Champions League Match Preview: Bayern Munchen vs. Arsenal

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Updated: March 4, 2014
Bayern Munchen

Match Date: 11 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Allianz Arena

(Featured image: Bayern Munchen | Source: lagalaxy.com)

 

Bayern Munchen

Unbeaten for the last 12 non-friendly fixtures, Bayern Munchen are still the favorites to rule UEFA’s most important continental football competition. The defending champions and arguably the most successful club of 2013 are gladly compelled to maintain an impressive display in the international arena. Der FCB’s form is among the strongest in the competition and ranks among the most reliable worldwide.

 

Pep Guardiola does proficient strategies to keep his side a monster and major threat to other title chasers. The players rank second in the UEFA coefficient rankings, just four points behind Spanish top brass Barcelona. By IFFHS Club World Ranking, however, they rake the top spot. Thus far in the new season Champions League, they have only succumbed to their opponents once out of seven fixtures.

 

Arsenal

Domestically, Arsenal slid in the rankings from the top position down to the third. Nevertheless, the chase for the silverware remains robust and the possibility is not necessarily remote. Internationally, The Gunners have had some sorts of shortcomings in the Champions League (as they lost three times in all the nine fixtures they had this season) but still managed to rise strong with the majority of their tourneys having ended successfully.

 

Of the last 16 clubs in the competition, Arsenal are among those who made the shortlist as potential champions by the season’s finale. But the ascent, and despite their strong drive, will not be that fluid especially when other football giants are equally determined to earn the greatest points.

 

Football betting tip: The last time the German squad and the English troupe fought in the Champions League last-16 first-leg clash, Bayern Munchen carried the day with a comfortable 2-0 victory—thanks partly to a red card handed over Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. For the second, the same players are expected to control and dominate the scoring.