It could get nastier than Game of Thrones for David Moyes if Manchester United get a hammering in Germany tonight (7.45pm).
The Red Devils’ season hinges on getting past the reigning Bundesliga and European Champions Bayern Munich and joining Chelsea and Real Madrid in the semi-finals.
United have to score to have any chance of advancing after the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Despite taking the lead in Manchester the visitors could be forced to park the bus in Munich if Bayern look to kill off the tie early on.
Meanwhile in the all-Spanish smash-up, La Liga leaders Athletico Madrid host Barcelona after another 1-1 draw at Camp Nou.
But punters wary of a mis-firing United and convinced that Barcelona can get the better of their Madrid rivals for the first time in five games, having latched onto Bayern Munich and Barcelona as Paddy Power puts the boot into the competition by going best price on both.
- Paddy Power have been best price on 70 per cent of Barcelona’s matches compared to William Hill (40 per cent) and Ladbrokes (20 per cent)
- Paddy Power have been best price on 60 per cent of Bayern Munich’s games compared to William Hill (10 per cent) and Ladbrokes 30 (per cent)
With some of Europe’s leading sharp-shooters – and Demba Ba – hitting the onion bag in Europe’s elite club competition – it could be a long night for the United and Atletico defences if Bayern and Barcelona hit their stride early.
United may have the best away record in the Premier League but they’ll need a European performance of their dominant years to advance here. Barca and Atletico have made four times this season and drawn each one. An injury suffered in the first leg against Barca could rob Atletico of their top striker Diego Costa who has bagged 33 goals this season.
Bayern’s Franc Ribery has scored first for his side in two games in this tournament giving punters an 88 per cent profit on him so far and is 6/1 to hit the net first against United. Meanwhile Lionel Messi is 4/1 to score first in the Spanish capital and add to his 20 goals against Atletico in his career.