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15 Feb 2017 14:55:00

 Bayern Munich vs Arsenal Betting: Wenger's men to be outgunned at the Allianz Arena

 While victory seem unlikely at a ground where Die Roten are enjoying a record winning streak, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Gunners to find the net

Having been knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich at the last-16 stage twice in the last four seasons, Arsenal will be hoping to exact revenge when they travel to the Allianz Arena for Wednesday’s first leg.

Arsene Wenger’s men have been eliminated at this stage of the competition in each of the last six campaigns but are available at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power to put one foot in their first quarter-final since 2010 by securing a precious away win here. Anyone wanting to back the Gunners at a bigger price can get 20/1 (21.0) as a new Paddy Power customer.

Simply use the link provided to sign up and place your first bet on Arsenal at the usual price. If they win then the returns will be topped up to the enhanced value. Winnings paid as free bets. T&C's apply.

Bayern Munich v Arsenal Betting: Wenger's men to be outgunned at the Allianz Arena

Die Roten ran out 5-1 winners when the sides last met on this ground back in 2015 and are clear 1/2 (1.50) favourites to come out on top once again on this occasion.

Just one of the last nine encounters between this pair has resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on them cancelling each other out in this one.

After finishing top of their group for the first time since the 2011-12 season, the Gunners will have been cursing their luck when they were handed an extremely unkind knockout stage draw against one of the tournament favourites.

While they may have failed to win their own group, Carlo Ancelotti’s men did manage to extend their winning streak on home turf to 15 consecutive matches - a competition record.

With 53 goals to their name in that 15-match run, the hosts will feel confident of extending that run when they take on a defence that has conceded 14 times and kept just one clean sheet in their last seven European games on the road.

Nevertheless, having scored 22 times in their last 10 away fixtures in this competition, Arsenal will at least fancy their chances of securing an important away goal when they visit a ground where they have found the net at least once in each of their three previous visits.

All things considered, odds of 21/10 (3.10) seem generous on Bayern maintaining their winning streak on home turf despite conceding for the fifth match in six in the Champions League.

Bayern to win and both teams to score at 21/10 (2.10) for a 1pt stake


Real Madrid vs Napoli Betting: Free-scoring sides set for a Champions League classic

The visitors have plenty of fire power to trouble Los Blancos and with neither defence looking too assured, it could be goals galore at the Bernabeu

The leaders of La Liga take on the top scorers in Serie A, in what could be one of the most entertaining ties of the last 16 in this season's Champions League.

Real Madrid have stuttered a little at the start of 2017 with two defeats and two draws in their opening nine matches of the year, yet Zinedine Zidane's men remain a point clear at the top of the Primera Division with two games in hand over their title rivals.

They have suffered something of an injury crisis, but should have almost everyone back for the visit of Napoli on Wednesday evening, except Gareth Bale who Zidane's hopes will be available for the second leg.

Real Madrid v Napoli Betting: Free-scoring sides set for a Champions League classic

The Italians meanwhile arrive in the Spanish capital on an 18 match unbeaten run in all competitions, and their firepower has seen them maintain a bid for second place in Serie A if not the title itself. Maurizio Sarri will feel that his side are capable of causing the defending champions problems and bet365 offer the visitors at 5/1 (6.00) for the win, while Madrid can be backed at 8/15 (1.53) and the draw is offered at 10/3 (4.33).

If the price for the hosts looks a little short it is worth remembering that Los Blancos boast a formidable home record in Europe where they have lost just one of their last 33 matches (and that 4-3 defeat against Schalke two years ago came after a 2-0 first leg win).

For their part, Napoli are unbeaten this season in Europe on the road winning at Dinamo Kiev and Benfica and drawing at Besiktas. The Italians have played 11 away matches in the Champions League since returning to the competition in 2011 and have scored in 10 of those games, while this term in the tournament Real Madrid have conceded in all six of their encounters.

Both teams to score therefore looks like a logical selection at 8/13 (1.62) but for higher odds we will combine it with over 2.5 goals in the game at 10/11 (1.91). This bet has also paid out in all six of Madrid's Champions League games as well as in four of Napoli's six European ties and seems an intelligent way to invest in a game with plenty of goals.

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) for a 2.5pt stake

 



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