Arsenal head to the Stade Velodrome knowing that Marseille will offer their best chance of away points in Group F and the rejuvenated Aaron Ramsey can blast them off to victory at 12/1 in the first goalscorer market.
It’s a generous price for a man in such fine scoring form and it gets better as bwin will double your odds if he scores another goal and treble them if he gets a hat-trick after opening the scoring.
The Gunners are the 27/20 to kick start their campaign with a win, while the hosts are 19/10 and the draw is 23/10.
It may only be the first matchday in Group F but the clash between Arsenal and Marseille is a crucial one for both teams.
For the north Londoners L’OM rate the most likely source of an away result in a group including Dortmund and Napoli.
Meanwhile the Mirror reports the hosts’ goalie Steve Mandanda as saying that teams in the group would have no chance of qualification if they didn’t win their home games.
This suggests that Marseille will have to take the game to the Gunners, which will more than suit an Arsenal team that is at its most comfortable on the counter attack where the pace of Theo Walcott can be unleashed.
Olivier Giroud’s impressive start to the season would have made him a prime candidate for a first goalscorer wager, but with the former Montpellier striker’s fitness to participate in doubt it may be wiser to side with his teammate Ramsey.
The Caerphilly kid is in even better scoring form than his Arsenal amigo this term, notching six goals in eight games for club and country to the Frenchman’s five.
After a prolonged period of off and then on-pitch rejuvenation after the horrific leg break he suffered in early 2010 the 22-year-old is beginning to show everyone the player that Arsene Wenger no doubt always knew he would become.
What’s more he’s already helped himself to a couple of two-goal hauls in 2013/14, offering plenty of encouragement he can strike more than once to further reward shrewd bwin backers who are on his monster first goalscorer price.
With their none-tougher group likely to go down to the wire those fancying Arsenal to qualify as winners would do well to avail themselves of the 9/4 currently on offer at bwin.
Anyone backing an English team to win their groups with bwin will get their money back if they fail to qualify for the knockout stages.