Published on February 19th, 2014 | by Sportingly Better Tipster0
Arsenal v Bayern Munich – Betting Preview
Champions League Betting Tips
Arsenal (5.00) v Bayern Munich (1.72); Draw (4.00)
Champions League holders Bayern Munich will be looking to continue their march towards Lisbon, with a trip to London in the first leg of the knockout stages on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola’s side have lost just one of their opening 34 matches this season and the Bavarians remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga, after winning 19 of their opening 21 matches in the German top flight.
Wingers Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri are both missing through injury, but the return of Bastian Schweinsteiger is a big plus for the Germans.
Bayern have reached the Champions League final in three of the last four editions of the competition and this year’s record of five wins from six games in the group stages indicates that die FCB could go all the way again.
The treble winners have scored two or more goals in 10 of their last 11 matches in the Champions League, but the odds of 1.61 on the visitors scoring at least twice are likely to offer very little appeal to those betting tonight.
Hosts Arsenal will be without Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and the suspended Mikel Arteta, but winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has looked promising on his return from injury.
The Gunners picked up a morale-boosting victory against Liverpool in the FA Cup last time out, but Arsene Wenger’s side were average at best against Manchester United and were largely catastrophic against Liverpool in the two Premier League games before that.
Arsenal’s defending however has markedly improved this term, with the Gunners having kept 13 clean sheets in the last 21 games at home in all competitions. In fact the north London club has lost only once in the Premier League when Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have completed 90 minutes at the back together and you can test yourself with more of your club’s football knowledge in Ladbrokes latest football quiz on “How well do you know your team?“.
The hosts will need to be weary of Bayern’s movement and fluidity off the ball, a fact that may cause Mathieu Flamini to be over-run in the double pivot, given Jack Wilshere’s recent return from injury and overall fitness.
These two sides met at the same stage last year, with Bayern Munich coming away with a 3-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium and although Arsenal have improved since then, the gap to arguably Europe’s finest force still remains a step too far for the Gunners.
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