ARSENAL look to continue their excellent form on Wednesday when they face Ludogorets in the Champions League. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) brings the bets.
Arsenal v Ludogorets | Wednesday 19:45 | BT Sport Europe
It’s hard for one’s eye not to fall on Arsenal at the moment. Arsene Wenger’s side have won their last six matches and are on an unbeaten run of 10 games since their opening weekend home loss to Liverpool.
Perhaps what’s most impressive about this run is the fact that at times they’ve looked decidedly un-Arsenal. Last month they crushed their bogey team Chelsea 3-0 and despite not playing well against Southampton and Burnley they emerged with three points.
Cynics like me are ready to pounce on an Arsenal collapse (after all, it’s in their DNA) but it’s hard to make a strong case for that tonight against Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Champions League despite their huge odds.
This side have had a somewhat mixed bag of results in Europe in recent seasons. In 2013 they won their Europa League group before knocking out Lazio in the knockout stages the following Spring.
In 2014/15 they reached the Champions League group stages and managed to beat Basle and draw with Liverpool on home soil. Yet last year they were eliminated in the early rounds by a Moldovan club. Quite the contrast eh?
This season they’ve hardly disgraced themselves. After negotiating three qualifying rounds they’ve taken a point in Switzerland against Basle and gave PSG a test in Bulgaria despite a 3-1 loss.
The Bulgarian outsiders are going off a massive 25/1 here and that’s against a side who lost at home to Olympiakos last season at this stage and were beaten by Dynamo Zagreb.
This might be an opportunity for Arsenal’s players to take their foot off the gas a little and perhaps their manager might indulge in some healthy rotation. After all, it’s only Ludogorets.
Yeah, I’m going to take a chance on Arsenal being a little flat here. It’s just a hunch but we now they’ve struggled in the Champions League against smaller teams in the past and are now moving into territory (six wins in a row) where their form dips.
Two prices that look too big are Draw/Arsenal in the Half-Time/Full-Time betting at 19/5 with BetVictor and the 24/11 on Under 2.5 Goals. At the odds I’ll get involved.
Arsenal v Ludogorets – Draw/Arsenal (19/5 BetVictor)
Arsenal v Ludogorets – Under 2.5 Goals (24/11 Marathonbet)