Arsenal and Bayern Munich clash on Tuesday night in the Champions League last-16 second leg, as the home side look to recover some pride from the clash.
The Gunners suffered a 5-1 mauling in the first leg at the Allianz Arena in the first leg. The defeat was a shock to the Gunners system and made the second leg almost academic. The Gunners would need to defeat Bayern 4-0 or 6-1 to progress into the quarter-finals.
An Arsenal victory seems like an unlikely result, as the Gunners have won just three of their last 11 meetings against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Two of those three wins have come on home soil.
The Gunners recent form has been poor, as they have lost four of their last six outings in all competitions. Their recent home record is decent of late, though, as Arsene Wenger’s team have won five of their last six home games.
Arsenal have been prolific in front of goal on home soil in their Champions League, scoring two or more goals in nine of their last 11 games.
Bayern Munich have been in fine form in recent months and have won 15 of their last 17 games in all competitions, with the other two games finishing in draws.
The Bavarians head into this clash on the back of a 3-0 win at Koln in the Bundesliga. The win now sees Carlo Ancelotti’s team seven points clear at the top of the German top-flight.
The German champions have won seven of their last eight away games in all competitions. However, Bayern lost three of their last away games in the Champions League. In fact, Bayern have won just one of their last six away games in Europe, so there may be hope for the Gunners in this clash.
Arsenal head into this clash without Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla and Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny through injury, while Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Debuchy are also doubtful. Chilean star Alexis Sanchez should be restored to the starting line-up, having started the Liverpool game on the bench.
Bayern will head into this clash without veteran star Philipp Lahm through suspension, while Renato Sanches, Douglas Costa and Jerome Boateng are also all doubtful for this clash. Bayern boss Ancelotti may choose to rotate his squad.
Bayern Munich are the favourites to win this clash at odds of 23/20, while the home side are odds of 11/5 to win this clash and the draw is odds of 13/5.
Arsenal head into this clash in poor spirits and seem unlikely to recover the four-goal deficit from the first leg. However, a win may just lift spirits slightly after a difficult couple of weeks.
Can Arsenal beat Bayern Munich on Tuesday night?