Bayern braced for Gunners’ salvo
It’s all eyes on the Emirates Stadium in North London tomorrow when the defending Champions League title-holders Bayern Munich take on Arsenal in what promises to be a thrilling round of 16 encounter. The Bavarian giants are runaway leaders of the Bundesliga, in the semifinals of their domestic cup and, of course, have their eyes on becoming the first ever team to win Europe’s premier club competition in back-to-back seasons.
Coached by ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, Bayern have lost just one competitive game during the whole of the current season – their final Champions League group-stage encounter with Manchester City – but will arrive in London knowing that they will have to produce their best once again to get past an Arsenal team enjoying their best season in years. Fans across the world will be looking forward to an open game played by teams who love to attack. The Germans have racked up an impressive 59 goals in 21 Bundesliga encounters this season, but the strength of their defence is even more amazing: Germany international goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and his back four have conceded just 9 goals and Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger knows he will have his work cut out finding a way to goal over the two legs.
Last season saw this duo meet at the same stage of the competition, with the Germans cruising to a 3-1 win at the Emirates before suffering a surprise 2-0 loss at their own Allianz Arena in the second leg. Things could be close again this year, but the quality of Bayern’s squad should see them through in the end.
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CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football. Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.