I still view the Allies with a slight adv b/c of the number of Round 1 attacks the Axis must do, particularly Egy.
As for bids, we didn’t use them in our tourney and the Allies are holding their own quite well. I think they are up a few games thru 23 games. It might be like 13-10 Allies right now.
In the League we do use bids, but that is also used to determine sides. A lot of times both players may bid 0 and just let sides be chosen at random.
I did just post a few stats in the League Forum (thru the first 12 completed) in the discussion thread and the Allies hold a 7 - 5 Adv in wins. Avg bid was 1.3, but 7 games were played with a 0 bid and 2 were played with a 1 bid.