Bayern Munich vs Arsenal Prediction: Saka can inspire Gunners to famous win

 | 16th April | 

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After playing out a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium last week, Bayern Munich and Arsenal meet again on Wednesday in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. The game will be broadcast live in the UK via TNT Sports 2 with kick-off at 20:00 at the Allianz Arena.

Ahead of this midweek clash in Bavaria we have noted all the latest team news and match odds below, and offered our Bayern Munich vs Arsenal prediction.

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal Betting Tips

  • Arsenal to win (90 mins) @ 15/8
  • Bukayo Saka to score anytime (90 mins) @ 21/10

Team News

Bayern suffered a big blow on Saturday when Kingsley Coman was stretchered off in their 2-0 win over FC Koln and subsequently ruled out for several weeks. The Frenchman's absence adds to the club's woes on the wings with former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry, who scored at the Emirates last week, also sidelined through injury.

The Bavarian giants will also be low on full-backs with Bouna Sarr and Sacha Boey long-term injury absentees and Alphonso Davies suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards in the Champions League.

Thomas Tuchel will hope to welcome Manuel Neuer and Leroy Sane back though, after the duo missed Saturday's victory. Jamal Musiala and Leon Goretzka started on the bench in that game but should return to the starting XI on Wednesday.

Arsenal have the majority of their squad available for the trip to Germany, with only Jurrien Timber likely to miss out as he continues his comeback from a serious knee injury.

Captain Martin Odegaard picked up a "little issue" against Aston Villa according to his boss Mikel Arteta, but it's unlikely that will keep him out of action in such an important game.

There are decisions to be made for the Spaniard though, with Oleksandr Zinchenko bearing the brunt of much of the fan fury from Sunday's defeat. The Ukraine international could be replaced by Jakub Kiwior or Takehiro Tomiyasu in Germany, while Gabriel Martinelli will be looking to earn a recall to the starting XI.

Dropping Kai Havertz back to midfield didn't pay off for Arteta against Villa, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him pushed back up top in place of Gabriel Jesus.

Match Odds

Bayern Munich are 11/8 to win inside 90 minutes on Wednesday, giving them an implied win probability of 41.2%, while Arsenal are 15/8, or a 34.8% chance, to do the same. The draw, which would send the tie to extra time, is available at 5/2.

Both teams found the net twice in the first leg - it's 6/4 for over 3.5 goals (90 mins) again and 10/1 for another 2-2 scoreline.

Arsenal to win (90 mins) @ 15/8

It's been a disappointing past week for Arsenal, who were trailing Bayern for nearly half of the game at the Emirates, and their unhappiness with a draw at home was compounded by a 2-0 defeat at the same venue to Aston Villa five days later. Are the wheels starting to fall off towards the end of a season again for the Gunners?

The Premier League may be a tough one to turn around now, but there's no reason that they can't progress in the Champions League.

Sure, Bayern did step their game up in north London and will always be a danger with the likes of Harry Kane and Sane in attack, but there are all sorts of problems at that club this season, off the pitch and on it. They made a slow start again on Saturday, taking until the 65th minute to find the breakthrough at home against relegation-threatened FC Koln.

Plus, the injuries are continuing to stack up for Tuchel's team, which should offer huge encouragement to the Gunners.

As the away side, Arsenal can probably afford to play a more patient game, which should actually suit their favoured approach under Arteta.

I can see Bayern being hit on the break by the likes of Bukayo Saka and Martinelli, with Arsenal able to win this match inside 90 minutes.

Bukayo Saka to score anytime (90 mins) @ 21/10

It took just 12 minutes for Saka to fire the opening goal of the game in last week's first leg, and I like the odds of him to score again on Wednesday.

Events didn't go to plan for him or Arsenal against Villa, but Saka should be relishing the opportunity that has presented itself in Bavaria.

Davies is out which is likely to mean that Guerreiro starts at left-back for Bayern. The Portugal international has been a fine performer for club and country for several years now, but it's fair to say defending isn't his forte, and he certainly possesses less pace than his teammate Davies.

That should music to the ears of Saka, who should be able to twist Guerreiro in and out if he's on form.

Saka is also Arsenal's designated penalty taker, so that could provide another route for him to find the net.

Betfred are running their famed Double Delight & Hat-trick Heaven offer on this match, meaning that if a player scores first and then nets again, you will be paid at double the odds. If he grabs a hat-trick, you will be paid at treble the odds!

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