Bayern Munich – Arsenal 13.03.2013
Bayern Munich won 3:1 on the first match and the Bavarians are very close to secure the progress.
However, it is dangerous to underestimate a team like Arsenal. I expect an open and interesting match at Allianz Arena in Munich.
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes has some notable absentees for this match. Franck Ribery is sidelined due to an ankle injury, while Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng are both suspended. Finally, Arjen Robben is doubtful with a calf injury and missed the Saturday’s match against Fortuna Dusseldorf in domestic championship.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be missing Nacho Monreal and Jack Wilshere, while two more players are rated as doubtful – Bacary Sagna and Abou Diaby.
Bayern played an excellent season. They are on the top of the table in Bundesliga, they are in semifinal of German Cup and they are very close to secure the quarterfinal in Champions League. At this point I will mention that the three home matches that Bayern played in the group stage of Champions League were efficient. A total of 15 goals were scored on the mentioned three games which means an average of 5 goals per game.Arsenal played three away games in the group stage. They were all efficient, two of them ended with Over 2.5 goals, one with Over 3.5 goals.
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As conclusion, I expect at least three or four goals at Allianz Arena in Munich. Arsenal need to score three goals if they want to keep their Champions League hopes alive. I am sure Wenger will attack the opponent. He announced a formation with three strikers. Walcott, Giroud and Podolski are able to score against any team, no doubt about that. I am also confident that Bayern will accept such open approach. That is why I am expecting goals.