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David Moyes goes into his first Champions League group game as boss of Manchester Utd as his side face Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford.
Paddy Power have priced this one up as 8/11 for the home win, although plenty of support has come in for the away side as the Red Devils failed to impress in their win over Crystal Palace last weekend. Leverkusen fans will be hoping star striker Stefan Kiessling can continue his superb early season form and fire the Bundesliga side to victory – their price of 4/1 is sure to shorten come kick off.
Bayern go into their Group D clash against CSKA Moscow at odds of 1/5 favourite with Real Madrid also well backed to beat Turkish side Galatasaray.
Tues 19:45 Man Utd (8/11) Draw (11/4) Bayer Leverkusen (4/1)
Tues 19:45 Plzen (4) Draw (11/4) Man City (13/15)
Wed 19:45 Chelsea (4/11) Draw (19/4) Basel (11)
Wed 19:45 Marseille (2) Draw (12/5) Arsenal (8/5)
Arsenal will be hoping for some return as they make the trip to Marseille with Arsene Wenger’s side suddenly looking a more than capable side.
The introduction of Mesut Ozil and the continued success of Olivier Giroud up front has seen the Gunners receive plenty of plaudits, and with tricky looking ties away to Napoli and Champions League runners up Borussia Dortmund in the group there’s no doubt Wenger will be looking for the win.
The 8/5 looks more than worth a wager.
European giants Bayern Munich and Real Madrid headline the return of the Champions League itself as they look to record wins over much less fancied opposition.
Current holders Bayern Munich are one of the favourites to win the title for the second year running and will look to start their defence well by making short work of Russian side CSKA Moscow.
The German side, whose midfield had been hit by several injuries in the last couple of weeks, has been boosted by the return of Bastian Schweinsteiger who missed the side’s win over Hannover on Saturday.
Schweinsteiger’s return will no doubt be a boost to new manager Pep Guardiola as he looks to emulate the success he had whilst manager at Barcelona. Guardiola won 2 Champions league titles with Barca but is adamant he will take it steady with Bayern telling reporters: “First all of we want to survive the group stage and qualify for the knockout rounds. Then we can see what happens if we are into the last 16 or semi-finals. But it is too early to talk about it today.”
CSKA Moscow will be perhaps the fittest side in the Champions League having been in domestic action for the past two months and are unbeaten in their first 8 league games.
The Russian champions will also be looking to some of their more familiar personnel such as Keisuke Honda, Ahmed Musa and Seydou Doumbia to carry on their scintillating form over the last few games which has seen them score 11 goals in the first 8 games of the season.
It’ll be a similar story for Real Madrid who head to Turkey to face a Galatasaray side that has struggled somewhat this season for form.
Real seem to look more than comfortable with their new look attack as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are expecte to feature heavily in the Group B clash where Los Merengues are expected to dominate.
Alongside the appearance of their attacking superstars, Real’s defence will be boosted by the return of Alvaro Arbeloa for the first time this season meanwhile Diego Lopez is expected to start after earning the man of the match award in their weekend draw with Villareal.
Galatasaray will be calling on their star players such as Didier Drogba and Felipe Melo to try and help them get something from a game that many people don’t expect them to win.
With the Istanbul side only winning one of their first 4 games in the Turkish Super Lig, a lot of questions have been raised about how well the side would do in the group stages.
But with only Hamit Altintop and Jeffrey Bruma being major injury doubts, Galatasaray will certainly be able to give it their best shot no matter what the final outcome may be.