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Champions League

Bayern Munich v Arsenal Betting Preview

Odds correct as of 14th February 9:30 UK time

Champions League Round of 16 First Leg
Who: Bayern Munich v Arsenal
When: Wednesday 15th February, 19.45 UK time
Live on: BT Sport

Bayern Munich and Arsenal meet in Champions League action for the fourth time in five seasons with the German team winning the most recent encounter 5-1 at the Allianz Stadium during November 2015.

Although Bayern Munich comfortably lead the German Bundesliga once again, they have not produced their best form since the winter break and beat Inglostadt 2-0 at the weekend via two very late goals. Otherwise, they have not won a competitive match this year by more than a one goal margin and drew 1-1 with Schalke in their latest league game on home soil. Odds of 1.50 are available for Bayern to claim a first leg lead from this encounter but a single goal margin of victory for the Bavarian team is offered at 3.75.

As ever, Robert Lewandowski is expected to be the main goal threat in the Bayern team and he has claimed three goals in four matches this year besides opening the scoring against Schalke. The Polish striker is quoted at 3.50 to be First Goalscorer on Wednesday and 2.00 to net in a home victory.

Dutchman Arjen Robben is available at 2.38 to strike a goal in this match after netting twice in Bundesliga action during 2017 while Thomas Muller is priced at 2.38 to feature on the score sheet. Muller has struggled for goals this term but claimed a brace during that 5-1 win against Arsenal.

Ahead of their visit to Munich, Arsenal have been the subject of much criticism in recent weeks due to their two successive Premier League defeats prior to beating Hull 2-0 at the Emirates on Saturday. Yet the Gunners were unbeaten during the group stages of this season’s Champions League tournament which included two away victories, and they can be backed at 1.50 to win this first leg. Odds of 41.00 are also being quoted on Arsenal repeating their 2-0 win at Bayern Munich during March 2013.

Olivier Giroud netted for the Gunners that evening and he is offered at 8.00 to claim a goal in another away victory plus 3.25 for just finding the net while Mesut Ozil can be backed at 4.50 to score his fifth Champions League goal this term.

Alexis Sanchez also scored in two of the group games and netted both goals for Arsenal at the weekend with odds of 8.00 available for the Chilean international to become First Goalscorer and 3.25 just to strike a goal in Munich.

Arsenal have scored in every competitive away match since the beginning of September and are priced at 6.00 to score exactly 1 goal in this game plus 1.17 for netting more than 1.5 goals. The Gunners can also be backed at 9.00 to win via one clear goal with Bayern priced at 3.25 to net twice for the fourth time since their winter break. Furthermore, no Bayern Munich match has featured more than three goals this year and exactly 3 netted on Wednesday is offered at 4.00.

Other Available Bets:

A draw is 4.33.
A score draw is 5.50.
A 0-0 draw is 15.00.
Robert Lewandowski scoring first in 1-0 and 2-1 victories for Bayern Munich are both 16.00.
Alexis Sanchez netting first in 1-0 and 2-1 Arsenal wins are both 91.00.

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