The UEFA Champions League quarter finals see a mouthwatering clash between Bayern Munich and Arsenal, two clubs were paired together for the fourth time in five seasons. Who will win the first leg at the Allianz Arena? Don't miss our Bayern Munich v Arsenal betting preview with predictions, betting tips, starting line-ups, team news, best odds, bookmakers promotions and no deposit free bets on this match.
BAYERN MUNICH v ARSENAL BETTING PREVIEW
Bayern Munich have not lost a competitive game at home so far this season and have won each of their last 15 home matches in the Champions League. Their last defeat was their shock 3-2 loss at Rostov in November, and since then they have won 11 and drawn one of their 12 games in all competitions. The Bavarians, who comfortably top the Bundesliga table with 7 points adavantage over RB Leipzig, finished 2nd in their Champions League group, three points behind Atletico Madrid.
Xabi Alonso is expected to recover in time to start after picking up a knee injury in training while Frank Ribery and Jerome Boateng will miss the match through injury. Douglas Costa and Thomas Muller are in contention for a starting berth on the left of the front three while Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski look sure to play. In midfield, Arturo Vidal and Joshua Kimmich are also in competition for a place.
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Arsenal come into this match out of form having struggled to beat Hull City at the weekend and having previously lost back to back matches before that - 1:2 at home against Watford and 3-1 away at Chelsea. As a result, the North London club currently sit 3rd in the Premier League standings, level on points with Tottenham and 12 points behind Chelsea. Despite Arsenal losing three of their last seven away games, their attacking ability hasn’t faltered. They have scored in each of their last 17 away games in all competitions.
David Ospina is set to replace Petr Cech in goal as always happened in Champions League this season. Mesut Ozil's form has tailed off dramatically and the German could be benched with Alex Iwobi and Olivier Giroud both pushing for a start. Theo Walcott looks sure to feature from the off while Alexis Sanchez should play as central forward. In midifeld, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny should get the nod as Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsery are sidelined.
The Gunners were hammered 5-1 the last time they visited the Allianz Arena and were eliminated by Bayern in the last-16 in 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons. So is this the year Arsenal finally get the better of the German giants, or will it be a seventh straight last-16 exit for Arsene Wenger’s side?
BAYERN MUNICH v ARSENAL PROBABLE LINEUPS
Bayern Munich (4-3-3): Neuer; Lahm, Alaba, Martinez, Hummels; Alonso, Vidal, Alcantara; Robben, Muller, Lewandowski
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Elneny; Walcott, Ozil, Welbeck; Sanchez
BAYERN MUNICH v ARSENAL ODDS
|BAYERN MUNICH||8.00 with||Bet £10, win £80.00|
|THE DRAW||4.75 with||Bet £10, win £47.50|
|ARSENAL||21.00 with||Bet £10, win £210.00|
BAYERN MUNICH v ARSENAL PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Bayern to win||8.00|
|2-0 Correct Score||8.50|
|Under 2.5 goals||2.35|
|Arjen Robben anytime goalscorer||2.60|
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