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Arsenal v Olympiakos: Gunners goals best for money making

| 03.10.2012

It is hard to back against Arsenal winning at home to Olympiakos, but punters looking for better Champions League value should focus on how many goals the Gunners will score.

Arsenal are 1/3 to beat Olympiakos, but be warned that short prices do not guarantee victories in the competition, as Bayern Munich found out when beaten in Belarus by BATE.

Lightning is unlikely to strike twice in London, but the 11/10 is the preferred bet that Arsene Wenger’s team score either two or three goals against Olympiakos, which is available in the Arsenal Goal Crazy market.

This is the third occasion in four seasons that the pair have been put in the same Champions League group, with the four previous meetings all ending in home victories.

What is especially worth noting is that in each of Arsenal’s successes, they scored exactly two goals.

However, Arsenal did play a slightly weakened team in their 2-1 triumph 13 months ago, with Emmanuel Frimpong, Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh all earning starts.

A stronger line-up can be expected this time closer to that widely seen thus far in the Premier League and so the inclusion of three goals in the given bet could prove valuable cover.

Meanwhile, it should also be remembered that Olympiakos are no mugs, despite the impression that they are bad travellers in Europe.

They did triumph in Marseille last season and were only sunk by the odd goal in Dortmund.

Olympiakos have a perfect league record this season of five wins from five games, but the absence of leading goal threat Rafik Djebbor is a big blow.

It is 8/1 that Olympiakos beat Arsenal and there is every chance they may play adventurously, as they desperately need points after losing their opening Champions League fixture at home to Schalke.

The draw can be backed at 4/1.

All odds and markets correct as of publication

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.