Champions League accumulator: Arsenal and Leverkusen look good

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We’re now one game away from knowing the line-up for the group stages of this season’s Champions League and while the competition promises to showcase many of Europe’s best teams, a fair few will be involved in tonight’s action.

Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen are chief among these with the familiar continental duo included in a fourfold accumulator paying at odds of just over 9/2 this Wednesday.

With wins for Red Bull Salzburg and Ludogorets also included, read on to get the lowdown on our four picks ahead of kick-off.

Arsenal to beat Besiktas @ 4/11

The Gunners will be confident of qualifying for the Champions League for a 17th consecutive season, having dispatched Turkish side Fenerbahce 2-0 at the Emirates at this stage last season.

Arsenal have never lost on home soil in qualifying and should be confident of victory over a Besiktas team that won just one of their last six away from home in the Turkish Lig.

Bayer Leverkusen to beat FC Copenhagen @ 2/9

A 3-2 win in Denmark handed Leverkusen the initiative heading into the return leg at the BayArena and after a 2-0 win away at Borussia Dortmund in the opening weekend of the Bundesliga, which featured the earliest goal ever in the history of the division, it’s difficult to argue against a repeat.

Ludogorets Razgrad to beat Steaua Bucharest @ 11/10

The Bulgarians may have gone down 1-0 at Steaua in the first-leg but they nevertheless look primed for a victory here, having won nine and drawn one of their last 10 at Stadion Vasil Levski ahead of this encounter with a Bucharest team smarting from a 1-0 loss at the weekend.

Red Bull Salzburg to beat Malmo @ 8/13

Malmo may have picked up a priceless goal in their 2-1 loss in Austria but Salzburg will be determined not to let Champions League football slip through their grasp again with what would be a sixth consecutive victory in all competitions.

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

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