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Arsenal v Montpellier Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions

Gunners look to break home duck against French sides

19th November 2012 / Lee A Jackson
Champions League

Arsenal v Montpellier Betting Preview
The Gunners suddenly find themselves in a scrap to take top spot in Group B. After a solid opening, a loss and a draw against Schalke has seen Arsenal head into Match Day Five trailing the Germans by one point. Greek side Olympiacos are just one point back from the Gunners as well, so there is a bit of pressure mounting. Fortunately, French side Montpellier have picked up just one point so far, so this could give the Gunners a chance to seal qualification at least, if they and Schalke win on Wednesday night.

Arsenal v Montpellier Betting Odds at online bookmaker Unibet
Arsenal 1/3, Draw 4/1, Montpellier 9/1

Arsenal v Montpellier Recommended Bet:
It was a story of a flurry of goals inside the first twenty minutes of the match in Montpellier when the two sides met on Match Day One. Arsenal found themselves fighting back from a goal down to take a 2-1 victory, even though most of the pressing came from the French Champions. There is one very interesting stat about this game, and that is Arsenal have never beaten French opponents on home soil. Can they overcome that and get over the speed bumps that were the Schalke games to get an important win under their belt. Arsenal have their long unbeaten home run snapped by Schalke in October, but this is a chance to respond against the Champions League debutants. That defeat against Schalke was Arsenal’s first defeat at home in Europe against non-English sides, for 45 matches, a run stretching back to 2003. The Gunners were good at home last season, winning four of their five games at the Emirates, but it was against French opposition where they tripped up, drawing with Marseille. Focus again will be on the Gunners striker Olivier Giroud who moved from Montpellier to Arsenal in the summer. After being under a bit of pressure this season, Giroud finally seems to have rediscovered his scoring form. The meeting on Match Day One was their first meeting with Montpellier and could be this the match where Arsenal finally break their Champions League home duck against a French Side? Arsenal have a W0 D2 L2 home record against French sides.

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The best that the French Champions, who have been disappointing, can achieve, is third place in the group and a shot at the Europa League. So they have something to play for, but need to win their final two matches to do so. They’ve had a major fall this season, sitting in the bottom half of Ligue 1 and nowhere near as good as they were last season. There shouldn’t be too much to trouble the Gunners, especially after their win over Spurs in the Premier League on the weekend. Montpellier’s only point in their first Champions League campaign came on the road when they surprising held Schalke to a 2-2 draw. They did lose away at Olympiacos after that though. The only other time that Montpellier have faced English sides was back in the 1990/91 European Cup Winners Cup when they held Man United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and then lost at home in the reverse leg. Arsenal should have enough to get past the French side and get the job done. Montpellier have been level at half time in three of their four matches so far, so it may be worth looking at a Draw/Arsenal Half Time/Full Time bet for a price of 3/1 at online bookmaker Unibet.

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