Arsenal v Barcelona Betting Preview

This formation certainly suits Robin van Persie and the Dutchman has been in incredible form since his return from injury.

Surely this is what the Champions League is all about? Arguably the two greatest footballing sides in the world meet on Wednesday night and The Gunners will be well aware that a positive result is required to maintain any aspirations of progressing to the quarter finals.

Bacary Sagna is unavailable through suspension but playmaker Samir Nasri may be risked after coming back from injury quicker than expected. Abou Diaby is injured and will not feature.

Carles Puyol and Jeffren Suarez are both doubtful for Barcelona ahead of this clash.

Will Barca Fly at The Emirates?

Domestically Pep Guardiola's side have just completed a year on their travels unbeaten. Before Saturday's 1-1 draw away to Sporting Gijon the Catalan's had won their previous 17 away league matches, dating back to the 17th April 2010.

Despite this incredible record their weekend performance as well as their average away results in this years Champions League Group Stages will have given Arsene Wenger hope.

Barca have only one won of their last six away games in the competition while The Gunners won all three of their home fixtures.

The 2-0 victory over Wolves at the weekend now means The Gunners have won five of their last six at The Emirates and the comfortable result will have gone a long way to easing any psychological damage left over from Newcastle's stunning comeback.

Back Arsenal to get the result they need at extremely generous betting odds of 3/1.

Arsenal cannot afford another Messi defensive display

The last time the two sides met Lionel Messi single-handedly destroyed the Arsenal backline with a stunning display that resulted in the Argentinean netting four goals. He has been in scintillating scoring form this season scoring an unbelievable 24 goals in only 20 games. Gael Clichy may be in for a difficult night. Messi is a 4/5 to score anytime during the game.

The problem if you focus solely on Messi is that there are goals everywhere you look. David Villa has 15 in 22 games and Pedro has 12 in 23 and both are 11/10 to score at anytime.

Wenger is unlikely to alter his 4-3-3 formation, despite the opposition being the best in the business at passing the ball. The Gunners will stick to their principles and try to match their opponents pass for pass and break with speed.

This formation certainly suits Robin van Persie and the Dutchman has been in incredible form since his return from injury. He now has nine in last five league matches and many of the Barca players have mentioned that his presence will make this tie different from previous encounters. He is a generous 7/1 to net the first goal.

Due to both teams attempting to play the correct way this is likely to be an open encounter. The last three fixtures between Arsenal and Barca have yielded a total of 12 goals so backing over 2.5 goals at 8/13 may be worth a punt.

Arsenal could not have been handed a more difficult draw after sloppy away performances saw them finish second in their group. However, in order to be the best you have to beat the best, although this one is a lot sooner in the competition than they would have liked.

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 15/02/2011 - 13:11 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Arsenal

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