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Champions League Betting Preview: Napoli vs. Arsenal

The big tilt of the day features Arsenal as it heads to Naples for a clash in which both teams will want to win to advance to the knockout stage. The odds to win are dead even.

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Arsenal comes into the final matchday of the group stage on top of Group F with 12 points. Still, the Londoners find themselves requiring a draw or better to secure qualification into the next round, as both Napoli and Dortmund are eligible to advance.

The Gunners beat the Italian side 2-0 in their Champions League encounter at Emirates Stadium courtesy of goals by Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud. Arsenal will be bouyed by the absence of Marek Hamsik for Napoli, who is an integral part of the hosts' midfield. The visitors can be taken at 2.70 to win outright.

The draw result will see Arsene Wenger's side move on, and if Dortmund loses its match against Marseille, it could also prove enough for Napoli. A tie is being listed right now at 3.10 at William Hill and at 4.00 should both teams score in the match. The latter is a result that I like.

Without the influential Hamsik, Napoli will certainly have its work cut out. The Italians sit in third spot in the table and will need to beat Arsenal by three goals, or simply draw and have the German club lose. If they do beat Arsenal by three, that would payout 10.00. Just don't expect that to happen. Like their opposition today, the hosts come in at 2.70 in the 1x2 markets.

The over 2.5 total goals combined with the both teams to score selection will turn a $10 wager into $25.25. One other bet I like is a Gonzalo Higuain goal to be scored at any point in the match at 2.25. He has three goals in the competition from five matches, and with so much on the line today and an offensive gameplan from Rafael Benetiz certainly in the cards, that could prove valuable.