No team qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League last season without winning at least one of their away games in the group stages and a visit to Marseille may prove Arsenal’s best chance of a victory on the road in this campaign.
It is somewhat surprising that Marseille are regarded as the outsiders of the group, despite coming from pot two, and there are other reasons to believe that Arsenal’s current odds of 6/4 to triumph will shorten by kick-off.
Arsenal have won their last five in all competitions since losing their Premier League opener to Aston Villa, while they have left victorious on each of their last five visits to France.
In total, they are unbeaten in nine French visits too, while Marseille’s domestic form has taken a small blip of late, with just one point from their latest two fixtures.
Marseille are 2/1 to beat Arsenal and get their Champions League campaign off to the perfect start, with the draw on offer at the same price.
What is notable about these five victories is that they have all come by a single-goal margin, either ending in 1-0 or 2-1 Gunners triumphs.
The price on Arsenal to win by one goal is 31/10, while 18/5 is available in the coupled correct score market, if they win 1-0 or 2-1.
Arsenal’s squad is certainly stretched ahead of their French trip and Arsene Wenger has even hinted that he may be struggling to name a full quota of seven substitutes.
The good news is that Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil have been passed fit, with the former being the only striker available to Wenger.
Giroud has scored in five of Arsenal’s six games in all competitions so far this season and so 7/4 may be deemed a solid price that he is on target again at any time in the 90 minutes.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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