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Champions League betting preview: Arsenal v Besiktas

26/8/2014
Arsenal’s Champions League fate hangs in the balance as they prepare to take on Besiktas for a spot in European football’s premier club competition this Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger’s side surrendered their 100% record in Champions League qualifiers in a 0-0 first leg draw and saw midfielder Aaron Ramsey sent off for two bookable offences.

The Gunners’ squad suffered a further knock at the weekend with an injury to Olivier Giroud, while Yaya Sanogo and Mikel Arteta are also unlikely to feature.

A 2-2 draw away to top four hopefuls Everton is far from a bad result, but Arsenal are yet to pull out of first gear this season, with summer signing Alexis Sanchez struggling as the Gunners’ main striker and withdrawn at half time.

They will need an improved performance to dispatch a Turkish side boosted by the acquisition of ex-Chelsea striker Demba Ba, 9/1 to score the game’s first goal with Titanbet.

The Senegalese forward almost broke the first-leg deadlock within seconds of kick-off, stinging Wojciech Szczesny’s palms with an audacious attempt from the halfway line.

Nevertheless, Arsenal’s record of Champions League qualification under Wenger makes them hard to look past as 1/3 favourites to progress with Bet365.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain caused problems for the Besiktas defence and hit the post in a lively first-leg cameo. Arsenal’s problems with form and injury in attack makes Winner’s price of 3.00 for the player to score at anytime worth a look.

Tom Lewis
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