Ludogorets v Arsenal: Giroud to fire Gunners to easy victory

Can Olivier Giroud force his way into the starting line-up against Spurs?
Can Olivier Giroud force his way into the starting line-up against Spurs?

We're into gameweek four of the Champions League and Paul Robinson is predicting a comfortable success for Arsenal in Sofia...


"The latter is the one I will be backing as you get nearly a full point bigger at around the 2.427/5 mark, and Ludogorets’ last 10 matches in all competitions have had four goals or more."

Back Over 3.5 Goals @ 2.427/5

Ludogorets v Arsenal
Tuesday November 1, 19:45 GMT
Live on BT Sport


Ludogorets

The hosts are riding high at the top of their domestic league but they are only third in Group A of the Champions League. Finishing third would actually be quite the achievement for them as it would see them into the Europa, but that will almost certainly be decided by the match they have on this ground against Basel as opposed to this one.

It's one point from a possible nine in this group so far and considering the fact that they have had to face PSG and Arsenal, that's not so bad. The concerning thing though is that they were thrashed 6-0 by the Gunners at the Emirates a fortnight ago, and it's hard to see them bridging that gap too much, even with home advantage.

Georgi Dermendzhiev's side were played off the park that night and even though they've had a pair of 4-0 wins and a 5-3 win in Bulgaria since then, with respect to the Bulgarian leagues, it's not even close to the same level as this.


Arsenal

The Gunners have been quietly going about their business while the talk in the media has been focusing on the Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Chelsea. Arsenal have not only amassed 23 points from their opening 10 Premier League fixtures, they've also gone unbeaten in Europe - drawing at PSG and then beating both Basel and Ludogorets to nil at home.

Arsene Wenger has done all of this while changing his personnel around slightly as he's shifted Alexis Sanchez to a central striker role and brought Theo Walcott in from the cold. Olivier Giroud served his manager with a reminder of what he's all about at the weekend though as he came off the bench to net a quick fire brace, when they needed a winner in the final 20 minutes against Sunderland.

I would imagine that Wenger will give at least a couple of his fringe players a go in this one as they should still have enough to win the game and they have the North London Derby coming up on Sunday.


Match Odds
Ludogorets 10.09/1 Arsenal 1.341/3 The Draw 6.05/1


This isn't the market for me as I think Arsenal will win quite comfortably, but I don't like to tip long odds-on shots as singles. The argument could be made that the English side will have one eye on Sunday, but they have a decent away record in this competition over the past few years and the players couldn't be in much better form.


Over/Under 2.5 Goals
Over 2.5 Goals 1.584/7 Under 2.5 Goals 2.6813/8


This fixture is all about goals for me and not only do I think over 2.5 will land, I think over 3.5 has a great chance as well. The latter is the one I will be backing as you get nearly a full point bigger at around the 2.427/5 mark, and Ludogorets' last 10 matches in all competitions have had four goals or more.

The same can be said for three of Arsenal's last five outings and they've netted four times in three of their last four on the road.


First Goalscorer

The signs are pointing towards Olivier Giroud being given a start at Stadion Vasil Levski and if Saturday is anything to go by, the French international looks intent on proving a point to his manager.

He scored twice in just a few minutes at the Stadium of Light and he will surely get plenty of chances here. He can be backed at 4.03/1 to open the scoring but it's always worth waiting for the confirmed team news before placing a bet - just on the off chance he's benched.


Recommended Bets

Back Over 3.5 Goals @ 2.427/5
Back Olivier Giroud to score first @ 4.03/1


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