Match Preview: Montpellier vs Arsenal
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Arsenal to win:
William Hill are offering the best odds of 5/4 for the Gunners to win away
Bet365 are offering the best odds of 23/10
Montpellier to win:
Bet365 are offering the best odds of 13/5 for Montpellierto win in France.
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Arsenal are in hot form at the moment, whereas the French side are suffering a dip. This Montpellier’s deput campaign in the Champions League and they will struggle to hold out a rampant Gunners side that annihilated Southampton 6-1
Montpellier’s only encounter with an English club was in the 1991 Cup Winners Cup quarter-finals v Man Utd (3-1 agg. defeat).
See below for more match facts
Pro’s opinion – William Duncan
Lukas Podolski heads William Hill’s first goalscorer market at 4/1 and the German striker is sure to go into the clash with Montpellier full of confidence having netted in each of Arsenal’s last two matches.
Olivier Giroud is still looking for his first goal since joining the Gunners in the summer but will relish the prospect of facing his old side.
The 25-year-old looks to be good value at 9/2 with William Hill to mark the occasion with the opening goal of the game while Gervinho, who scored twice at the weekend, is rated as a 7/1 chance to score first on Tuesday.
The Gunners, though, appear to be finding form at the right time and they should be backed at William Hill’s 13/10 while the 9/2 quote from the same firm for Giroud to come back to haunt his old club is also worthy of support.
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Arsenal bagged six goals against Southampton on the weekend, and despite the injury of Szczesny they travel with a strong squad.
Arsenal have never lost an away game in France, winning five and drawing four.
Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet in their last 20 Champions League away games, that was in France against Marseille last season.
Montpellier haven’t won any of their last four home games in European competition, (two draws, two defeats).
More Match Facts
This is the 15th consecutive season Arsenal will play in the Champions League, only Manchester Utd (17) and Real Madrid (16) can boast longer current streaks.
Arsenal have made it past the group stages in the last nine seasons but have been knocked out at the last 16 stage in the last two campaigns.
Their solitary Champions League final ended in defeat against Barcelona in 2006.
Arsenal’s last three away games in France have all ended 1-0 to the Gunners.
Olivier Giroud was the club’s top goalscorer last season with 21 league goals as he spearheaded their attack on their way to the Ligue 1 title.
Stats from opta/Uk Eurosport