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David Thompson 2nd Oct 2012 - 18:35

Wednesday's Champions League preview

Arsenal v Olympiakos

19:45 - live on Sky Sports 4

Arsenal go into their Champions League fixture against Greek side Olympiakos as the 4/11 favourites. Their victory in France against Montpellier will have eased the pressure on Arsene Wenger's side that will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing result to Chelsea in the Premier League.

Olympiakos, the 7/1 outsiders, are likely to press hard at the Emirates after a home defeat in Matchday One to Schalke. Despite their position Olympiakos are experienced in European Cup football and the odds in my opinion rather flatter the North London side.

Nevertheless, The Gunners are 1/2 to qualify without losing a game for a reason. Arsene Wenger with the help of Steve Bould has got the side singing off the same hymn sheet and once they master the zonal marking system at set pieces, that has been the only cause of concern, Arsenal are sure to go far in the competition.

Notable absentees will be Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby, however the strength in depth appears to be there this season despite Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong still not quite ready for first team football.

Lukas Podolski has settled in well at the Emirates and is the focus of our Headline Offer. The German international has been enhanced from Even Money to 6/4 to score any time in an Arsenal Victory.

At 16/1 to win the Champions League Arsenal may still be considered a bit of a 'Gunners Fan Only' bet, and they do still have some way to go if they are to emulate Chelsea's feat of last season. However with returning players and room for improvement a cup run could well be on the cards, and I do not expect a slip up on Wednesday night against Olympiakos.

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Even Money about Arsenal To Score Both Halves

Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund

The Clash of the Champions, as Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund in the ‘Group of Death'. Manchester City hearts were broken in their Champions League trip to Madrid, which saw them lose a late 2-1 lead to a powerful Cristiano Ronaldo effort with only minutes remaining after Karim Benzema curled a tight effort past Joe Hart. Looking to rebound at home, City are a 23/20 chance with William Hill with Dortmund 13/5 to pick up a very important victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Borussia Dortmund have won two consecutive German titles, and with a raft of attacking talent, they are a threat to any team who dare challenge. Manchester City are renowned for a solid defence, boasting Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Pablo Zabaleta in their back line, however Polish forward Robert Lewandowski is a strong attacker, who has a range of power and finesse that can trouble any team that he comes up against.

Of course, Manchester City have their own attacking prowess, and with Sergio Aguero, David Silva, plus a whole host of other attacking talent pose a constant threat to any opposition, as Madrid found out by conceding two well worked goals at the Bernabeu.

At 11/1, Manchester City look like great value to win the tournament, and if they can win here against Borussia Dortmund, they are well worth £10.



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