Sports Betting: Arsenal v Besiktas

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

After a challenging first leg we look at where to put your money in tonight’s Arsenal v Besiktas Champions League qualifier sports betting preview.

Last week’s game saw Besiktas withstand Arsenal’s strong attack, resulting in a 0-0 draw. A red card for Aaron Ramsey was the biggest talking point after the match as he was given his marching orders for supposed shirt tugging, leaving the Gunners with just 10 men. Nevertheless, neither side scored so there is still everything to play for in tonight’s return game.

Sports Betting: Where will the money be made tonight?

If you’re in the mood for a flutter this evening then tonight’s game presents some attractive markets which are well worth taking advantage of.

Wenger’s side should have dominated the first leg against Besiktas but instead they failed to make an impact. They’ve now left themselves in a vulnerable position tonight as they must win in order to make it to the group stages of the Champions League. This means they’ll need to fire up front and Lukas Podolski is a tempting sports betting option as first goal scorer for the Gunners at 5/1.

Arsenal have shown their fighting spirit recently coming from behind to beat Everton and are priced 7/20 to win this evening.

The strength of the Turkish side is harder to establish since their domestic season has not yet begun, although they did beat Dutch side Feyenoord impressively in the last round of qualifying for the Champions League. They’re priced at 8/1 for tonight’s game with not many punters willing to back the Turkish side at the Emirates.

The sensible money is on an Arsenal win tonight, with odds from Betway putting them at 7/20 to win. Despite losing Giroud to injury at the weekend, they’re the stronger team on paper and have the home advantage. Besiktas’s odds are 8/1 to win in 90 minutes.

A draw is priced by Betway at 15/4 which might be an option, however you can expect Arsenal will be fighting tooth and nail to avoid missing out on the group stages for the first time in 17 years.

Whatever you do, avoid betting on a repeat 0-0 tie (priced by Betway at 23/2). The last 11 Champions League games that Arsenal have played at home have produced goals, so it’s almost guaranteed that one side or the other will score.

Carl Calls It: Back Arsenal to win with Lukas Podolski to score first and a £10 bet will net you a cool £36.