Besiktas v Arsenal preview and tips
The Gunners should triumph in Turkey against Demba Ba’s Besiktas
August 18th, 2014
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Arsenal finishing fourth in the Premier League last season means that the London side are once again thrust into the preliminary stage of the competition, with Arsene Wenger’s team making the trip to Turkey this week.
The Gunners will hope to achieve a positive result against Besiktas on Tuesday night, getting the hard work done and laying the foundation for a reasonably smooth passage into the group stage of the competition.
Ladbrokes offer a best price 4/6 about Arsenal winning at the Vodafone Arena, with Slaven Bilic trying to work out a way of stopping a team who have been a permanent fixture in the Champions League group stage for seasons on end.
With Laurent Koscielny struggling to be fit for the match, it might be the case that Per Mertesacker is brought along to be part of proceedings, with Calum Chambers looking steady enough as the other centre half.
Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud is likely to get a start after warming the bench during Saturday’s 2-1 win against Crystal Palace before making a second-half appearance and helping his team to victory.
Arsenal were dealt a similar draw twelve months ago when facing Fenerbahce and they claimed a 3-0 away win on that occasion before finishing the job 2-0 at the Emirates.
Coral offer a best price 1/4 that the London side qualify over the two legs, although Besiktas will be out to try and claim a first leg victory that gives them a fighting chance of mixing it with Europe’s big boys instead.
Bet365 go 9/2 about the Turkish side winning the game and there’s a reasonable case to be made for them scoring in this match, with Arsenal short of defensive cover after the departure of Thomas Vermaelen.
Demba Ba is also a menacing striker and the former Newcastle and Chelsea striker can be backed at 9/1 to score the first of this game.
Aaron Ramsey was the match-winner on Saturday and the Welshman can pick up where he left off, with odds of 15/2 that he scores first although a safer bet is clear to back the midfielder to find the net at any stage of the game.
Both Teams to Score @ 10/11 with William Hill
Aaron Ramsey to score @ 5/2 with Stan James