With two matches remaining in the group stages of this season’s Champions League, this game between Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United is crucial in deciding which – if either – will top the group and get an easier draw in the next round. Read on for the latest betting odds, tips and analysis as we seek to pick some winning bets.

United are the only unbeaten side in Group A, and despite naysayers in the media suggesting they are struggling this season, it should be noted that they are on a nine-game unbeaten run that includes victory over Premier League leaders Arsenal. Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypiä will be all too aware that Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are hitting top form, but he will be hopeful his side can avenge the 4-2 defeat they suffered at Old Trafford in September to secure qualification to the next round.

The German side are currently third in the Bundesliga – behind last season’s Champions League finalists, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, and are unbeaten at home, winning six of their seven matches in front of their own fans. As such the betting odds for a Leverkusen win of 29/19 with Pinnacle are sure to tempt many. United are available at odds of 29/14 with the same bookie, while the draw – which is our pick for this one – is 12/5 with Bet365.

Though we think David Moyes’ men have the better striker force, they are still showing some signs of weakness at the back and we can’t see them stopping the hosts scoring. As is often the case when both sides could do with the win, they will probably have to settle for a draw, and that’s what we’ll be backing here, with 1-1 our preferred scoreline.


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