Arsenal host Bayern Munich in the Champions League tonight and we have free football tips for the last 16 tie at the Emirates Stadium.
After being starved of Champions League football since the group stages wrapped up back in early December, Europe's top football competition finally returns this week and perhaps the pick of the last 16 round of knockout fixtures sees Arsenal take on reigning Champions Bayern Munich. Here we have a match preview with football betting tips for the first leg on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich defeated fellow German side Borussia Dortmund at Wembley to lift the Champions League trophy last May and the men from Bavaria have carried their imperious form into this campaign under new coach Pep Guardiola.
Bayern Munich are 3/4 favourites to beat Arsenal with Sky Bet, while the Gunners can be backed for the win at best-odds of 4/1 with Bet365. If you fancy this monumental first leg clash to finish a draw, Bet Victor have best odds on a draw at 3/1.
Wednesday's visitors Bayern qualified top of their Champions League group, scoring 17 goals in the process, while they are flying high in the Bundesliga, undefeated so far this season with just two draws blotting an otherwise perfect record.
They warmed up for Wednesday's game with an emphatic 4-0 victory in the Bundesliga over Freiburg on Sunday and Arsenal are certainly facing an almighty challenge, though the Gunners will have been boosted by the news that Xherdan Shaqiri – who bagged a brace on the weekend – joins star-man Franck Ribery on the sidelines through injury for the first-leg tie.
Yet while the absence of Ribery in particular; Bayern's joint top scorer in the groups and the player crowned UEFA Best Player in Europe last season after helping Bayern lift the treble, is a big blow to Guardiola, the strength in depth at the Spaniard's disposal is staggering with the likes of Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller more than capable in front of goal. And that leads us to our first football betting tip – back German international Thomas Muller to open the scoring at best odds of 5/1 with Coral.
Arsenal prepared for Wednesday's game by making amends for their horror 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool last week as they knocked the Reds out of the FA Cup sixth round 2-1 on Sunday. It was the ideal response from Arsene Wenger's side ahead of their meeting with Bayern and they will certainly not shy away from the challenge that Bayern will bring. We think this one will be locked up at half-time – for our second betting tip back this to be a 1-1 draw at half-time at best-priced odds of 8/1 with Stan James.
Bayern should have enough quality to come away with a vital win ahead of the second leg in Munich though – for our final Arsenal v Bayern Munich betting tip back the reigning Champions to triumph 2-1 at best odds of 8/1 with Bet Victor.
Football Tips for Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Thomas Muller for First Goalscorer 5/1 – bet here with Coral
1-1 Draw at Half-Time 8/1 – bet here with Stan James
Bayern Munich to Win 2-1 8/1 – bet here with Bet Victor
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