Arsenal v Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League
Emirates Stadium, London
Tuesday 19 February, 2013
It’s crunch time for Arsenal as they look to overcome defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup with a first leg lead over Bayern Munich. The German side are one of the form teams in Europe and seem to have wrapped up the German league title well before the end of the season.
Arsenal’s better performances in the league this season have come at home although they have still been a little inconsistent. They have seven wins, three draws and three defeats which proves they’re hardly formidable. However, they are the second highest scorers at home after Manchester United.
Kieran Gibbs is the only player definitely ruled out of this match as he is struggling with a bad thigh injury. Expect Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla to all return to the starting line-up of the side. Arsenal have no suspensions to worry about for this match.
If you think the Gunners can get any first leg lead then odds of 12/5 are available.
Bayern Munich Preview
Bayern Munich have been virtually perfect away from home in the Bundesliga. They have a solid record of ten wins and one draw from all matches so far this season. They have scored 27 goals away from home while conceding just a single goal, which is better than most other defences across Europe.
Injuries and Suspensions
Holger Badstuber will not play any further part this season after picking up a bad knee injury which means he’s out until the summer. Jerome Boateng is suspended for this match which means he won’t return to the Emirates Stadium. Otherwise everyone is fit and available for selection.
Bayern Munich are evens to win this match which is remarkable considering their recent form. Back these odds here: https://sports.bwin.com/en/sports/4/betting/football.
Arsenal v Bayern Munich Statistics
Arsenal finished second in their group behind Schalke thanks to three wins, one draw and two defeats from all group games. Arsenal scored ten goals during the group stage but conceded eight which is higher than they would have expected.
Bayern Munich strolled to qualification as they won their group via four wins, one draw and one defeat. They scored an impressively high tally of 15 goals while conceding seven.
Head to Head
The last time these sides met in North London, Arsenal ran out 1-0 winners in the 2004/2005 Champions League but went out over the two legs. The sides also drew 2-2 at Arsenal in the 2000/2001 tournament.
Arsenal go into this match on the back of a defeat to Blackburn in the FA Cup but they won their opening two league games of the month. They also went undefeated in their last three games of January including a 2-2 draw at home against Liverpool.
Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their last five matches, they have scored 16 goals in these five matches while conceding just two. The last time they lost a match was against Bayer Leverkusen at home at the end of October.
Arsenal v Bayern Munich Prediction
Arsenal have no other choice than to go for it and try to get themselves a cushion ahead of the second leg. However, they could really struggle against a solid defence and a deadly attack.
Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich
If you fancy the German side to win 2-1 then 15/2 is on offer from the bookies.