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Gotze to follow Messi and reward anytime scorer punters

| 19.02.2014

Lionel Messi’s penalty against Manchester City proved especially painful for Coral, after we went best price on the Barcelona striker in the first goalscorer and anytime scorer markets.

However, this setback has not prevented Coral offering the top industry price in a selection of offerings for Arsenal’s Champions League home clash with Bayern Munich and the three that it could prove most judicious to take advantage of are listed below.

Mario Gotze to score in the 90 minutes @ 7/4

A number of probable Bayern Munich starters are best price in the first scorer market, including Thomas Muller (5/1), Gotze (6/1), Arjen Robben (13/2) and David Alaba (16/1).

Muller was Bayern’s top scorer en route to lifting the Champions League last season with eight goals, Robben is in double figures in this campaign and Alaba netted twice in the group stages from left-back.

But Gotze has scored seven in his last 11 Bayern appearances and could even lead the line against Arsenal if Pep Guardiola decides to start with a false nine in attack.

Even if Gotze doesn’t start, he is almost certain to be introduced at some point in the 90 minutes, so back him to score anytime.

Over 3.5 goals in the match @ 13/8

This bet would have been successful in three of Barcelona’s last four games and in half of Arsenal’s last six.

Furthermore, a minimum of four goals were netted in four of Bayern’s six group-stage meetings in this season’s Champions League.

Bayern’s trip to the Emirates last seen additionally cleared the 3.5-goal line, as did their trip to the Etihad earlier in the campaign when beating Manchester City.

Arsenal 0-2 Bayern at half time @ 17/2

Another similarity to last season’s Emirates clash is that Bayern are leading 2-0 at the break, which has been the scoreline at the interval in two of the Bundesliga leaders’ four fixtures in February thus far.

It has also been the score at half time in four of their last eight fixtures in all competitions and in two of their Champions League group-stage encounters.