Champions League: Bayern Munich v Arsenal match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League clash at the Allianz Arena

With some bookmakers giving odds as low as 1/200 for Bayern to qualify to the quarter-final, it is clear that Arsenal will go in search of what can only be described as a minor miracle in Munich.

The Gunners task of overturning the 3-1 deficit has been made even harder with the news that dynamitic midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss the clash after picking up an ankle injury.

Jupp Heynckes’ side have been in destructive form this season, leading the Bundesliga by a staggering 20 points. Their domestic home record is just as impressive, with only one loss through the entire season.

The Bavarians have won every game since the two sides last clashed, and they will want to make sure there is no repeat of last season when coming up against an English side at the Allianz. Munich lost out to Chelsea in the final of the competition last season despite the game being played at Bayern’s home ground.

Few would have predicted Arsenal as the last English club still standing, yet with all signs pointing to their exit, those who watch the remainder of the competition will have to pin their hopes on David Beckham flying the flag for England instead.

 

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 19.45pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS...

Arsenal 1 (Podolski) Bayern Munich 3 (Kroos, Muller, Mandzukic), UEFA Champions League Last 16 first-leg, February 2013

Arsenal 1 (Henry) Bayern Munich 0, UEFA Champions League, March 2005

Bayern Munich 3 (Pizarro 2, Salihanidzic), UEFA Champions League, February 2005

 

STATS...

Despite needing to keep it tight at the back if they are to have any chance, Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in 22 of their past 23 Champions League away ties.

Bayern have been the most clinical side in the competition this year with 18 goals.

The Gunners German international striker Lukas Podolski has incredibly scored every time his shots have been on target in the Champions League this season, scoring four times.

Both sides possess individuals who have been instrumental in providing goals for their team-mates this season. Arsenal’s Frenchman Olivier Giroud and Bayern’s Philipp Lahm have both racked up four assists each this season.

 

ODDS...

Bayern Munich to win: 1.43

Arsenal to win:   8.8

Draw: 5.2

To qualify:

Bayern Munich: 1.02

Arsenal:  38

 

TV: Live on Sky Sports 2 at 7.45pm and highlights on Sky Sports 2 at 12.00am

 

Follow all the action from tonight's match LIVE by clicking here

Sport
Radamel Falcao
footballManchester United agree loan deal for Monaco striker Falcao
Voices
A man shoots at targets depicting a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a shooting range in the center of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv
voicesIt's cowardice to pretend this is anything other than an invasion
Arts and Entertainment
The eyes have it: Kate Bush
music
Sport
Louis van Gaal, Radamel Falcao, Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Javier Hernandez
footballFalcao, Hernandez, Welbeck and every deal live as it happens
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
booksNovelist takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Arts and Entertainment
Al Pacino in ‘The Humbling’, as an ageing actor
filmHam among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
News
Fifi Trixibelle Geldof with her mother, Paula Yates, in 1985
people
Sport
Mario Balotelli in action during his Liverpool debut
football ...but he can't get on the scoresheet in impressive debut
Arts and Entertainment
Downton Abbey fans rejoice, series five returns later this month
TV
Arts and Entertainment
booksExclusive extract from Howard Jacobson’s acclaimed new novel
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor