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Bayern Munich vs Arsenal: Preview and Prediction

Bayern Munich and Arsenal will put their domestic disappointments behind them as they seek to secure a place in the Champions League semi-finals when they meet in the second leg of their quarter-final tie on Wednesday.

Bayern Munich Seeking Redemption

Bayern Munich’s reign of 11 consecutive Bundesliga titles came to an end on Sunday, but they can still salvage their season by winning the Champions League. They will take confidence from their 2-2 draw in the first leg in London last week, despite manager Thomas Tuchel’s frustration over a missed penalty for his side.

Bayern’s impressive record of 22 wins and 3 defeats in away leg draws in European competitions should give them hope, as should their formidable home record against English teams (17 wins, 7 draws, 4 defeats). However, quarter-finals have not always been kind to the Bavarians, as they have been eliminated at this stage 13 times, a Champions League record, and in each of the last three editions.

Arsenal Aim to Bounce Back from Domestic Woes

Arsenal will be eager to avoid a hangover from their 2-0 home defeat to Aston Villa that saw them lose their grip on the Premier League title race. Mikel Arteta’s side will be determined to banish the demons of their past when they travel to Germany, having lost their last four two-legged encounters against Bayern.

The Gunners are making their first appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals for 14 years, and their historical record at this stage is not great (2 wins, 5 defeats). However, they have been solid travelers in Europe recently, losing just four of their last 21 away matches (12 wins, 5 draws). This record could give them the belief to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2008/09.

Key Players to Watch

Harry Kane: Another goal would make him the all-time top scorer against the Gunners, level with Wayne Rooney (15 goals).

Bukayo Saka: The England international opened the scoring in the first leg. Three of his four Champions League goals for Arsenal this season have come in the first 25 minutes.
Hot Stat

Bayern Munich have won five of their last six penalty shootouts in European competitions. The only defeat came here in the 2011/12 Champions League final against Chelsea.

Prediction

This is a tough match to call. Bayern’s home advantage and experience could give them the edge. However, Arsenal’s recent European form and determination to bounce back from their domestic woes make them dangerous opponents. Expect a close and exciting match.

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