The first round UEFA Champions League matches kicks off the week. Arsenal begin with a tough trip away to Dortmund and we have some free football betting tips.
Arsenal and Dorrmund are familiar faces to each other having played each other four times since 2011 with the Gunners winning two, drawing one and Dortmund having a single triumph.
It is worth noting from this that Arsenal tend to do well in Germany. Dortmund haven't beaten Arsenal in the two games at the Westfalenstadion. This trend continues to other German teams in Germany. The last German team to beat Arsenal in Germany was Bayern Munich in 2005.
I mention this because, I don't think Arsenal will lose in Dortmund. The bookies however, aren't of the same mind. The draw is available at 12/5 with William Hill. The Dortmund win is available at 21/20 with bet365 whilst the Arsenal win is available at 12/5 with Ladbrokes.
Dortmund are a very good team but odds of 21/20 seem a tad genourous. The German club lost there best goalscoring threat Lewandwski in the Summer whilst their best overall player Reus is also unavailable.
The Arsenal win doesn't tempt to much either though. The Gunners played a tough game on Saturday that will have taken something out of them. Furthermore, the injury to right back Debuchy means Chambers will have to deputise at right back. The youngster has been impressive when called upon but having to start him at right back in a tough Champions League away match is far from ideal.
With those comments you might have guessed that I'm backing the draw. At 12/5 the draw is available at a great price and it shouldn't be missed. If you want a bit more of a risk that still has some security though Arsenal win draw no bet is available at 11/8 with Coral.
Outside of the match result I'm looking at Dortmund to score from set pieces. Last season they scored 36% of their goals from set pieces and already this season Dortmund scored two of their first three goals from corner kicks.
Arsenal meanwhile gave away the equaliser on Saturday to a Martin Demichelis' header from a corner. That header was the fourth time already this season that Arsenal have conceded from a set piece. Goals conceded from set pieces account for 66% of goals against the Gunners this year.
With this in mind centre back Sokratis looks like a great punt. He's a constant set piece threat, he's already scored once this season and is available at 12/1 with bet365. As Ray Winstone would say “git one it!”
Dortmund v Arsenal Top Tips
Arsenal win Draw no bet – Bet Here at 11/8 with Coral
Sokratis to score anytime – Bet Here at 12/1 with Bet365
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