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Arsenal vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Eduardo returns to the Emirates

| 19.10.2010

Eduardo will make a return to the Emirates on Tuesday night and his Shakhtar Donetsk side will be quietly confident of an upset as they enter the game having won all seven of their previous seven matches.

In that time, Shakhtar have scored 20 and conceded just twice, and this home tie for Arsenal will prove crucial in whether they top the group or not.

Match Odds

Arsenal will be boosted by the returns of Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner as they seek a win which would send them top of Group H – they are 8/13 to win.

But the absence of Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny will be a blow to Arsenal’s chances as they have yet to keep a clean sheet in six games and are up against a free scoring side.

Shakhtar are without influential midfielder Fernandinho but may be boosted by the return of Douglas Costa who will face a late fitness test – Shakhtar are 9/2 to win.

Total Goals

Arsenal will know all about Eduardo but the Gunners defenders will need to be weary of Luiz Adriano who has seven goals in his last seven games and is 5/2 to score any time.

But Marouane Chamakh has scored seven times in his last eight Champions League appearances and has started strongly at Arsenal, he is 1/1 to score any time.

In the last five Champions League ties involving Arsenal, there have been six penalties and 2/1 is available for a penalty to be awarded and scored, or 9/1 for the penalty to be missed.

Braga vs Partizan Belgrade

Braga have conceded nine goals so far but were unbeaten at home in the Portuguese league last season and are 4/5 to beat a team that has never won a Champions League match.

11/4 is available for Arsenal and Shakhtar to draw. See the full Arsenal vs Shakhtar Donetsk betting odds market here.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.