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The worst time of the year for most soccer fans is when the Champions League Final is finished. Which is why it’s such great news to see Matchday 1 finally back.

There are bets that you look at on Tuesday and think to yourself, “Yeah, Real Madrid to beat Manchester City at 1.70 seems nice.” But then you want to squeeze out a little more ROI, so you look at surging Arsenal to beat struggling French side Montepellier at 2.25 and think “Yeah, that sounds sweet.”

Well, so do I.

Typically on Matchday 1 of European play, there are a lot of value bets available because many bettors and, to a lesser extent, bookmakers don’t really know what to expect. That’s why you so see Portuguese and 2011 Europa champs FC Porto paying 2.00 to beat Dinamo Zagreb, or you get filthy-rich Zenit St. Petersburg with odds of 2.70 to beat the cash-strapped Malaga (I love Zenit for the outright win by the way).

So far in the 2012/13 EPL season, Arsenal has surprised most accruing a record of two wins and two draws, including an away win at Anfield two weeks ago.

There is zero doubt that the loss of Robin Van Persie has and will hurt this team over the season, but the addition of Lukas Podolski has complimented Gervinho and Theo Walcott well.

But the addition many are hoping will play tomorrow is Olivier Giroud, who makes his return to Montepellier after leading the club to its first ever Ligue 1 title while also winning the league goalscoring title with 21 goals in 36 league matches.

Despite not having scored yet for the Gunners, Giroud is issued at 6.50 to score first over at Ladbrokes.com, which is just 50 cents more than the aforementioned Podolski, who is more likely the best bet in the Player Market.

The draw result sits at 3.20, while a straight out Montpellier victory is at 3.25. With the French club's struggles so far this season - which has seen it produce four points in five Ligue 1 games so far - it is not a favourable option. If the draw does get in the way, then look at the Asian Handicap which sees Arsenal at 1.53, but go with the outright win instead.

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