Arsenal have a mountain to climb when they welcome Bayern Munich to the Emirates Stadium for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 clash, hoping to overturn a 5-1 first-leg deficit.
A 3-1 Premier League defeat at Liverpool on Saturday only served to increase the pressure on Arsene Wenger’s men, who are 11/5 (3.20) outsiders with bet365 to bounce back with a big win here.
However, with 14 wins and no defeats to their name in the last 16 fixtures, Die Roten are 23/20 (2.15) favourites to compound the home team’s misery by coming out on top once again in this one.
The hosts played out a 2-2 draw by PSG in their last Champions League fixtures in front of their own fans, and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them being held to another stalemate on this occasion.
While few expected the Gunners to come away from the Allianz Arena with a victory, the manner of their first leg defeat was particularly damaging for a team that aspires to rub shoulders with the continental elite.
As well as making a seventh consecutive elimination from this stage of the competition almost inevitable, the humiliation in Germany has cast further question marks over the futures of both Wenger and star man Alexis Sanchez.
The Chile international was reportedly left out of the starting XI at Anfield due to a training ground bust-up with his manager, provoked by an increasing disillusionment over the team’s credentials as genuine trophy contenders.
This unrest does not set them up particularly well for a heroic turnaround against a team that so utterly outclassed them last time out, and who have come out on top in two of their last three visits to this ground.
In fact, those 23/20 (2.15) odds seem rather generous on Bayern adding to Arsenal’s malaise by consigning them to a fifth defeat in seven fixtures, and fifth in a row in the Champions League knockout stages.