Having sealed a late victory over Crystal Palace in Saturday’s opening Premier League clash, Arsene Wenger’s men are available at 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill to record an invaluable win here as they look to secure safe passage through to the valuable group stage of the competition.
The hosts breezed past Feyenoord 5-2 on aggregate in the previous round but are 4/1 (5.00) outsiders to put themselves in control of this tie by coming out on top at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.
The Black Eagles have not drawn any of their last 13 Champions League matches in Turkey, but you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them being held to a stalemate this time out.
Unwelcome at this stage of the season, these crucial third round qualifiers have become a regular fixture for the Gunners in recent years, and this one in particular will feel all too familiar.
The guests visited Istanbul this time last year to take on Fenerbahce, recording a 3-0 victory that all but secured their place in Europe’s elite competition for the 17th consecutive season under Wenger.
Nevertheless, they will surely be hard pressed to record a similarly comprehensive result this evening against a side that manager Slaven Bilic insists are ‘ready to fight until the end,’ and for whom new signing Demba Ba scored a hat-trick on his competitive home debut last time out.
With that extra firepower added to their squad, a team that have failed to score just five times in their last 26 competitive matches should feel confident of posing a threat tonight, as they seek to gain an crucial home advantage to take to London.
Considering over 2.5 goals have been scored in of Arsenal’s matches against both Manchester City and Crystal Palace so far this season, odds of 4/5 (1.80) appear too good to miss on at least three going in this evening.
However, with the majority of the goals in those two matches going the way of Wenger’s attacking side, the smart money is surely on them out-scoring Turkish opposition for the second season in a row here, at odds of 11/8 (2.38).
|Over 2.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with William Hill||Arsenal to win & over 2.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 11/8 (2.38) with William Hill|
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