Arsenal set for bounce-back European win over Greek playthings

With Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Roma all in Champions League action against favourable opposition in gameweek two, there are some skinny prices disappointing accumulator devotees.

Ladbrokes News have still managed to include three of that quadrant in a fourfold that pays £136.40-worth of profit to a £10 stake. Admittedly, not all of the selections are in support of the giants:

Both teams to score in Barcelona v Bayer Leverkusen @ 17/20

Lionel Messi is crocked for the visit of Roger Schmidt’s side, but his absence shouldn’t derail what has been a solid run of BTTS outings for the Nou Camp club.

The net has been hit by each side in each of Barcelona’s last five all-competition outings as Luis Enrique’s side have struggled to find their defensive form.

Leverkusen haven’t kept a clean sheet in six battles with the Spanish giants, but have only been shut out once themselves in that time.

Under 2.5 goals in Porto v Chelsea @ 8/13

Jose Mourinho revisited the Estadio do Dragao in his first season in charge of Chelsea and lost 2-1. Although it’s plausible he could suffer the same result over 10 years later against unbeaten opponents, a game of three goals or more isn’t anticipated.

The Portuguese are unbreached in all three games at home this term and have only shipped more than one strike in a Champions League game there twice in their last 35. The Blues, meanwhile, are far from their best on the road, having won just once in four in the Premier League.

Dinamo Zagreb (+2.0) to beat Bayern Munich @ 5/2

Although Bayern Munich head into their second Group F outing of the season having strung together a nine-game winning streak in all competitions, they face an opponent in a far better groove.

Dinamo Zagreb are 45 games into an unbeaten chain that started in November last year and even managed to brush Arsenal aside in that run of increasing confidence.

Their trip to the Allianz Arena, where Bayern have conceded in their last two, is their toughest test but can be negotiated with a two-goal headstart.

Arsenal to beat Olympiacos @ 2/5

Many would have had the Gunners among their bet-slip selections the last time the Champions League appeared in the schedule, but Arsene Wenger’s men aren’t likely to let so many people down this time around.

Olympiacos have lost all of their last 12 trips to face English opposition in Europe, conceded 37 goals in that time and scoring a measly three. Arsenal have contributed three victories to the Greeks’ run of woe.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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