The boos rang out around the Emirates Stadium on Saturday after Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship Blackburn and the pressure is now undoubtedly on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to prove he was right to rest players in that clash with one eye on the visit of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Bookies however, think the gamble will backfire, Bodog installing the Bundesliga outfit as 23/20 favourites to secure a first leg victory despite Arsenal’s home advantage.
The Rovers reverse aside however, Arsenal’s recent form has been reasonable and determined to bounce back, they can land a share of the spoils in North London, where it’s 7/1 via BetVictor to end one-each.
Bet365 offer a generous 4/6 about both teams finding the net and Lukas Podolski can ensure Arsenal keep up their side of that bargain.
The German international has already struck three times in five Champions League matches this term and keen to notch against his former club, the Gunners attacker is cracking value at 10/3 (Coral) to score at any time.
In the evening’s other encounter, Hills rate Porto at 9/10 to overcome Malaga and that looks about right given that the Portuguese champions are on their own patch. The La Liga high-flyers however, can make sure they stay in the quarter-final hunt by keeping it close so a Porto victory by one is the pick at 27/10 (Ladbrokes).