European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Manchester United lock horns at the Allianz Arena for their opening Group A fixture in the Champions League on Wednesday night (20:00).
The two teams last met in a competitive fixture nine years ago when Bayern ran out 3-1 winners in a quarter-final second-leg tie, but perhaps the most famous meeting between the sides is the 1999 Champions League final, which sealed an iconic treble for the visitors.
Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich is a doubt, while Manuel Neuer, Kingsley Coman, Raphael Guerreiro and Tarek Buchmann all remain in the treatment room.
As for United, Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be out for several months with a hamstring injury according to reports, joining Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Mason Mount, Sofyan Amrabat, Tom Heaton, Amad Diallo and Kobbie Mainoo on the sidelines.
Bayern Munich to win and both teams to score @ 13/8
Each of the previous 11 meetings between Bayern and Man Utd have come in this competition – and the Bundesliga outfit have never lost at home to the Red Devils before.
United have lost 3-1 in their last two games, which have come against Arsenal and Brighton, and it’s difficult to see them avoiding the same fate against the German giants, with the form they’re currently in.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have only kept one clean sheet so far this season and their 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen last Friday night, perhaps suggests a blueprint United could follow to get some joy in this clash.
However, it is difficult to not side with Bayern here, given their European home record and the form United are in coming into this game.
Harry Kane to score 2+ @ 4/1
It feels almost inevitable that the former Spurs striker will get on the scoresheet on Wednesday night.
The England international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer, but ultimately ended up taking his talents to the Bundesliga.
Kane has made a fine start to life in Germany, scoring four goals in four league appearances, and he’s netted five times against United for Spurs, so I think he can take advantage against a vulnerable United defence here.