Arsenal will need to be at their best to end record-breaking Bayern Munich’s winning run
Since the turn of the century, Arsenal have been pretty much a permanent fixture in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Of course, they’ve flattered to deceive more often than not but Gooners have never really entertained thoughts that they wouldn’t have European football to look forward to in the New Year.
This season, however, they Gunners will have to surpass anything they’ve achieved previously having given everyone a head start. Shock back-to-back defeats by Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos have left Arsene Wengers’s team glued to the bottom of Group F and facing the reality that anything less than three points from their upcoming head-to-heads against Bayern Munich will probably mean an unexpected early exit for the competition.
Arsene Wenger must take some of the blame for Arsenal’s predicament. He decided to rest the vastly-experienced Petr Cech against Olympiakos and his stand-in David Ospina had a night to forget. Of course, there is always the temptation to give key players a rest when possible given the schedule for the Premier League’s big clubs. But goalkeepers are hardly likely to suffer the same burn-out as outfield players.
Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen at the Wesestadion was a ninth straight victory in the Bundeliga – a new record. They’ve conceded just four times in those nine matches and are well on their way to yet another title having already opened up a seven-point gap on nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund.
The Bavarians have been just as impressive in Champions League, beating both Olympiakos and Zagreb without conceding a goal. From goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to red-hot striker Robert Lewandowski, Pep Guardiola’s team are an impressive outfit and won 2-0 at the Emirates in the knockout stages last year.
It’s very rare that we’ll offer Arsenal at 11/4 to win any home match in our Full Time Result betting but the German champions are an almost irresistible force at present. They will lose a game at some point, however, and Arsenal will give them plenty to think about. However, if you fancy Bayern to win again we are offering 5/6 for an away win.
Arsenal are 10/11 in out Handicap betting getting a goal start and 29/20 to score 1 in our Goal Home Team market.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, October 20th at the Emirates
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