SBT-prediction-aug-18-2014

Arsenal have always qualified for the Champions League groups since Arsene Wenger is their coach and look forward to their match against Besiktas as means to increase their self-confidence after a rather shaky win in their opening Premier League clash. Arsene Wenger stated that his World Cup champions will not start in this match, as well as the fact that Gibbs will also miss because of an injury he picked up in the aforementioned match.

Besiktas will lean towards Demba Ba’s knowledge of Arsenal’s style of play, as the former Chelsea striker might turn out to be the most uncomfortable player for the Gunners. Bilic will hope Kerim Frei, one of Besikats’ heroes against Feyenoord will also work around to prevent Arsenal from scoring away goals that will facilitate their eventual group qualification. The home side didn’t start in the Turkish League, but to Arsenal’s advantage, managed to lose a friendly match against Wigan Athletic.

SBT-photo-aug-18-2014

Last year, in this exact stage of the competition, Arsenal eliminated another team from Turkey, Fenerbahce, and look forward to repeat the same result, because as stated by Wenger “We are desperate to go through, no matter what it costs.” He is still unsure whether Koscielny will be able to play, but in case of extreme emergency Wenger is ready to play Mertesacker.

Regardless of the fact that Besiktas intend to exploit Arsenal’s weaknesses and their plan to only rely on Ramsey to score, the Gunners are still the overall favorites to win outright at 1.65 with Unibet. Besiktas to win is at 5.20 and a draw at the end of regular time is at 3.60. Arsenal to lead at half time 2.23, Besiktas at 4.90 and both teams to score is at 1.78. An interesting betting market is Giroud to hit the crossbar, but without it being a goal at 7.00 and we are going to bet 7 units on the second half with over 1.5 goals at 2.00 with Unibet.

Besiktas: Team’s Formation

29
T. Zengin
31
Ramon
22
Gülüm
19
Franco
20
Uysal
10
Şahan
8
Kavlak
11
Pektemek
13
Hutchinson
21
K. Frei
9
D. Ba

Arsenal: Team’s Formation

1
Szczęsny
18
Monreal
6
Koscielny
21
Chambers
2
Debuchy
10
Wilshere
8
Arteta
19
Cazorla
16
Ramsey
17
Sánchez
12
Giroud

End prediction for the match:
Second half over 1.5 goals

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