Goals galore in the Champions League?
It’s back to the Champions League tonight and, because of some quirk of the fixture format, we’ve got exactly the same matches that we had a fortnight ago, so picking winners should be easy, right?
November 1st, 2011
Well, let’s put that theory to the test tonight by focusing on the British interest in Tuesday’s matches, which see Chelsea and Arsenal in action.
When these two sides met on Saturday, it was all about leaky defences as the Gunners ran out 5-3 winners, so the logic suggests a veritable smorgasbord of goals tonight.
Over at the Emirates, all signs point to bulging nets as Arsenal host Marseille, with Arsene Wenger’s side looking to back up their last-gasp 1-0 success in the south of France.
Since that match two weeks ago, Arsenal have scored ten goals in three game, whilst the visitors have managed to find the net nine times in three games.
Historically, Arsenal do score plenty at home in the Champions League, as we cast our minds back to last season’s 6-0 thumping of Braga and a 5-1 success over Shaktar Donetsk, so we’re going to back Bet365’s offer of 12/5 on more than 3.5 goals.
Boylesports are also a tempting 4/1 on Robin van Persie to score first, which we think is well worth a look at given his form.
So onto game two, where Chelsea travel to Belgium to take on Genk.
The Blues will have been putting in the overtime in defence after Saturday’s debacle (or at least, the should have been) but even if John Terry decides to fall flat on his face again, we don’t think that Genk pose any threat to Petr Cech.
Goals don’t seem to be a problem for Chelsea up front, although two league defeats on the spin will set alarm bells ringing at the Bridge. A Champions League sojourn could be just the distraction that this side needs.
A fortnight ago, Chelsea romped to a 5-0 success and we’re expecting another comfortable victory for Andre Villas-Boas’ side.
Genk vs Chelsea: Chelsea (-2.25) Asian Handicap – 8/5 (Bet365)
Arsenal vs Marseille: Over 3.5 goals – 12/2 (Bet365)
Arsenal vs Marseille: Robin van Persie to score first – 4/2 (Bet365)