Bayern Munich vs Arsenal
UEFA Champions League
15th February 2017, 19:45 pm (GMT)
Allianz Arena, Munich.
Finish first in your Champions League group, they said. You’ll get an easier draw in the Round of 16, they said. Arsenal did everything in their power to do just that; they went to Basel knowing that they had to better PSG’s result against Ludogorets to top Group A. They did just that: beating the Swiss side 4-1 as the French champions floundered against their Bulgarian opposition.
Arsenal’s reward? A tie with Bayern Munich. Doh!
That backfired then, as the German side’s 2-3 defeat to Rostov ultimately cost them top spot in Group D.
1. Betting Odds - The Bookies Choice
The good news for supporters of the Gunners is that this, perhaps, isn’t a vintage Bayern Munich side; they have already tasted defeat three times in all competitions this term, and while they still top the Bundesliga their performances haven’t always been that impressive.
Arsene Wenger can also take heart in the fact that his side have an okay record against the Germans in recent years; even if their last meeting was a 1-5 humbling in the Allianz Arena.
So can Arsenal spring a huge surprise on February 15?
There’s no surprises for guessing who the bookmakers have made their favourite for this match; bet365 are an industry-best 1.45 on a Bayern victory in this first leg.
Fans of Arsenal – and optimists – can back the Gunners at 7.00 with the same bookmaker, while the draw is available at 4.50.
2. Bayern vs Arsenal Betting Tips - Where the Money Is?
Perhaps the key to this tie as a whole, and certainly this first leg, is just how good Bayern Munich are at knockout football. Without wanting to reinforce national stereotypes, the German international team has developed a reputation for progressing to the business end of major tournaments, and that magic appears to have rubbed off on the Munich side.
In the past five seasons, their minimum performance in the Champions League is reaching the semi-finals, with a win and a loss in two finals in 2012 and 2013.
That is the formidable task awaiting Arsenal then, and this is a team remember that has not progressed past the Round of 16 stage since the 2009/10 season; which you don’t need us to tell you is a pretty long time.
It seems, historically, as though the Gunners peak in the group stage of the Champions League; at which point Bayern are only just getting started.
But we can offer Arsenal minimal hope, in that when Bayern have met quality sides this season, the results have spoken for themselves: defeat to Atletico Madrid and Dortmund, plus one-goal victories over Atletico, PSV and Bayer Leverkusen. So, let’s support Arsenal by backing them with a +1.25 Asian Handicap at 1.75.
What we do know is that neither of these teams will go quietly. Combined, 8/12 of their Champions League matches witnessed three or more goals, and we can expect the same here. We’ll be backing Both Teams to Score at 1.75.
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