Bayern vs Man Utd predictions: German champions to deepen Red Devils' gloom
- Bayern Munich won their first eight Champions League games last season
- Manchester United have lost six of their last nine away league matches
- Recommended bet: Over 2.5 Bayern Munich Goals at 11/8 with LiveScore Bet
Manchester United have endured a tough start to the season and they face a daunting trip to Bayern Munich on matchday one of their Champions League Group A campaign.
Back-to-back 3-1 Premier League defeats to Arsenal and Brighton have increased the heat on United manager Erik ten Hag and his squad, whose European hopes last season were ended by a 5-2 aggregate defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-finals.
Bayern went out in the last eight of the Champions League, losing 4-1 on aggregate to a dominant Manchester City side.
However, they had won their previous eight games, including doubles over Barcelona, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, and summer signing Harry Kane will be eager to impress against Wednesday's visitors from England.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer remains sidelined after breaking his leg in a skiing accident last December.
Sven Ulreich should continue in goal, while Joshua Kimmich, Dayot Upamecano and Jamal Musiala featured at the weekend after recovering from minor injuries.
Left-back Raphael Guerreiro, who arrived in the summer, is closing in on a return to action after a calf problem.
Manchester United are missing the injured Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and Kobbie Mainoo.
Mason Mount, Raphael Varane and summer signing Sofyan Amrabat will be assessed but wingers Antony and Jadon Sancho will not be involved.
All five of Bayern Munich's matches this season have featured over 2.5 goals and Kane has scored four goals in his first four Bundesliga appearances for Bayern.
Bayern won their first eight Champions League games last season, seven of them to nil.
Manchester United have lost their last two Premier League matches by a 3-1 scoreline.
Both teams have scored in nine of United's last 11 away games in the Champions League.
The Red Devils have lost six of their last nine away league matches.
Manchester United have lost three of their last four Premier League matches to Tottenham, Arsenal and Brighton and they were unconvincing in their wins over Wolves and Nottingham Forest, who lost 3-2 at Old Trafford after scoring twice in the first four minutes.
Bayern Munich's forwards will be looking forward to a crack at a disjointed United defence and backing Bayern to score over 2.5 goals could be a smart move.
They won all six of their Champions League group games last term, averaging three goals per game against Barca, Inter and Viktoria Plzen, and should be even more formidable with England captain Kane leading the line.
Thomas Tuchel's side needed a final-day slip-up from Borussia Dortmund to win an 11th straight Bundesliga title last term but they have scored 11 goals in their first four league matches of 2023-24 and should make a flying start to their European campaign.
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