Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund Champions League Preview
Arsenal welcome Borussia Dortmund to The Emirates in the Champions League on Wednesday, the Gunners looking to cement a place in the last 16 of the competition.
The hosts will still be smarting having thrown away a 3 goal lead against Anderlecht to draw 3-3 when a victory would have put them through to the knock-out stage and may have a point to prove having suffered a similar fate away to Swansea before the international break. Whatever the result of Saturday’s showdown with Manchester United, its a safe bet that Arsene Wenger will only be targeting a victory in this match.
Dortmund sit firmly atop Group D with a five point advantage over second placed Arsenal, meaning a draw would see them confirmed as winners of the pool. Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ciro Immobile put the North Londoners to the sword in the reverse fixture at Westfalenstadion, but the Germans may now switch their focus to domestic issues having secured a last 16 berth.
Who Will Win?
Barring the most recent encounter from earlier in this in this campaign, there has been little to separate these sides in the last five meetings. There has been one draw in that period and the margin of victory has been just a single goal on three occasions, with each side winning two games a-piece suggesting another close encounter could well be on the cards.
Arsenal are playing a little within themselves at the moment, but are at least still pushing for a European place, while Borussia Dortmund couldn’t have wished for a worse start to their Bundesliga campaign. BVB have won 8 of their last 10 matches in the Champions League, but now that they’re through the Black-and-Yellows will surely be concentrating on improving their lowly position in the domestic competition and they may even field an understrength team against Arsenal.
13/10 with bet365 looks like a fair price for the Gunners to claim what will be a massive home victory, while those looking for a bigger potential payout could follow the trends and opt to back the home side to win by a 1 goal margin.
Will There Be Goals?
Bets on Over 2.5 goals have only clicked twice in the last five meetings, while the last two encounters have seen one side or the other record a clean-sheet, so bets on Both Teams To Score come with a slight risk attached. In spite of those stats, Arsenal’s last 3 games in the Champions League have seen at least three goals in total, so bet365’s 13/20 for Over 2.5 Goals may still warrent some interest.
Who Will Score?
With 12 goals in his last 14 appearances, Alexis Sanchez has to be high on any punters list when looking at First Goalscorer and Anytime Goalscorer bets. Danny Welbeck was withdrawn as a precaution when on international duty, but should be fit enough to feature and is also worthy of consideration having quickly found his feet since moving to Arsenal to lead their scoring charts in this competition.
Adrian Ramos, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ciro Immobile are all tied on 3 goals a-piece for the visitors, with the latter perhaps appealing most in the First Goalscorer market if starting the game.
Correct Score Prediction
Arsenal 2 – 1 Borussia Dortmund – 17/2 bet365