United 4/1 to oust Bayern

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: March 21 2014, 12:35 GMT

Manchester United are out at 4/1 to knock holders Bayern Munich out of the Champions League after being drawn against them in the quarter-finals.

Bayern Munich: Just 1/6 to see off Manchester United
Bayern Munich: Just 1/6 to see off Manchester United

It was regarded by the bookies as the worst possible draw for United, who were pushed out to 33/1 in the outright market.

Coral quickly priced up the last-eight tie, which will take place next month, and made United 4/1 shots, with Bayern 1/6 to progress to the last four. Boylesports also put United up at 4s. The repeat of the 1999 final famously won by United thanks to two late goals frankly looks a bit of a mis-match given the prices.

Having endured a miserable season so far - David Moyes' men sit seventh in the Premier League table at present - United stumbled past Olympiacos in the last 16, although a memorable 3-0 win on Tuesday night saw then reverse a 2-0 first-leg deficit.

David Stevens, of Coral, said: "There was never going to be an easy draw for Manchester United but facing the reigning champions is as tough as it gets."

Chelsea drew Paris Saint-Germain and that, in contrast to the United tie, was too close to call. Coral and Boylesports made it a pick 'em affair, offering 10/11 each of two. Sky Bet sided with the English side though, making them slight favourites at 4/5.

In the outright betting, a clear picture quickly emerged with the top three in the market all being cut after avoiding each other in what was a free draw.

Favourites Bayern, 2/1 before the balls were pulled out in Nyon, hardened to a best of 15/8 (Ladbrokes) after drawing United. They are looking to become the first European champions to defend their crown since the Champions League format was introduced in 1992.

Real Madrid were shortened from 4/1 to 7/2 after being paired with Borussia Dortmund. That will be a repeat of last season's semi-final, won 4-3 by the Germans.

QF draw

Barcelona v At Madrid
R Madrid v B Dortmund
PSG v Chelsea
Man Utd v B Munich

Barcelona were also trimmed by several firms although others were still prepared to offer their pre-draw price of 4/1. They will play Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid, who currently sit a point ahead of them in the domestic table.

BetVictor were prepared to offer 2012 winners Chelsea at 14/1, slightly longer than PSG who are no bigger than 12/1.

Having drawn the fancied sides, Atletico and Dortmund were, like United, pushed out for glory in Lisbon on May 24.

They can now be backed at 20/1 and 33/1 respectively.

In some of the specials markets, BetVictor made an all-English final a 100/1 chance.

Sky Bet and BetVictor cut Chelsea to 2/5 to be the furthest progressing English side with United 7/4 shots.

The latter firm also offered 6/1 about both English teams reaching the semi-finals, while it was 9/1 about one of them lifting the trophy in May.

With the three Spanish teams having avoided each other in the draw, several firms went odds-on about one of them emerging victorious. youwin went a best price of 21/20.

  • Posted at 1145 GMT & updated at 1235 GMT on 20/03/2014.