Football bettng tips and Arsenal v Monaco predictions for tonight’s Champions League last 16 match.
Arsene Wenger got the draw he was hoping for in the Champions League. He welcomes the club he managed for 7 years; AS Monaco, to the Emirates in this glamorous last 16 clash tonight and we have predictions and betting tips.
Despite finishing second in their group, the Gunners will be hopeful of a better result than last year where they were dumped out at this stage to German giants Bayern Munich. Arsenal have underachieved in Europe in recent seasons, being knocked out at this stage for the past 4 seasons. But, have they got enough to overcome Monaco this time around?
Predictions for Arsenal v Monaco
Despite performing abysmally domestically, Borussia Dortmund were able to edge Arsenal out of top spot in group D on virtue of goal difference. In finishing second, Wenger’s men may have dodged a bullet, ending up drawing a relatively unfancied Monaco side instead of Juventus, who Dortmund will face as a result of topping the group. The Gunners won 4 out of their 6 group games, but this undoubtedly should have been 5, had they not disintegrated to let a 3 goal lead slip at home to Anderlecht. Domestically, Arsenal have been in great form of late, winning 7 from their last 9 and sit in third place, 7 points behind second placed Man City.
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Monaco are in similarly good form in Ligue 1 winning 7 from their last 10 games, conceding just 1 goal in the process. They sit fourth in the table, and like The Gunners, they are pushing hard to secure a Champions League place. In this year’s competition Monaco finished top of group C, albeit with fewer points than Arsenal gained to finish second in Group D. Leonardo Jardim’s team boast a great defensive record, conceding just 1 goal in all 6 group games. They also share the joint best defensive record in Ligue 1 with Lyon and will surely prove a tough nut to crack for Arsenal.
Wenger’s team has not failed to score at The Emirates in any competition all season. However, with Monaco’s defensive record in mind, this game bodes for an extremely tight affair. I would be extremely surprised if Monaco come out and attack Arsenal. Whilst having a great defensive record, Monaco are not exactly prolific in attack, scoring just 4 goals from 6 Champions League group games and averaging at little more than 1 goal a game domestically. With all this taken into account, I am predicting a low scoring game.
My first Arsenal v Monaco betting tip is for there to be under 2.5 goals. The best odds can be found with Bet Victor at 31/40.
Whilst looking at the statistics of both team’s seasons, it’s very difficult to tell which way this match will pan out. Arsenal almost always score at the Emirates, but Monaco very rarely concede goals at all. Monaco also pose very little goal threat after loaning Falcao to Man United and selling James Rodriguez to Real Madrid. I feel that due to Monaco’s lack of attacking intent, they may well be penned back inside their own half for the majority of the game. Arsenal play a possession based game and being the home team, they will expect to dominate. Plus, quite frankly, I cannot see Monaco scoring.
Therefore, for my second football betting tip tonight, I predict Arsenal win to nil. The best odds can be found with Bet Victor at 5/4.
In Monaco’s previous 8 domestic games, as well as 5 out of 6 Champions League group games, the score has been either 0-0 or 1-0. This is one of the weirdest stats that I have ever come across due to the consistent lack of goals scored as well as conceded. It brings back memories of the old Highbury chant “One-Nil to the Arsenal”, such is the regularity! Given the stats, I feel that The Gunners’ fans may be singing this old tune again on Wednesday, and therefore my final Arsenal v Monaco prediction is for a correct score bet of Arsenal to win 1-0. The best odds can be found with Bet Victor at 5/1.
Arsenal v Monaco Betting Tips
Arsenal to win to nil – 5/4 with Bet Victor.
Arsenal to win 1-0 – 5/1 with Bet Victor.
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