Champions League on Betfair: Arsenal matched at 1.01 before collapsing at home to Anderlecht

It was a glum night for Wenger as his side let slip a 3-0 lead
It was a glum night for Wenger as his side let slip a 3-0 lead

It was a dramatic night of Champions League football at the Emirates Stadium with some huge odds matched - high and low - as Arsenal let slip a 3-0 lead. Mike Norman has the details...

"Not surprisingly the money poured on the Gunners in the Match Odds market and just over £55,000 was matched on them to win the game at 1.011/100 while in excess of £500k was matched at 1.031/33 or lower before the Belgian champions reduced the arrears."

Arsenal were matched at Betfair's minimum price of 1.011/100 to beat Anderlecht in the Champions League this evening before throwing away a three-goal lead in a thrilling game at the Emirates Stadium.

Needing a win to qualify for the knock-out stage of the competition with two group games to spare the Gunners took a 2-0 half time lead - matched at 10.519/2 - thanks to a spot kick from Mikel Arteta and a wonderful volley from in-form striker Alexis Sanchez.

Arteta was matched at 19.018/1 to score the first goal of the game, while a Penalty Taken was matched at 3.814/5.

And Arsene Wenger's men looked in complete control as they went 3-0 up early in the second half thanks to a superb run and finish from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Not surprisingly the money poured on the Gunners in the Match Odds market and just over £55,000 was matched on them to win the game at 1.011/100 while in excess of £500k was matched at 1.031/33 or lower before the Belgian champions reduced the arrears.

Anthony Vanden Borre was the man to get the goal and it was the same player who converted from the penalty spot with just over 15 minutes to go to make the score 3-2.

And with Arsenal hanging on for their lives the inevitable happened in the 90th minute when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home a dramatic equaliser.

The Draw was matched at 250.0249/1 in the Match Odds market while the 3-3 Correct Score hit a high of 200.0199/1 In-Play.

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In tonight's other game involving an English side Real Madrid secured a narrow 1-0 win over a much-changed Liverpool side thanks to a first half goal from Karim Benzema.

The Spanish giants were matched at just 1.292/7 to win with Benzema being backed at 6.411/2 to score first. Both the Under 1.5 Goals option and the 1-0 Correct Score hit a high of 16.5.

Real Madrid remain the 4.47/2 favourites to win the Champions League next May, just ahead of Bayern Munich, 4.57/2, Barcelona, 6.86/1, and Chelsea, 7.26/1.


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