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Adam Bate expects the German side to be up for this one on Lukas Podolski's return but Arsene Wenger's side can make their superiority count after the interval

The build-up to this game will be dominated by the presence of Lukas Podolski as he returns to FC Koln, the club he joined Arsenal from this summer.

Although there was a brief and disappointing stint at Bayern Munich, Koln is also the club that Podolski began his career with – so it is with some disappointment that he returns with the side preparing for a season in the second-tier.

The return of Podolski only serves as a painful reminder of the sort of star names the club has been shorn of for the forthcoming season.

The current crop will be hoping to give the home fans something to cheer about with a morale-boosting win and they can be backed at 4/1 (5.0) with Paddy Power to upset the Gunners. The draw might be a more plausible result and that’s available at 5/2 (3.5).

But while Arsene Wenger’s men will allow Podolski to be the focus of attention here, there is the serious matter of preparing for a Premier League season.

Wenger has spent significant money introducing quality players such as Santi Cazorla and a strong start to the season could yet galvanise some of his want-away players into rallying to the cause. Arsenal are 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power to win this one against the Bundesliga 2 side.

Although that’s the result that many will expect here, it would be no surprise if the north London side concede a goal.

They struggled defensively at times during their pre-season tour of Asia and, with the Koln fans likely to be out in force, expect the opposition to find a way through here.

Arsenal can be backed to win 2-1 at 13/2 (7.5) with Paddy Power, while the 11/1 (12.0) price for a 3-1 victory represents a good value bet in this one.

But the Gunners may have to wait for their breakthrough. Koln can be expected to fade as the initial crowd enthusiasm wanes and the inevitable substitutions come.

Expect Arsenal’s quality to count after the interval and back draw/Arsenal in the half-time/full-time betting at 7/2 (4.5) with Paddy Power for the pick of the bets.


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Draw/Arsenal at HT/FT at 7/2 (4.5) with Paddy Power
Arsenal to win 3-1 at 11/1 (12.0) with Paddy Power

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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