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Bet on Arsenal vs Barcelona – Messi yet to score on English soil

| 16.02.2011

What a mouth-watering prospect we have in store on Wednesday night when Arsenal entertain the finest team in world football at the Emirates.

In a repeat of the 2010 Champions League, Barcelona are understandably the 1/5 favourites to progress but Arsenal’s home form in Europe is incredible – they have only lost at home to Manchester United in Europe since their move to the Emirates.

Match Odds

Five times the two have met in Europe and Arsenal are yet to register a win against Barcelona, which is why Barcelona are the 5/6 favourites to beat Arsenal with the Gunners available at 3/1.

Having controlled the game at the Emirates last season, Barcelona could only manage a 2-2 draw in a stadium that doesn’t witness many European losses and with Arsenal being such a huge price, punters should back Arsenal at 2/1 in the draw no bet market.

A repeat of last season’s 2-2 draw is available at 14/1 and while Lionel Messi may be yet to score on an English ground, this game promises goals galore.

Total Goals

Barcelona may have allowed the sides in their group just eight shots at goal, but Arsenal are the joint-highest scorers in the competition and both teams to score at 8/13 looks the pick.

Arsenal have just the one clean sheet in their last eight Champions League games and Barcelona, along with Manchester United, are the only two sides to have score more than once in 33 games at the Emirates.

Messi may have a poor record in England but the Argentinean maestro has 13 goals in his last 11 Champions League starts and is 4/1 to score first and 1/1 to score any time.

Red Cards

There have been penalties in the last five European matches at the Emirates and with three red cards in five matches between the two, a penalty to be scored at 2/1, and a penalty to be missed at 9/1 both look good bets.

A £25 stake on Arsenal winning 2-1 would return £325. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.