It will take a miracle for Arsenal to overturn a 4-0 deficit in the second leg of their Champions League tie against AC Milan and the scale of the task is illustrated by the fact that Boylesports make the Gunners 33/1 to qualify for the next round and Blue Square quote the Serie A outfit at 1/100 to get through.
Understandably, given that the onus is on them to prevail, Arsene Wenger’s charges are favourites to actually win the match at the Emirates Stadium, where BetVictor price them at 23/20 but it’s difficult to see them mauling the Rossoneri by the required margin.
Blue Square’s 3/1 for Arsenal to shade it by one subsequently stands out and following his brace against Liverpool, Robin van Persie has to be fancied to set the Gunners on their way by opening the scoring, an outcome BetVictor offer at 9/2.
Benfica bagged themselves a couple of potentially crucial away goals in a 3-2 defeat at St Petersburg and that should be a solid enough platform for them to qualify for the last eight (8/11, William Hill).
Arsenal and Benfica to win – 5/2 (William Hill)