Champions League Group F: Bruised Bayern seek Arsenal revenge
Lee Gormley | November 3, 2015
Bayern Munich v Arsenal
- Champions League
- Wednesday, November 4th
- Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
- Allianz Arena, Munich
- Live on BT Sport Europe
Bayern seek Gunners revenge on home soil
Dominant Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are out to avenge their previous Champions League Group F defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates as they welcome Arsene Wenger’s Gunners to the Allianz Arena, where they are yet to lose a competitive match this season.
Pep Guardiola’s Bavarians have stormed to the summit of the German top-flight table once again, opening a five-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, and will be aiming to extend their rampant home form against a visiting Arsenal side.
The hosts have emerged victorious from all seven games throughout all competitions so far this term, with four of those coming alongside a clean sheet, and Bayern are 7/5 with Coral to win to nil once again in their superior surroundings.
Giroud and Ozil to star again?
Wenger’s travelling Londoners made a miserable start to their European ventures, but a stunning 2-0 win against Bayern on home soil has injected a new lease of life into their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages this campaign.
Olivier Giroud came on as a late substitute to give Arsenal a second-half lead, despite having been pegged back by the German outfit’s dominant possession-play throughout, with World Cup-winning playmaker Mesut Ozil capping-off proceedings in injury-time. The aforementioned Frenchman is 8/1 to open the scoring again, while German attacker Ozil is 4/1 for another goal anytime in his homeland.
Gunners wary of wounded Munich
Although, Gunners defender Per Mertesacker has warned his teammates that they will be facing a wounded Bayern that will be seeking revenge on their own patch, after Arsenal inflicted their only season defeat so far in London.
“They will be wounded,” stated Mertesacker. “We were the first team to really challenge them and beat them.
“They will want to prove that they are better than us. But in their own stadium it will be a different game, they are outstanding in their league.”
Arsenal will hold no fear on their travels as they are unbeaten in their last two visits to Munich, with Wenger’s Gunners 12/1 to secure a vital victory with both teams scoring this time out, with a £20 max stake.
Lahm to the slaughter?
The visitors crucially need a solid result, in spite of their home heroics, as they currently occupy third position in Group F, with Bayern sitting comfortably at the summit of standings.
Despite dominating domestically, Guardiola’s position at the Allianz Arena has still been the topic of contrasting speculation, with talk of a departure and also a new contract being rumoured, but Philipp Lahm has dismissed any effect on his teammates.
“We have to work every day – because you cannot worry about what is happening with the coach at the end of the season,” declared the veteran Bayern versatility player.
“We are not angry after the first leg defeat. We are playing at home, it is a top game and we want to consolidate first place with a win. Arsenal are a top team with top individuals so we must show that we are the better team.
“It is important how we play. If we bring energy and concentration to the pitch, we will win the game.”
Lethal Lewandowski can inspire hosts
Prolific Poland international frontman Robert Lewandowski has enjoyed a remarkable campaign so far, netting an amazing 23 goals for club and country since August, including a Champions League hat-trick in September.
The Munich marksman is 5/4 to fire his club to a home triumph, with a £20 max stake, in his latest outing, while returning wideman Arjen Robben is 9/2 to net the game’s last goal on his possible European comeback.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s clinical Chilean Alexis Sanchez is 3/1 (£20 max) to get on the scoresheet anytime in this Bayern battle, as the visitors look to continue their Group F revival against the current leaders.
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