With their Premier League record being far from impressive, it is very likely that Arsenal won’t get another chance to play in the Champions League next year. If they are to do the most of the chance they’ve got, they need to outshine Bayern Munchen in the double legged elimination round.
Match: Arsenal vs Bayern Munchen
Bet: Arsenal to Win or Draw
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.02
The hosts come after a disheartening defeat at home against Blackburn, but the result is not as surprising as it might seem, as Wenger chose to rest some key players. Walcott, Podolski and Cazorla are fit to play and are expected to feature upfront, which means that Arsenal will field a very offensive 4-3-3 formation. There is always the risk of such an offensive strategy to backfire, but the gunners need to win the first leg if they are to advance in the Champions League.
At a first glance, it might seem like Bayern has the better team but the Germans will try to secure qualification in the second leg played in Munchen. Tonight they start with Mandzukic upfront, but with Muller, Kroos and Ribery close behind him, the visitors’ offense packs quite a punch. Scoring a goal away from home is the main priority for Bayern who has won every single confrontation between the two teams in Munchen.
While this game could easily turn into a scoring festival, the high stakes and the fact that Arsenal is reluctant to come out firing from the first minute, makes the Over 2.5 bet a bit risky. Fortunately, the odds with Pinnacle Sports are better for Arsenal not to lose at home, something that never happened in the games played against Bayern Munchen.