Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal prediction and Champions League betting tips for Wednesday 6th November 2013.
Arsenal travel to Germany on Wednesday night for a crucial Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund which could make or break their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament.
The home side are firm favourites and can be backed at a best price of 8/11 with Paddy Power, with the best price on an Arsenal win coming from Winner at 9/2. The draw is best priced at 16/5 from Bet365.
Two weeks ago Arsenal put in one of their worst performances of the season in the reverse of this fixture in going down 2-1 at home to the German giants, and will need to reproduce the form they found against Liverpool on Sunday to stand any real chance of getting something from the game. The last time they visited German soil they managed a fine win against Bayern Munich, the eventual winners of last years tournament. They have enjoyed a fine start to the Premier League season so will travel to Dortmund with some confidence knowing they can not afford to suffer another defeat in a highly competitive group. Dortmund have also made a strong start to their domestic campaign, sitting in second place and just a point behind Bayern Munich after 11 games.
The group is finely balanced with Arsenal, Dortmund and Napoli all sitting on six points from the first three games, with Marseille seemingly out of contention following three losses. The pressure will be on the gunners though having already lost to their opponents, and avoiding defeat in Germany will surely go down as a good result and should please their fans.
It was striker Robert Lewandowski who scored the decisive goal at the Emirates to steer his side to a 2-1 win, and the frontman is unsurprisingly well fancied to get himself on the scoresheet again this time around. Sky Bet offer odds of 7/2 for the Pole to open the scoring, and if you think he will hit the back of the net on more than one occasion head to Unibet for odds of 19/4, decent odds considering he sits top of the Bundesliga goal scoring chats with 9 from 11 games. Arsenals main threat Olivier Giroud comes in at as long as 8/1 to open the scoring, reflecting the probability that the Gunners may not be as free flowing as viewers have come to expect in recent weeks given the size of the task facing them. Indeed, Dortmund are a force to be reckoned with at home, having scored 24 goals in seven home games this season, a remarkable record. Whilst they are ruthless in front of goal they have also managed to keep a clean sheet in over half of their matches at the Westfalenstadion this term, and Coral offer odds of 27/10 for Dortmund to win the game to nil, something which should be considered a real possibility.
Arsenal still have to make the trip to Naples to face Napoli, with a home game against Marseille wedged in between. They will know that if they want to make it out of the group then they will probably need to win at least one of their remaining two away fixtures which will be a tough ask. They have the quality in their side to do this, and possibly now the belief which in previous years they may have lacked, so they shouldn’t be written off despite the size of the task in front of them. Best odds on Arsenal/Draw double chance come from Bet365 at 23/20 if you fancy the in form gunners to come away with a result.
Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal Betting Tips
Lewandowski to score first @ 7/2 (Sky Bet)
Double Chance Arsenal/Draw @23/20 (Bet365)
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