Arsenal are favourites to win Champions League Group F although they are clearly vulnerable after the departure of two key midfielders in the summer along with the fact that they have had a shaky start to the season.
Who could have predicted a couple of seasons ago that the Gunners would be holding on against Swansea City for a 1-0 win, although that 8-2 drubbing at Old Trafford knocked Arsenal’s confidence and it will be interesting to see how they handle this test in Germany.
Ladbrokes are prepared to take Arsene Wenger’s team on with their quote of 11/4 and the contest at Signal Iduna Park is likely to be the visitors’ toughest match of the six they will play in the Champions League between now and December.
Borussia Dortmund were one of the best teams in Europe last term, running away with the Bundesliga and finishing a full ten points ahead of a troubled Bayern Munich side. While Jürgen Klopp’s team have had a slow start to the season, they can count on the support of a fearsome 80,000 strong crowd and will be popular at 5/4 with Paddy Power.
Perhaps last season’s title success will prove to be a one-off, with Dortmund finishing in the top four for the first time since 2002-3 although they have some dangerous players and that includes Robert Lewandowski who was on target during the weekend 2-1 defeat against Hertha Berlin.
However, Lucas Barrios is injured at the moment, while Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky miss out for Arsenal, who will hope to replicate that fine performance in Italy which saw them knock out Udinese in the qualifying stage.
The draw can be backed at 12/5 and Saturday’s win over the Swans might mark the start of a more pragmatic Arsenal team who run a tighter ship thanks to the acquisition of Per Mertesacker.