Marseille have won both of their Champions League fixtures and have yet to concede a goal but they haven’t convinced domestically so far this term, winning just one and drawing six of their opening ten matches and it’s that form that will offer Ladbrokes’ 9/4 chances Arsenal encouragement ahead of their trip to the south of France.
The hosts are 7/5 favourites with Boylesports and while they have proven solid at the back in Europe of late, they come up against a strong, enterprising Gunners attack capable of breaking them down. At the other end, Marseille perhaps lack a bit of cutting edge but they face a slightly vulnerable Arsenal rearguard and combining all of these factors, the two sides could cancel each other out to share the spoils, an outcome Sportingbet offer at 12/5 and one neither side would be too unhappy about.
Ladbrokes mark 6/1 against a 1-1 scoreline at the Stade Velodrome, where Robin van Persie could make an impact for Arsene Wenger’s men. The Dutchman bagged a brace, including a goal after just 29 seconds, as Arsenal edge out Sunderland at the weekend and Boylesports quote him at 6/1 to break the deadlock in this one.
Chelsea have, on paper, a more straightforward assignment as they host Genk and the odds reflect as much, Stan James pricing Andre Villas-Boas’ charges at 1/8 to defeat the Belgian outfit. Punters can boost their potential winnings by backing the Blues at 4/6 (Skybet) to prevail ‘to nil’ or alternatively, Sportingbet price Chelsea at 19/20 to come out on top by at least three goals.