Arsenal Facing Tough Task vs. Bayern Munich In Round Of 16 Leg 1

Kevin Stott

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 3:35 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 3:35 PM UTC

Despite the Gunners coming in unbeaten in the tournament, there seems to be fear in North London with Manager Arsène Wenger possibly going to backup GK David Ospina in the club’s biggest match of the tournament.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017—Round of 16, Leg 1

Fußball-Bundesliga giant Bayern München welcome EPL side Arsenal to Allianz Stadium in Munich Wednesday for Leg 1 of their Round of 16 series. Soccer oddsmakers have Bayern Munich solid -198 favorites over the Gunners (+622) with a Draw priced at +362 (BetMania) in this Leg 1 with the Total (Goals) set at 3 with the Under priced at -125 (Over +105, BetMania). On the Goal Line, Bayern are -1 -124 chalks with Arsenal +1 at +104 (BetMania).

Arsenal FC

Arsenal (20/1 to win Champions League, Intertops) head in losers 2 of 3 and for the Gunners to pull off the upset in Germany, Arsène Wenger’s side will probably have to score first, get great games from Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil (4 CL goals) and hope Bayern’s off. Although Arsenal (+202 To Qualify, Intertops; Bayern -300) seem better off than past years, this club has been in a funk lately with Özil scuffling and the Daily Mail reports Wenger will opt for backup GK David Ospina over Petr Cech.

Despite Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla being out, the Gunners come in fairly healthy and may have a starting XI (4-3-3) of GK Ospina; RB Bellerín, CB Koscielny, CB Mustafi, LB Monreal; DMF Elneny, DMF Coquelin, MF Oxlade-Chamberlain; LW Alexis, AMF Özil and RW Welbeck. So, if chasing a goal, Olivier Giroud or maybe Theo Walcott can be used as subs should Welbeck start and disappoint. The Gunners went 4-2-0 in the Group Stage (18 GF-6 GA), drawing twice with PSG.

 FC Bayern München

Manager Carlo Ancelotti and Bayern Munich (4/1 to win Champions League, Intertops) head into this Round of 16 matchup winners of 13-14 and may have a Starting XI (4-2-3-1) of GK Neuer; RB Lahm, CB Martínez, CB Hummels, LB Alaba; CMF Alcántara, CMF Vidal, AMR Müller; LW Costa, RW Robben; with Lewandowski (5 CL goals) at Striker. An injury to MF Xabi Alonso (Knee) may sideline him while Franck Ribéry (Hamstring) and Jérôme Boateng (Calf) are out. Bayern went 4-0-2 in the Group Stage, outscoring opponents 14-6 and losing at Atlético Madrid (0-1) and in Russia at Rostov (2-3).

 Munich Weather, Logical Picks

The Munich forecast (TWC) Wednesday night calls for Clear Skies and a chilly, possibly frost-bearing Low of 33° F. This is the fourth time in five years these two have collided so expect Bayern to rely on its staunch Defense—anchored by the sport’s best GK (Manuel Neuer) and LB (David Alaba)—knowing how big Arsenal Road goals would be and not wanting to head to North London for Leg 2 (March 7) in a bad way. Bayern Moneyline (-201, Skybook) and -1 (-124, BetMania) are the best picks here.

Free Champions League Pick: Bayern MünchenBest Line Offered: at Skybook

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