Group D Champions League : Latest Man City Bayern Munich odds suggest value for home win

The latest Man City Bayern Munich odds as Bet365 report their stand out price of 23/10 is attracting plenty of attention in the betting on tonights game.

Manchester City will aim to put their shock defeat to Aston Villa behind the when they face the current Champions League holders Bayern Munich at the Etihad tonight, and its very rarely that we see Aguero and co at that sort of price to win at home, regardless of who their opponents are.

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Manuel Pellegrini’s men let slip a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 on the weekend, a result that saw them drop to 7th in the latest standings however despite their inconsistent start to the Premier League they remain a formidable prospect at home and are currently unbeaten in their last 20 home games in Europe.

Wednesday’s game will be the third time in two years that the teams have met in Europe and City will hope to emulate their 2-0 win last time out. To do that, Pellegrini will have achieved something he never managed as manager of Villareal, Real Madrid or Malaga; beat Pep Guardiola.

Should the Chilean’s overcome his poor record then it will put City in control of the group and put them on course to secure their place in the knock out stages for the first time.

Pellegrini has an almost fully fit squad with Martin Demichelis (knee) the only absentee. Sergio Aguero should be fit to start after missing the clash with Villa.

Bayern, who have already beaten English opposition this season after overcoming Chelsea in the Super Cup, claimed their European title at Wembley and despite not being as fluid as they were at the end of last season have still managed to win 6 and draw one of their opening 7 games.

Guardiola’s men currently sit second in the table with only goal difference separating them from leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Mario Gotze could make his Champions League debut for Munich. The German star has recovered from an ankle injury and is tipped to feature however Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez both remain sidelined.

In the group’s other game, Viktoria Plzen will head into unchartered water when they travel to Russia for the first time in European competition on Wednesday to face CSKA Moscow.

Both sides lost 3-0 on the opening night and with the game set to played on the neutral location of Zenit St Petersburg’s home ground Petrovsky Stadium due to the state of the pitch at CSKA’s Arena Khimki the Czech’s will be hopeful of adding to their fine recent run of form on the road in Europe.

Plezen, currently second in the Czech league and unbeaten in 10 league games, have won 5 and drawn two of their last 7 away games but they will have to continue their impressive run without David Limbersky after he injured his thigh in the 2-1 win over Vysocina Jihlava at the weekend.

Radim Reznik made his return from injury in that game and should return.

CSKA meanwhile will be without Aleksandrs Cauna due to a fractured toe while Alan Dzagoev and Seydou Doumbia are both rated as doubtful for the clash.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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