Arsenal vs Bayern Munich: Back the Gunners with Bet365 as Arsene Wenger's Champions League dream nears its end
March 05, 2017
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal host German giants Bayern Munich, 5-1 down from the first leg and facing their inevitable annual last 16 Champions League exit – a feeling the Frenchman knows only too well in the European elite against the high-powered Bavarian machinery, who have eliminated them at this stage in 2004/05, 2012/13 and 2013/14.
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While Bayern have racked up 20 goals in their last five games, Arsenal are in disarray. Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League defeat at Liverpool, plunged the Gunners out of the top four and in real danger of missing out on the Champions League qualification for the first time in over 20 years. Wenger’s decision to banish his best player Alexis Sanchez to the bench for the first half at Anfield, suggests all is not well at the Emirates.
But Arsenal can save some face with a decent performance against the German champions in what is basically a “dead rubber” after the Munich meeting. Treble-seeking Bayern are virtually unbeatable at home (a tournament record 16 consecutive wins at their Munich fortress), but they aren’t so slick on the road — winning only three out of their last 13, losing seven of those — including defeats already this campaigns’ group stages at Atletico Madrid and, more worryingly, competition newcomers Rostov. Also, Bayern have failed to win any of their last eight knockout games away from home (D4 L4) since beating Arsenal back in 2014.
Arsenal beat Bayern 2-0 in North London in last term’s group stages thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil. And the misfiring Gunners will hope their German international recovers from an untimely bout of flu to greet many of his German World Cup winning colleagues like Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller.
With qualification virtually in the bag, Bayern’s Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti may choose to rest a few of his stars and give his squad players a run out. Captain Philipp Lahm is suspended for the game after cleverly picking up a booking late on in Munich. Boasting such a strong advantage, Bayern simply don’t have to win this game to progress, so odds across the board of 13-10 on a Bayern win don’t really appeal.
The first leg in Munich was tied at half time 1-1 before the Bavarians ran rampant in the second half with four goals, inflicting the Gunners’ joint heaviest European defeat ever.
In London, it would be wise to keep the draw over 90 minutes onside too at odds of 143-50 with Marathon bet, while the same company offer a standout 43-20 on an Arsenal win on the night. This may be stretching it a bit against buoyant Bayern but this time around, I fancy a tight game until the break, and with the German side certain of qualification, letting their guard slip slightly allowing a more motivated Arsenal to snatch a lead late in the second half. Therefore, DRAW HT and an Arsenal win – 67-10 with 188bet, and an Arsenal 1-0 success catch the eye (14-1 with bet365). Alexis Sanchez (5-1 skybet) is a decent shout for the 1st goal. The Chilean international was head and shoulders above any Arsenal player in Munich and could make the difference in this lost cause in London, in what may prove to be his last game for the Gunners in European competition.