The ever-enjoyable summer tune-up tournament known as the Emirates Cup is upon us and both Arsenal and Benfica will find the net in its inaugural fixture.
Arsene Wenger’s men, fresh from their Austrian training camp, are 39/50 for a victory in their first outing since landing the FA Cup.
Yet that price looks plenty skinny enough in comparison to the 29/10 about Jorge Jesus’ men when it’s considered they have five matches of friendly football under their belts to the Gunners’ two.
Instead the 31/50 about both teams finding the net, just as they have done in Arsenal’s last six Emirates Cup outings, looks the best bet in this particular contest.
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North London new boys David Ospina, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy all played some part in the Austrian training camp and all are expected to feature against the Eagles.
Defensive parsimony is always going to be compromised in such situation, as the new arrivals take time to understand their place in the Arsenal jigsaw.
With a spell at centre-half even mooted as a possibility for Chambers there should be gaps for the opposition forwards to exploit.
At the other end the Gunners should extract profit from a Benfica side who have lost Ezequiel Garay, the lynchpin in a rearguard that allowed just 18 league goals last term, to Zenit St Petersburg.
Those who fancy the Lisbon outfit to press home their anticipated fitness advantage for a party pooping success at the Emirates in a match containing goals for both sides can back their instincts at a hefty 7/1.