spot against Chelsea at the Mestalla in the away fixture. So, with Valencia needing a win to reach the last 16, Soldado to find the net at Stamford Bridge is the value in this game.
Olympiakos to beat Arsenal – 10/11
Olympiakos need a win and even then they must hope that other results go their way if they are to make the next round. The Gunners are likely to rest a host of key players with ArsÃ¨ne Wenger’s men already safely through as group winners. The Greek outfit were impressive in their victory over Marseille last time out and will clearly be desperate for a win on Tuesday. And against a weakened Arsenal, 10/11 are great odds.
The long shot: Mario Balotelli to score first against Bayern – 5/1
Is anything Mario Balotelli does a surprise these days? If you hadn’t seen his outrageous goal against Norwich City at the weekend but heard that one of Roberto Mancini’s men had casually shouldered a looping ball into the net and strutted off with a straight face, who else could be the man in question? Love him or loathe him, he is always a goal threat. He has scored in all but four of his 13 appearances for City this term, and The Tipster reckons he could well open the scoring on Wednesday at the Etihad. So, today’s ludicrous chip from inside the centre circle is for Balotelli to net the first goal in City’s clash with Bayern.
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