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Goals at Arsenal and Man City win among top Champion League bets

| 24.10.2012

Our tips for the opening night of gameweek three Champions League action could not have gone any worse, but we are far more confident about our four selections for the remaining fixtures.

Arsenal and Manchester City both feature and backing all four predictions in an accumulator pays out at a cheeky 17/1.

Man City to beat Ajax @ 4/5

If the gulf in class is not enough to persuade punters that Man City will win, the fact this game is almost a must-win encounter after failures to beat Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund must get the players up for it.

Ajax have also been fairly dreadful at the back domestically this season since the departures of Jan Vertonghen and Gregory Van Der Wiel and this was none more evident than their latest Dutch clash when drawing 3-3 with Heracles.

Arsenal v Schalke: Over 2.5 goals @ 4/6

All four games in Group B have crossed this line so far and Arsenal are without a clean sheet in their last eight fixtures in all competitions.

Schalke have also scored exactly two goals in their last five away games, which includes a success at Dortmund in their last encounter.

Arsenal may have come unstuck against Norwich, but it is hard to envisage them not scoring again here.

PSG half-time/full-time to beat Dinamo Zagreb @ 6/5

Zagreb lost all six of their Champions League outings last season and are not performing much better in this campaign, with successive 2-0 defeats to Porto and Dynamo Kiev.

The Croatians have conceded in the first half of both games and can be expected to do so again, especially with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the home ranks, who has five goals in his last six group-stage fixtures in the competition.

PSG have also won six games this season and in five of these they have been ahead at the interval.

Porto (-1) to beat Dynamo Kiev @ 13/8

Dynamo Kiev’s sole victory in their last 15 Champions League away games may have come at Porto in 2008, but lightning will not strike twice here.

Kiev have lost five of their nine away games this season, including the last four on the spin, while a monster clash with Metalist Kharkiv over the weekend was not ideal preparation ahead of a flight to Portugal.

Porto have effectively been off since the international break to recharge their batteries and are supremely dominant on their own patch domestically.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.