Manchester United will look to seal their passage into the knockout stages when they face Bayern Leverkusen tonight at the BayArena, as William Hill report their price of 6/1 for the Rooney to score/Man Utd to win is certainly attracting plenty of attention from punters.
David Moyes’ side currently sit top of the group with two wins and two draws from their four games to date and a win over the Bundesliga side would confirm their place in the next round with a game to spare.
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With a busy month ahead for United, Moyes will be hopeful of progressing without the need for final match day drama’s and that sentiment is backed up by defender Rio Ferdinand.
“We want to finish the job, get it done early so we can get back to the Premier League and have nothing else distracting us,” Ferdinand said.
“They’re a well-equipped team and it’s not going to be easy but we’re more than capable.”
The club are currently in the midst of a 10 game unbeaten run although they were denied a win on Sunday away to Cardiff when Kim Bo-Kyung headed an injury-time equaliser.
United will be without the suspended Marouane Fellaini following his late red card against Real Sociedad on match day four while Michael Carrick is a certain absentee with an Achilles injury.
Moyes could have defenders Nemanja Vidic (concussion) and Phil Jones (groin) back while forward Danny Welbeck came back from a knee injury when he came off the bench at Cardiff.
Leverkusen meanwhile have been dealt a massive blow ahead of the game following the news that inform forward Sidney Sam has been ruled out of the clash.
The German International suffered torn thigh muscle four minutes into the weekend win over Hertha Berlin and is set for a spell on the sidelines.
“His absence is very bad news for us,” said Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller. “This is the game of games for us in the Champions League so we have to give it our all even without Sam.”
2013 Professional Footballers Australia’s Player of the Year Robbie Kruse is likely to start with Heung-Min Son on the other wing.
Leverkusen are riding high at the present and their weekend win over Hertha Berlin propelled them t second in the table four points behind leaders Bayern, Sami Hyypia’s men are also in fine form in Europe and should they beat United it would be their 9th home win in a row.
The game has been overshadowed somewhat by the sad passing of Busby Babe Bill Foulkes. The 81 year old, a survivor of the Munich air disaster in 1952, passed away on Monday morning and United will offer their respects before the game to the club legend.