Opta Big Match Stats: Munich goal-fest awaits Man City

Joe Hart will have lots of chances to shine against Bayern Munich

After weighing up the Opta stats, Lewis Jones foresees goals, goals and more goals in this tantalising Group D encounter...

"Man City have failed to score in just two of their 17 Champions League games."
Best Bet: Back both teams to score @ 1.684/6

Joe Hart has kept just one clean sheet in his last 10 Champions League appearances for Man City
The under-pressure England goalkeeper will be handed some much-needed game time for this heavyweight clash. City's boss Manuel Pellegrini has already stated that the recent benchwarmer will come in for current first-choice Costel Pantilimon, who replaced Hart after a serious of blunders, most notably one in the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in October. The England stopper looks set for a busy night in Munich facing up against a team that have bagged 20 times in their last six games, including seven in their last match away in Werder Bremen. City have only kept three clean sheets on the road in 11 games across all competitions and have shipped eight in their last four Champions League fixtures. That rate of concession should continue.
Recommended Bet: Back Bayern Munich to score two or more goals @ 1.528/15

Man City have failed to score in just two of their 17 Champions League games
The Citizens have scored in 90 minutes in all but three of their 22 matches in all competitions and it would be a bit of surprise if Bayern can keep tabs on the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Alvaro Negredo, who has scored five goals in five Champions League games for City. Pellegrini has also been speaking about how he won't change the 4-4-2 formation that was ripped to bits in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium, where Bayern romped to a 3-1 win. If sticking to his word and employing the same tactics, this scoreline could end up being anything.
Best Bet: Back both teams to score @ 1.684/6

Apart from David Beckham, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery are the only players in Champions League history to win 11 matches in a row
French winger Ribery, who has scored three goals in the Champions League this term, breaking deadlocks twice, has the chance to remind the bigwigs at FIFA of his credentials after making the final three, along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, for the 2013 Ballon d'Or. He scored first at the Etihad in that 3-1 Bayern breeze and was a constant pest when he drifted in off his wing.
Recommended Bet: Back Franck Ribery to score first @ 7.06/1

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