The Wolf started the ICC with a bang predicting a Dortmund win by multiple goals. Tonight we turn out attention to the clash between Bayern Munich and Arsenal.
Bayern Munich v Arsenal – Wednesday 8:00pm AEST
If it were up to Arsenal they would prefer never to play Bayern Munich again. The German side has been a constant source of pain for the Gunners, eliminating them from the Champions League in 4 of the last 5 seasons. In the last two seasons it is not only the fact that they have been responsible for their exit but rather the manner in which it has happened. If the 7-1 aggregate score in 2016 wasn’t enough, in the season just gone by it was 10-2 over the two legs including a 5-1 humiliation at Emirates Stadium.
As a result this match will take on some importance for Arsenal – even if it is just a friendly. This will be the English clubs only match in the ICC and they will be looking to make an impression following a successful Sydney tour where they looked very comfortable in wins over Sydney FC and Western Sydney. Lacazette, the clubs record signing, found the back of the net on debut and they will look for him to carry the load with Sanchez set to leave. The Chilean was not in Sydney, nor is he in town for this one.
If Wenger is to follow the same pattern as he did in Sydney we could see him play two entirely different teams in each half. The return of Mertesacker will be a welcomed one this season and will finally give Koscielny a partner in central defence. Ozil, Ramsey, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck and Giroud will all feature prominently in this one.
For Bayern, this will be Ancelotti’s first chance to unveil the new additions to the roster. They have been very effective with their business thus far. For under 100 million Euro’s they have added Tolisso, Coman, Sule and Gnabry along with James Rodriguez on loan from Real Madrid. Clearly the aim is to bring in an abundance of youth to replace ageing stars such as Ribery and Robben. In the coming years they are likely to join stalwarts Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso who retired at the end of last season. Ancelotti will be without Benatia and Douglas Costa who have departed for Italian champions Juventus but The Wolf says to keep an eye on Felix Gotze – you guessed it, the younger brother of Mario. A defender by trade we should see plenty of him throughout the tournament.
These sides have something in common when it comes to friendlies – they love to entertain and that means a heap of goals. Bayern put 9 past a lower league German side last week with Evina, Coman and Hingeri all scoring twice. Arsenal rarely put the foot on the accelerator in Sydney and have now scored multiple goals in each of their last 5 friendlies over the last two years. At the price, Arsenal look a great bet!
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals ($2.15)
Value: Arsenal WIN ($4.25)
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