Arsenal host Montpellier at The Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening in the penultimate round of Champions League group stage matches.
Arsenal start as 1/3 favourites to win the match, Montpellier can be backed at 9/1, whilst the draw is available at 4/1. All odds quoted are available with Bet365.
Arsenal can put themselves in the driving seat for qualification to the knockout stages of the competition by disposing of Montpellier in North London. It is little wonder the bookies are taking no chances by offering such skinny odds on a Gunners victory given Arsene Wenger’s side’s home Champions League record. Arsenal’s last Champions League game at The Emirates, when they lost 2-0 to Schalke back in October, was only their third home defeat in this competition in 49 matches.
Reigning French Ligue 1 champions, Montpellier, travel to London in the midst of a poor run of form that has seen them win only three of their 13 league matches this season. Add to that fact they have failed to win any of their last five away matches in all competitions and it becomes apparent why they are a 9/1 chance to win in London, although to be honest the 9/1 looks a little on the skinny side to me. Even at double figure odds I would struggle to be tempted by a Montpellier win. They are propping up Group B with a solitary point and it’s difficult to envisage the French side finishing the group anywhere else.
In the reverse fixture back in September, Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners and I would not be surprised to see the same scoreline on Wednesday evening. 7/1 is the price and is definitely worth a few quid. As neither side has been proficient in the art of clean sheets in recent matches, and several of both Arsenal and Montpellier’s recent Champions League games have seen more than two goals scored, I would recommend bets on both teams to score and over 2.5 goals.
2-1 Arsenal correct score – 7/1 with Bet365
Both teams to score – 5/6 with Bet365
Over 2.5 goals – 4/7 with Bet365
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