In prolifiic form in front of goal, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Gunners to ensure plenty of entertainment when they welcome the free-scoring Bulgarian minnows to the Emirates St...
High-flying Arsenal will be hoping to maintain their fine recent form when they welcome Ludogorets to the Emirates Stadium for Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
Coming into the match on the back of a six-game winning streak, Arsene Wenger’s men are overwhelming 1/7 (1.14) favourites with bet365 to make it seven in a row here.
Having won just one of their eight previous group stage matches, the Eagles are available at 22/1 (23.00) to pull off a huge shock by coming out on top in London.
The Bulgarians held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw in their last meeting with English opposition, and you can get odds of 8/1 (9.00) on them coming away with a point yet again in this one.
After a difficult start to the season saw them lose 4-3 at home to Liverpool in a match missing a number of key players through injury, the Gunners have gone from strength to strength and are now playing with a definite swagger.
With 17 goals to their name in the last six matches, the hosts will certainly feel confident of having some joy against a backline that has conceded 11 times in their four previous games on the road in this competition.
Nevertheless, after narrowly surviving a couple of scares in their victory over lowly Swansea City at the weekend, Wenger’s team should also be wary of the complacency that saw them twice let the Swans back into the game before holding on for a 3-2 win.
Indeed, Georgi Dermendzhiev’s outfit are not to be taken lightly at this level, having fond the net in all nine of their last nine fixtures – including the last two Group A matches against Basel and Paris Saint-German.
With both sides looking dangerous going forward, even odds (2.00) seem more than fair on over 3.5 goals being scored for Ludogorets’ fourth game in five Champions League matches.