English Premier League co-leaders Arsenal travel to Germany this week to take on Bundesliga leaders and reigning champions Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. The European Champions League Group F match takes place on Wednesday, November 4 and comes two weeks after Arsenal downed Bayern 2-0 in London. It was a must-win for the Gunners since they started the 2015/16 Champions League campaign with two straight losses while Bayern won their first two.
Bayern Munich vs Arsenal – bet365 SOCCER BETTING LINE:
- bet 365 currently lists Bayern Munich as the favorites at 2/5 with Arsenal 7/1 and a draw at 17/4
Bayern Munich vs Arsenal – Head to Head
- Overall, Arsenal has now met Bayern Munich nine times in the past. They’ve won three, lost four and drawn the other two and have been outscored 12-10. Arsenal’s last victory before this year’s Champions League tournament came in March of 2013 when they surprised Bayern 2-0 in Munich. In the same competition. Arsenal hasn’t lost in their past two trips to Munich with a win and a draw.
Bayern Munich has won 16 of their past 18 games in all competitions and had no problem beating fellow Group G clubs Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos, who both managed to beat Arsenal. However, they ran into a roadblock at the Emirates Stadium when Arsenal shut them out. Bayern had beaten Zagreb and Olympiakos by a combined score of 8-0 before heading to England and had scored at least five goals in four of their prior 12 matches. In addition, they left London with victories the last two times they visited Arsenal in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 Champions League campaigns.
Bayern Munich leads Group F with six points from two wins and a draw while scoring eight goals and allowing two against. Olympiakos of Greece also has six points, but Bayern has a better goal differential and head-to-head record. Arsenal occupies third spot with a win and two losses for three points. They’ve scored five times and conceded five. Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb sits in the basement with three points.
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has led his side to Bundesliga championships in his first two seasons at the club, but has been knocked out of the Champions League competition at the semifinal stage in both of those years. Guardiola has his team firing on all cylinders so far this year even though the squad has been hit hard by injuries. Some of the team’s top players have been sidelined such as Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Kingsley Coman, Jan Kirchhoff and Mario Goetze. Bayern may also be without midfielder Sebastian Rode and defenders Holger Badstuber and Juan Bernat, but Robben should be able to play.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also used to seeing his squad weakened due to injuries and he’ll be without English international strikers Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott as well as English international midfielders Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Czech Republic international midfielder Tomas Rosicky. Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey is also expected to miss the match along with Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners head into the game with six wins and two losses their past eight games in all competitions while Bayern Munich has won seven of their past nine in all competitions with a draw and a loss. Bayern has won 12, drawn six and lost three in 21 home games against English clubs. Arsenal has won five, drawn five and lost six in 16 trips to Germany. Overall, the Gunners have seven wins, three draws and just two losses in their past 12 Champions League outings. Arsenal won 3-0 in Swansea in domestic league play on the weekend while Bayern’s 10-game Bundesliga winning streak ended with a 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.
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By Ian Palmer