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Nic Ladds 23rd Nov 2009 - 18:52

Goals could be the menu with Liege expected to serve it up to Arsenal

With such a gulf in class between these two sides it is little wonder that Arsenal are priced at odd of 1/4 to see of a Standard Liege side who are available at 15/2, but could pose the Gunners some problems

Arsene Wenger's side will be aware that while they don't need to win this, a victory would cement their place at the top of the group so there is still incentive there, while Standard will be going all out as a victory here would see them still in with a chance of qualifying from the group, so expect the Belgian side to battle right up until the end.

The Belgian champions could feasibly get a hard fought draw at 19/5 as with Arsenal's injury problems a host of talented youngsters could get their chance, including Carlos Vela up front and he could be the pick at 9/2 to score first if he gets the not with likely partner Eduardo 7/2 and Theo Walcott who should return from injury also 9/2 to bag the first goal.

Eliaquim Mangala (33/1 for first goal) and Milan Jovanovic (14/1) shocked Arsenal at home with two early goals before going on to lose and Jovanovic in particular along with strikers Jonathan Mendes (10/1) and Djeumerci Mbokani (11/1) look the biggest threats to a home back line that does concede quite a few goals and it has been the Gunners attack that has saved them on more occasions than one.

Due to Arsenal's attacking prowess and Standard's need to win this could be quite a high scoring game and while big prices, 4-2 and 33/1 or even 4-3 at 100/1 in favour of the favourites don't look the silliest bets, with a more controlled 2-1 win 13/2 or a shock 2-1 to Standard 20/1 and a 1-1 draw is 15/2.

After Arsenal's 1-0 loss to Sunderland at the weekend, you can be sure that Wenger and indeed the squad may have one eye on this Sunday's game against Chelsea and this means Standard may have a chance of getting something out of the game late on if some of the main players take an early bath.

Thinking along these lines wagers like Standard to come from behind and draw at 12/1 look like they could be an option while Arsenal to do as they did last time against this side and come from behind and win is 6/1.

This looks a tricky match to bet on as due to Arsenal not needing to win it is hard to know how hard they will go for it but after a loss Wenger will want to get back on track ahead of Sunday's big game and they may well be able to make what is simply a gulf in class tell and a bet on Carlos Vela, (assuming he gets to start) at 9/2 looks the best option.

It's not every day you get to back a 100/1 shot so why not have a few quid on a 4-3 Arsenal victory as they have been rampant at home all season and as Standard need to go for it, it would not be surprising to see them score a few of their own.


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