Opta Big Match Stats: Aim high in Arsenal v Marseille

Aaron Ramsey remains a value bet to be first goalscorer

The Opta stats are in and Lewis Jones is encouraging punters to get on the goal train at the Emirates...

"Marseille have conceded at least two goals in each of their last seven Champions League games."
Best Bet: Back Over 3.5 Goals @ 8/52.58

Marseille have lost each of their last seven Champions League games, their worst run ever in the competition
Memories of Didier Deschamps lifting the Champions League trophy in 1993 must feel like centuries ago to the Marseille faithful, who have only celebrated one domestic league title since that famous night for French football in Munich. The Ligue 1 outfit have nothing left to play for in this year's competition after losing all four of their matches in Group F, including when comfortably dispatched by the Gunners 2-1 in France. The obvious play is to put faith in Arsenal at 1/41.25 to potentially secure their place in the last 16 with a victory at the Emirates. This betting strategy is only strengthened by the fact that visiting coach Elie Baup has suggested that he will field a team of youngsters. However, no tipster likes advising 1/41.25 pokes. Therefore, to add a bit of bulk to their price, take the 8/111.72 for Arsenal to be winning at half-time and full-time, as they have in their two home European wins this season.
Recommended Bet: Back Arsenal/Arsenal in half time/full time market @ 8/111.72

The French side have conceded at least two goals in each of their last seven Champions League games
Defensively, the French plodders have had problems stopping top-class opposition in Europe, and with Arsene Wenger likely to send his side out in a ruthless mood, goals should be easy to come by for the likes of Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil. Both Napoli and Borussia Dortmund managed to smash three home goals each past Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who has failed to keep the sheets clean in his last nine appearances across all competitions for his club. To their credit though, Marseille did score in three of their four Group F matches, which does make the Arsenal handicap markets tricky to pinpoint. Playing an outright number of goals option looks more straightforward, with over 3.5 standing out at 8/52.58.
Best Bet: Back Over 3.5 Goals @ 8/52.58

Aaron Ramsey has scored two of Arsenal's three goals against Marseille in the Champions League
The stupendous goalscoring form of the Welshman has been one of the success stories of the season as Wenger has helped develop a player to the very top of his game. He has bagged 13 times in all competitions for club and country this term, but still the markets underrate his chances of firing the first goal. It would be completely foolish not to consider the free-scoring hotshot banging in the opening goal at 6/17.2.
Recommended Bet: Back Aaron Ramsey to score first at 6/17.2

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