Arsenal’s stuttering early season form and their poor recent Champions League record makes them vulnerable against Borussia Dortmund tomorrow evening.
The reigning Bundesliga champions are 23/20 favourites to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Meanwhile, a draw is priced at 47/20 and an Arsenal win at 9/4.
The Gunners have managed a solitary victory from their four league games so far, with this coming courtesy of a 1-0 scoreline against Swansea on Saturday.
Manager Arsene Wenger suggested after that match that his side had yet to get an 8-2 drubbing by Manchester United out of their system, although keeping a clean sheet will have given the team confidence.
Whether it will have given them enough of a boost to beat Dortmund is a different matter, with die Borussen likely to pose a significantly sterner test than the Swans.
Arsenal are also weighed down by recent history as, play-off ties aside, the Gunners have lost six of their last seven away matches in the Champions League.
With this in mind, the German side look well set for a home victory, particularly as Arsenal are still finding their feet following a last-minute influx of new signings in the lead-up to transfer deadline day.
Nevertheless, Dortmund’s recent form suggests they are unlikely to win by more than one goal, even with the attacking talents of Mario Gotze, Lucas Barrios and Shinji Kagawa to call on.
Five games into their title defence, die Borussen have won just twice, drawn once and lost the remaining two, scoring only six goals in the process.
Coupled with this is the fact that Arsenal are expected to play more cautiously than they do in the Premier League, meaning goals are likely to be at a premium.
Any team to win by exactly one goal is priced at 5/4, meaning a successful £25 free bet on this outcome would return £56.25.
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Another worthwhile bet could be on Arsenal to stay on level terms in the first half before falling behind in the second half.
A draw/Dortmund win is available at 9/2 in the half time/full time market, and this looks a good option based on the fact that the German team scored most of their goals after the interval last season.
Of their 62 Bundesliga goals in the last campaign, die Borussen scored 42 in the second period.
Finally, given the probably of a close game settled by a single goal in favour of Dortmund, a 2-1 win for the home side looks tempting at odds of 15/2.
A successful £25 free bet on this scoreline would return £212.50.
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