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Inter take a 1-0 lead to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League quarter finals (17:30) before Barca host Arsenal (19:45) with the game level at 2-2.
After an hour of last week’s Champions Leg quarter-final, first leg clash between Arsenal and Barcelona, all seemed lost for the Gunners, who were 2-0 down and all at sea, however, Arsene Wenger’s men battled back to land a draw at the Emirates and at least give themselves a glimmer of hope in terms of qualification.
Nevertheless, on home soil, the defending champions are expected to get the job done; Pep Guardiola’s side a safe-looking 1/7 with Ladbrokes to reach the semi-final and 4/11 at Betfred to triumph in tonight’s second leg at the Nou Camp.
Bet365 make the Gunners 11/2 to progress and Betdaq chalk them up at 8/1 to prevail in the match, a result that would guarantee qualification but the absence of inspirational skipper Cesc Fabregas is a big blow for Wenger’s charges, who are also without the likes of William Gallas and Andriy Arshavin and they face an uphill struggle in Spain.
Barca of course have several notable absentees themselves, defensive pair Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique are suspended while their two-goal hero from the first leg, Zlatan Imbrahimovic, picked up a knock at the weekend but they have enough in reserve and Lionel Messi – at 11/4 (Stan James) to break the deadlock – can exploit Arsenal’s patched up defence and fire his side to victory.
With both rearguards weakened it’s a match that promises goals, however, Jaxx.com’s 1/2 for it to produce three or more is a touch skinny so a tally higher than 3.5 may be worth the extra risk at 5/4 (888Sport). Alternatively William Hill chalk 4/6 against both teams finding the net, Totesport offer 10/11 for the opener to occur before the 28th minute and for the ambitious a 3-1 Barcelona success is on offer at 11/1 with Partybets.
In Moscow, CSKA have once again been underestimated ahead of their second clash with Inter. Only 1-0 down from the first leg, the hosts look huge at 5/1 (Betdaq) to make it through at the expense of Jose Mourinho’s side who make for no appeal at 1/6 with William Hill.
Certainly CSKA Moscow are overpriced, on home soil, at 12/5 courtesy of Victor Chandler to win the match at the Luzhniki Stadium, where an upset could be on the cards.
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