Bayern Munich face Arsenal in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday. Read the match predictions to find out why a Bayern win is the betting tip at Shanghai Stadium. These sides are no strangers to one another, with Bayern knocking Arsenal out of the Champions league in each of the last two seasons and the Germans should come out on top again here.
Bayern Munich vs Arsenal Preview
Bayern Munich will play four matches in Asia so Carlo Ancelotti has ample opportunity to test out his new signings. James Rodriguez is the the high profile arrival from Real Madrid and a likely starter in midfield. Elsewhere, we may catch a glimpse of defender Niklas Sule and midfielders Corentin Tolisso and Sebastian Rudy.
Arsenal have some new names of their own and Alexandre Lacazette will be the man that Arsene Wenger hopes gan fire the Gunners on to big things this season. It’s doubtful that we’ll see Alexis Sanchez with his future at the club still in the balance, so Olivier Giroud could also feature. New left-back Sead Kolašinac is likely to start.
Team Predictions Bayern Munich vs Arsenal
Bayern Munich 4-3-3 formation: Neuer; Alaba, Hummels, Sule, Boateng; Thiago, James, Vidal; Robben, Coman, Lewandowski
Arsenal 4-2-3-1 formation: Ospina; Kolašinac, Mustafi, Koscielny, Debuchy; Xhaka, Cazorla, Iwobi, Ozil, Walcott; Lacazette
Bayern Munich vs Arsenal Betting Tips
- Bayern have won 8 drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last 10 matches
- Arsenal have won 9 drawn 0 and lost 1 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Bayern have scored an average of 3.6 goals and conceded an average of 1.2 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Arsenal have scored an average of 2.1 goals and conceded an average of 0.6 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Bayern’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 4 of Arsenal’s previous 10 matches
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Bayern Munich vs Arsenal Prediction
Bayern have a couple of notable holes to fill after both Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm have hung up their boots. Bringing in James Rodriguez could be a master stroke and the energetic Colombian is likely to fit into Ancelotti’s system nicely. It’s doubtful that all of the big-hitters will be on the pitch at once here but even at half strength, Die Roten are a force to be reckoned with.
Arsenal quite simply haven’t been able to cope with this opponent on recent evidence. Their general defensive play has been good, as indicated by the stats above. But all that seems to go out of the window when they face Bayern. Arsene Wenger knows his side can score but may be keen to see if they can soak up the pressure of the world’s best, so I’m not expecting the typical fast-flowing football from Arsenal.
The strength in depth that bayern Munich has will surely be a factor here. Even when fielding fringe players, they’ll be competitive. I don’t think it will be another horror show for Arsenal and the Gunners may surprise some people this season but I think we’re looking at another defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich for the North Londoners.
Free Betting Tips
BAYERN at 3/4 with bet365
OVER 2.5 GOALS at 8/15 with Sportingbet
Correct Score Prediction
BAYERN 2-1 at 8/1 with bet365
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Champions League preview – Bayern Munich vs Arsenal prediction
Pep Guardiola is still without Franck Ribery, Mario Gotze and Sebastian Rode for the visit of Arsenal. There are also fitness concerns over Holger Badstuber and Juan Bernat, although both could be available to play some part in the match. Defenders Javi Martinez and Mehdi Benatia are competing for a place alongside Jerome Boateng at the back.
Arsene Wenger has a growing injury list ahead of the crucial trip to the Allianz Arena. Defensively the Arsenal boss is without Hector Bellerin but it’s further forward where the real problems have developed. The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, among others, are all unavailable for selection.
Bayern Munich: 4-3-3 formation: Neuer; Lahm, Martinez, Boateng, Alaba; Vidal, Alonso, Thiago; Muller, Lewandowski, Costa
Arsenal: 4-2-3-1 formation: Cech; Debuchy, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Cazorla, Coquelin; Campbell, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud
- Bayern Munich have won 8, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last 10 matches
- Arsenal have won 7 and lost 3 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Bayern Munich have scored an average of 2.9 goals and conceded an average of 0.5 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Arsenal have scored an average of 2.2 goals and conceded an average of 1.2 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Bayern Munich’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Arsenal’s previous 10 matches
After a perfect start to the season, where Bayern Munich won their first twelve competitive games in a row, there have been a couple of disappointments. The most notable one came at Arsenal two weeks ago, where Bayern went down 2-0 but the German outfit also drew 0-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga at the weekend. That being said, Bayern’s home form is superb and they will still feel confident of taking maximum points from this game.
Since the defeat at home to Olympiakos in the Champions League, Arsenal have enjoyed a good run of results. The only set-back came at Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup, which not only resulted in Arsenal being knocked out of the competition but also injuries to some key players. However, the team responded well with a good 3-0 win at Swansea in the Premier League and having performed well in the Allianz Arena in recent visits, are capable of taking something from the match.
Despite the injury problems, Arsenal still have plenty to offer in attack and could catch Bayern out on the break and claim a point.
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