Don’t just back Bayern for Emirates win, expect them to do Arsenal double
Travelling approximately 800 miles for an away game may be expected to take a toll, but no jetlag has been on show in the last 12 months when Bayern Munich have made the flight to England.
Bayern have already played in England three times in the last year and have returned home with victory on each occasion.
This includes a visit to the Emirates Stadium in the last-16 of the Champions League last season and in the final of the competition when beating Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern are 8/11 to continue their winning record on English shores by beating Arsenal and Pep Guardiola has watched his team secure victory in nine successive games since a home defeat to Manchester City in December.
This result is a bit of an anomaly though, as Bayern have triumphed in 20 games in succession if this defeat to Man City is not included.
Bayern have also scored at least twice in nine consecutive away games and in their last two visits to Arsenal, they have left with 3-1 successes.
Another 3-1 Bayern victory can be backed at 12/1 in the Champions League odds, while it is 6/10 that the Bundesliga leaders score over 1.5 goals at the Emirates.
However, better than any of these recommended bets has to be the 6/5 that Bayern Munich win both legs against Arsenal, which will see Arsenal eliminated at the last-16 stage of the Champions League for the fourth season in a row.
It is getting midfielders beyond Olivier Giroud that is causing Arsenal the greatest problems, with Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla both at their best picking out key passes, rather than being on the receiving end of them.
With Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey in particular out, the Gunners have had this void and the obvious answer is to play Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a central role, which worked to good effect against Crystal Palace.
Lukas Podolski is another that is happy to run in behind and it has to be worth starting him against Bayern to offer an option of running in behind defenders.
In reality though, it is unlikely to make little difference as the best team with the best manager in world football prepare to descend on the Emirates.