Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund: Why a Sanchez goal is among the best bets

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Borussia Dortmund only need a draw to progress as group winners here so the onus will be on Arsenal to go on the attack, with the Gunners requiring a victory to secure their place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Arsene Wenger’s team head into the game as slight favourites for victory at 11/8 with Ladbrokes while their Bundesliga opponents can be backed at 2/1 with the bookmaker and the draw is available at 5/2.

But with the two sides trading wins against each other in recent times, it could be a safer bet to opt for any one of the following three tips.

Alexis Sanchez to score anytime @ 13/10

The former Barcelona man has been the one bright spot in an otherwise grey start to the season for the Gunners, scoring seven goals in his first nine Premier League games for the north London club.

And after netting in each of Arsenal’s previous three home outings in this competition, the 25-year-old looks the pick of the bunch to score against a Dortmund side that has kept just one clean sheet in their last three competitive games.

First Half Result – Draw @ 5/4

With Dortmund likely to sit back and hit Arsenal on the break, the first-half could be something of a turgid affair with the Gunners probing BVB for any potential defensive weakness.

And if they fail to get through, or score but find themselves conceding on the counter-attack, this could be one way to keep you smiling during 45 minutes of nervy action at the Emirates.

Final Result – Draw with both teams scoring @ 10/3

The two most recent meetings between these sides at the Emirates in the Champions League have resulted in goals for both teams and with Arsenal drawing 3-3 with Anderlecht last time out in the competition, a score draw could be the way to go.

Dortmund have proven defensively dodgy of late and head into this game off the back of a 2-2 draw with newly-promoted Paderborn. With the Germans only requiring a draw to progress, this could be the way to go.

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

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