Having secured our second consecutive win in our ‘25 to 1’ series on Saturday lunchtime, we quickly moved on to bet number three last night and were successful again as both Arsenal and Bayern Munich managed to score in their Champions League tie.
In our write-up ahead of the game, we highlighted Bayern’s incredible away form and the strength of their defence in the Bundesliga. In fact, going into last night’s game they hadn’t conceded a goal in 2013 or in their last 664 minutes of football. However, we also highlighted Arsenal’s strong home scoring record and the likelihood that they will need to score at least one goal to have even the slightest chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.
It took the Germans just 7 minutes to fulfil their end of the bargain as Toni Kroos showed excellent technique to volley home from the edge of the Arsenal box. Settled by that early goal, Bayern took command of the game and demonstrated why they are 2nd favourites to win this season’s competition. They bagged a second after 21 minutes and it all looked pretty bleak for Arsene and his men boys.
Wenger must have got stuck into his side at half-time and they came out fighting at the start of the second period. Arsenal gained some momentum and then, to our relief, were gifted a way back into the game as Podolski made the most of a rare defensive mix up in the Bayern box. Good old Lady Luck must have decided to take pity on the Gooners when they were generously given a corner that shouldn’t have been, but they took full advantage when Neuer and his defence left Wilshire’s cross to each other and Podolski nodded into the unguarded net.
With both teams on the score sheet and bet number three secure, we could relax and enjoy the rest of the match. Giroud had the best chance to level things at 2-2 but his strike was hit straight at Neuer. It’s unlikely that that miss/save will end up be the turning point in this tie but, shortly afterwards, Munich made sure their task will be even easier in 3 weeks’ time by adding a third away goal.
So, our ‘25 to 1’ countdown is down to 22 to go and the bank balance is up to over £100. We’ll be searching for opportunities to bring you bet number 4 shortly so stay tuned.