Opta Stats: Arsenal superstar to return to scoring form

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Alexis Sanchez has produced some of his best form in Europe
Alexis Sanchez has produced some of his best form in Europe

The Opta gems say that Alexis Sanchez will strike down Monaco and Atletico Madrid will have a quiet first half in Germany...

"Alexis Sanchez has scored in each of his three Champions League games at the Emirates this season."
Recommended Bet: Back Sanchez to score against Monaco @ 6/42.5

Both matches are on Wednesday at 19:45

Arsenal v Monaco (Sky Sports 5)

Arsenal haven't conceded in three Champions League games against French teams at the Emirates

Monaco's perceived weakness compared to other potential opponents wasn't the only reason every Gooner watching the Champions League round-of-16 draw was hoping to land the Ligue 1 side. Montpellier and Marseille (twice) have visited the Emirates in this competition since its erection and failed to net. Two of those games yielded wins for the north Londoners, whose nine successive home triumphs, six of which came to nil, mean that they must be fancied for another flawless victory.

Recommended Bet: Back Arsenal win to nil @ 5/42.26


Alexis Sanchez has scored in each of his three Champions League games at the Emirates this season

Not since the Chilean sharpshooter's brace at home to Stoke on January 11th has he found the net, but favourable form in this competition will see him return to the scoresheet. In addition to the three group games in which he bagged, he was also responsible for the solitary strike that enabled Arsenal to see off Besiktas in the play-off round. Only that one was the first of its match though, so side with the shorter price for a goal at any time.

Recommended Bet: Back Sanchez to score @ 6/42.5


Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid (Sky Sports 1)

Bayer Leverkusen have lost their last seven games in the Champions League knockout stage

Reliable round-of-16 losers, Leverkusen don't just get beaten when they get this far, they get hammered. With 4-0, 3-1 and 7-1 reverses recorded in three of their last four at this stage, they are very much worth taking on against a Diego Simeone-schooled side. The Argentine has won 13 of his 19 matches as a manager in this competition.

Recommended Bet: Back Atletico Madrid to win @ 6/42.54


Atletico Madrid haven't conceded in 467 minutes, the longest current run in the competition

The watertight Spanish champions shouldn't be overly vexed by an attack that hasn't scored in their last 197 minutes of Champions League action. Leverkusen may not be flush for goals at present, but the Bundesliga outfit didn't conceded a first-half strike in the group stage. Domestically, Los Colchoneros haven't leaked in the first half in four ahead of this German sojourn.

Recommended Bet: Back 0-0 at half-time @ 7/42.7

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