Just one more win is required for Arsenal to qualify for the final 16 of the Champions League yet again, and this imperative final win should come against Marseille at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s passage through to this stage hasn’t been straightforward after losing at home to Borussia Dortmund, but a stupendous win in Germany last time out was a welcome bonus and they are now in pole position to qualify from the group.
On the other hand, the Ligue 1 outfit have nothing left to play for in this year’s competition after losing all four of their matches in Group F. This included a 2-1 reverse against Arsenal in France, where the Gunners were very good value for their victory.
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Many bets have been struck at Arsenal to win this match, with even prices as short as 1/3 being snapped up by buying money merchants. A big reason for the plunge on the hosts is that visiting coach Elie Baup has suggested he will field a team of youngsters that haven’t had any Champions League experience before.
It doesn’t take a genius to work our that the north Londoners should win this match and win it pretty comfortably, but were not going to sustain long term profit by advising 1/3 shots. A better value bet lay lie in the chances of the game producing over 2.5 goals at 4/6 as both teams carry a goal threat.
The French side have conceded at least two goals in each of their last seven Champions League games, losing all of these games while Arsenal are regular scorers in all competitions. The talents of Mezut Ozil and Olivier Giroud should fancy their chances of linking up to great effect against the weak Marseille back four.
Both Napoli and Borussia Dortmund fired three goals each in respective home games against the 1993 Champions League winners and the French side haven’t kept a clean sheet in the last mind games both domestically and in Europe.
However, Marseille did score in three of their four Group F matches against all those illustrious opponents and can help make the over 2.5 goals bet a winning one. Greedy punters should also take note of the over 3.5 goal line at a tempting 6/4. Judging by the way both these teams attack, goals will be on the menu.
One of Arsenal’s goals is likely to come through hotshot Aarron Ramsey, who has scored two of the Gunners three goals against the French side. He’s been quite popular in the markets to notch first at 8/1.