There aren’t too many Arsenal supporters feeling confident about Wednesday night’s match at the Stadio Friuli, although the bookmakers make the Gunners strong favourites to feature in Thursday’s Champions League draw.
Arsene Wenger’s team are 4/11 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to reach the group stage at the expense of their Italian opponents despite the fact that they have just a slender 1-0 advantage from last week’s first leg at the Emirates.
While the fact that the Little Zebras didn’t manage an away goal means that Francesco Guidolin’s can’t afford to concede in Udine, they will also be aware that their English opponents have failed to score in their two opening Premier League matches.
Udinese are strong favourites at 5/4 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to win on the night, with the Bianconeri having created lots of scoring opportunities last week and they might have returned with a draw on another occasion.
Captain Antonio Di Natale will fancy his chances against a Gunners side that lost 2-0 to Liverpool on Saturday and the Italian international is the 5/1 favourite (Paddy Power) to score the first goal of the game.
Arsenal travel to Italy without Samir Nasri after the club agreed terms with Manchester City on Tuesday and Wenger must now pick a team that he believes can come away with the right result. The Gunners don’t need to win the game although they are a 12/5 chance (Coral) to come away with victory.
The draw is also priced at 12/5 and the manager will want Robin van Persie to get lots of service, with the Dutchman having missed the first leg through suspension. He is 6/1 to open the scoring.