A Yaya Sanogo-inspired Benfica brutalising means that 2013/14 Stamina League and FA Cup winners Arsenal need only to best Monaco and they can add the Emirates Cup to the growing portfolio of silverware.
The hosts are 13/20 to follow up their 5-1 win yesterday with victory over the Ligue 1 fat cats, who can be backed at a mammoth 17/5 to slay the Gunners on home soil. The draw is a 13/5 alternative.
Few could’ve forecast the thumping scoreline Arsene Wenger’s men recorded against the usually frugal Lisbon outfit, let alone the rampant form of Sanogo.
This is sure to have put a smile on the bookies’ face, but a few of these four mooted wagers will wipe it clean off.
Monaco or draw double chance @ 11/10
In the six Emirates Cups to predate this year’s instalment, no French representative has lost their second match.
Lyon and Paris Saint Germain (three times) have all swerved a day-two defeat, including 2009 when PSG finished last in the four-team tournament.
Monaco to score two goals @ 7/2
In each of their five friendly fixtures to date Les Rouges et Blancs have bagged at least this many, scoring a deuce in both of the games to precede this one.
Both teams to score @ 31/50
In four of Arsenal’s six second-day matches both teams have found the net, including each of the previous three.
Monaco have failed to keep a clean sheet in two of their last three pre-season clashes to further enhance the value of this price.
Under 2.5 goals @ 23/20
While the pre-season exploits of Monaco in particular undermine the likelihood of this punt, the Gunners’ track record against teams from across the channel suggests it’s a good bet.
In ten meetings with French sides this century, Arsenal have lost just once, with the total goals scored falling below three on seven occasions.