iBet: Leverkusen’s Impressive Home Record Points To A Difficult Night For Moyes
Champions League, Group A
Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United, kick off 7.45pm, Sky Sports 2
Back Leverkusen in the draw no bet market at 8/11
Back Stefan Kiessling to score at any time at 19/10 (BetVictor)
Boylesports report support for Manchester United to win in Germany but I’m seeing this one the other way. Just a point separates these two teams in Group A but the bookmakers have United as short as 2/5 to win the group. However this game might decide it and the Germans could be value to nick top slot at 2/1.
Leverkusen have an enviable home record. They have lost only three of their last 43 matches at the Bay Arena, and only two of their last 16 European games, winning 11 of them. And while United may be starting to click, they are hardly in vintage form. David Moyes’ men have been pretty average away from home this season, winning only three of eight. They have drawn their last two Champions League away days but they have been leaky at the back at times – conceding at Swansea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Shakthtar, Sunderland, Fulham and Cardiff.
And this looks their toughest European fixture so far – Leverkusen have scored 26 goals in their nine home matches this season. Odds comparison website EasyOdds.com has Bet365 offering the best price about a United win at 11/5, with the draw around a 12/5 shot and Leverkusen 6/4.
There is an argument to suggest that the Germans should be shorter still, but I would like to keep the draw on my side and am prepared to take the 8/11 being offered by Coral in the draw no bet market. Stefan Kiessling has scored nine goals already this season and takes the penalties. He’s interesting in the first goalscorer market at 6/1 with Coral and BetVictor, but I’d rather take the value 19/10 about him scoring at any time with BetVictor (he’s as short as 5/4 in places).
Some reportedly hefty bets on Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas to be the next manager to go at 33/1 and then 16/1 have seen his price in the Premier League Sack Race market collapse since their mauling by Manchester City, and he’s now odds-on in places, with the best price at the time of writing the 11/10. Ladbrokes Alex Donohue said: “The money for AVB to get the boot has been non-stop since the full time whistle at the Etihad and we’ve had to take evasive action. Punters are convinced Levy’s patience may already have run out.”betting
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