Suggesting that Manchester United must start well against FC Bayern Munchen at the Allianz Arena may seem like news.bwin.com/en/’s entry for the annual stating the bleeding obvious awards.
However, given Josep Guardiola’s troops have harvested the lion’s share of their match goals in the second half of eight of their last nine Champions League outings, it’s worth underlining.
It’s a factoid that’s unlikely to have escaped the highlighter treatment in David Moyes’ notebook either, because striking early has been a hallmark of the Red Devils’ recent away victories.
Those already among the brotherhood of bwinners can invest in United at a juicy 15/4 to net the opener during the first half, just as they have done in their last three tests beyond the confines of Old Trafford.
Wins at West Brom, West Ham and Newcastle have each seen them make the first post on the bugle before the 40th minute.
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Despite, or perhaps because of FC Bayern’s irresistible attacking powers, they have allowed four of their last eight opponents to draw first blood, with three of those wake-up calls issued before the interval.
United were themselves among the culprits in the tie’s first leg at the Theatre of Dreams, meaning FCB, thanks equally to the exploits of Hoffenheim and Augsburg, have now gone behind in their last three games in succession.
Nemanja Vidic was the Red Devils’ deadlock buster in Manchester and, given the likelihood they could be under the cosh for long periods in Bavaria, he could be worth a speculative tickle in the first-scorer market at a motley 33/1.
Fellow defender Phil Jones may have bagged a first-half opener at the Hawthorns, but with Rio Ferdinand likely to start ahead of him it makes most sense to back the Serb, who averages a goal every 15 appearances for his employers.