The return of the Champions League is upon us and Wednesday evening features another heavyweight clash between two perennial contestants of the knockout stages. Live on Sky Sports, Arsenal host Bayern Munich, and we have some free football betting tips for you.
After failing to secure the top spot in their group back in December, Arsenal paid the ultimate price in the draw for the last 16. Needing to dodge bullets like a scene from 'The Deer Hunter', Arsene Wenger had no such luck and his heart must have sank as the reigning champions popped out of the hat. Although The Gunners come off the back of a morale boosting victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup, anyone who saw that game would know that they certainly got off lightly thanks to some heroic goalkeeping and wasteful finishing from their opposition. They welcome a Bayern Munich side that are 16 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a record of 19 wins, 2 draws and no defeats. If this wasn't formidable enough, their goals against column still reads in single figures as well. Even though the German top flight lacks the depth of the Premier League, this achievement should not be taken lightly as Pep Guardiola's men have broke all kinds of records this year.
From a betting perspective, even with home advantage, Arsenal can be backed at odds as long as 4/1 and their opponents as short as 8/11. Whilst the German side are that good to warrant such a price, Arsene Wenger's men are not that weak to be saddled with theirs. It is not out of the question that a positive result could go the way of the English side. Nevertheless, Arsenal simply lack the firepower to outscore their opposition over the two legs so they will we desperate not to leak any away goals. Judging by the statistic that both teams have only conceded one first half goal apiece in this year's competition, William Hill are offering 15/4 on Draw/Bayern Munich and I see this as the best bet in terms of value for money.
Looking elsewhere, with an absolute plethora of attacking talent on show it would be impossible choose a standout player to pinch the first goal of the game. Although, Betfred's DDHH offer is certainly tempting with some of the favourites, an anytime scorer would be a safer alternative. Arjen Robben has the best goal to game ratio this year, and by a county mile, the highest record for shots per match as well. Despite this, he is fifth favourite to notch anytime. Back him at a very reasonable 2/1 with Betfred.
Finally, as many will remember the two teams met in the corresponding stage of the tournament last year, with Bayern running out winners by the skin of their teeth thanks to the away goals rule. Over these two games there were 17 (8,9) yellow cards! Based on this statistic and near identical teams, back there being six or more cards with William Hill at 4/1.
Bayern Munich v Arsenal Betting Tips and Predictions
Draw Half Time/Bayern Full Time – Bet Here at 15/4 with William Hill.
Arjen Robben to score anytime – Bet Here at 2/1 with Betfred.
Six or More Cards – Bet Here at 4/1 with William Hill.
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