The Champions League returns to action across Europe this week after the long International break and one of the stand-out fixtures with a Premier League context is Manchester United’s trip to the BayArena on Wednesday to face Bayer Leverkusen. Bayer Leverkusen are unbeaten at home since they were beaten 1-3 by Mainz on 21st September and with David Moyes’ United coming off a poor result over the weekend, the Germans start as the favourites. A win for Bayer Leverkusen will take them 2 points clear of Manchester United to the summit of Group A while an away victory will book United a place in the knockout round.
United beat Leverkusen 4-2 when they locked horns at Old Trafford earlier in the group stage. But the Red Devils are still well short of their best form, as the draw at Cardiff on Sunday proved, and Moyes’ record suggests that ‘Safety first’ will their approach come Wednesday night.