The Premier League table might show a five point gap between leaders Arsenal and their nearest rivals, but the Champions League is a completely different matter, and the Gunners might see themselves crashing out at the group stages.
Arsenal could be considered unfortunate to have been drawn in such a difficult group with Napoli and Borussia Dortmund, the latter having won at The Emirates two weeks ago. The Gunners now really need to get maximum points from their visit to Germany on Wednesday evening.
The bookies expect a tough time for Arsenal, and a best price of 4/1 with Bet365 that they can leave with three points reflects their pessimism that Arsenal can exact revenge for their home defeat and get back in the driving seat.
Mikel Arteta has belief that high confidence at The Emirates should assist the north London club achieve a win over the Germans. The Gunners did after all take the lead in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, only for Dortmund to storm back.
Jurgen Klopp’s boys are very strong favourites to win this tie, with odds of 8/11 being offered. All six of their Bundesliga home games have been wins so far this season. Stuttgart were the latest domestic team to be put to the sword this term, enduring a 6-1 thrashing.
Robert Lewandowski claimed a hat-trick in that match, taking his season goal tally to thirteen, and the man from Poland is 7/2 at Ladbrokes to score the opening goal of this encounter.Marco Reus is an additional danger and is being offered at 6/1 to achieve the same feat.
It’s fair to expect goals in this match, and odds of 8/15 about more than three goals being scored reflects this view.
Victory for the Gunners would be a tall order, especially against a team who may well be in the final. A 3-2 win for the home side is priced at 22/1 and 4-2 is being offered at a generous 40/1. The visitors will undoubtedly play their part in an entertaining encounter, but one can’t help but think that a defeat for the Gunners is on the cards.
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