Marseille v Arsenal Preview

September 16, 2013 | By

Betfred - £10 Free Bets No Deposit Required + £25 Matched BetUEFA Champions League action from Group F on Wednesday night comes from Stade Velodrome Stadium and features Marseille versus Arsenal.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 4 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Marseille v Arsenal Preview, Champions League, Wednesday 18th September 2013

Marseille started Ligue 1 in explosive fashion with 3 straight wins but then fell at the hurdle Monaco placed in front of them, and after going up one nil just before half time the away side came out the hungrier team as Falcao found the net within 2 minutes of the restart and then 10 minutes from time Riviere smashed home the winner which then ended Marseilles unbeaten run.

How things have changed for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as fans wanted his head after the opening game to Aston Villa ended with an embarrassing defeat, but since then Arsenal have gone on an incredible run winning the last 5 games with a convincing manner which also included the prestigious win over local rivals Tottenham Hotspurs.

Marseille v Arsenal Team News

Marseille Team News:

With a lot of this weeks talk about controversial signing Florian Thauvin he has recently came out and addressed that he had no regrets over his summer move from Ligue 1 rivals Lille. He hadn’t made a single appearance for Lille and was sent out straight away on loan to Bastia after he signed back in January. His views were that he has joined the club he loves most and he does understand and respect that the Lille fans are angry and disappointed in his forced move on deadline day.

Arsenal Team News:

While we could quite easily focus this report on new signing Mesut Ozil I personally would like to focus on in form striker Olivier Giroud who has now set his sights on this years Premier League Golden Boot award, and who can blame him after scoring four goals in four games and with the addition of Ozil playing behind him he now strongly feels it could be his year which will aid in his cause to finish top striker in the league.

Marseille v Arsenal Head to Head Statistics

01/11/11 UCL Arsenal Marseille 0 : 0
19/10/11 UCL Marseille – Arsenal 0 : 1

Who Has The Advantage?

With only two results to go by you can see that it is Arsenal with the advantage in the head to head statistics which also includes the away win which is always promising.

Average Goals Per Game?

With only 1 going being scored between these two sides from two game it doesn’t feed us much hope that it will be a busy game for either goal keepers. But since then both teams have strengthened so I can imagine a few more than the poor average of 0.5 goals per game as shown.

Marseille v Arsenal Recent Form

Marseille: W W W L D

Arsenal: W W W W W

Arsenal are in incredible form right now having not lost a game since they opening day against Aston Villa and with new signing Ozil applying the assists the goals are starting to tally.

Marseille v Arsenal Match Betting Odds Market.

Marseille are not far off being favourites for this match with the odds currently very low as seen with the best coming in @ 2/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers)

The Draw is not a result being too heavily considered by the bookmakers with the best coming in @ 12/5 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

Arsenal are only slight favourites here and there is not much between the odds by the bookmakers, we have the best coming in @ 6/4 with Betfred – £50 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

Marseille v Arsenal Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

This is going to be a very exciting match come Wednesday evening as we have Arsenal who are on fire right now with five straight wins and who have also eased past local rivals Tottenham Hotspurs which sent the fans into overdrive and it is great to see that long serving manager Arsene Wenger has now regained the confidence of those loyal fans. So lets speak of predictions as that is why we are all here, now although the home side Marseille had a recent blip in their Ligue 1 campaign they are still a very strong side and should not be taken lightly when Arsenal come to face them on Wednesday.

But with looking at both teams results including goals scored and let in you would have to think Arsenal have the strongest chance here, and with Mesut Ozil among the best in the world in regards to assists you would have to put down that if he does play then Arsenal would be in with a very strong chance of scoring a goal or two.

So I am going for a 2 – 1 win by Arsenal, I am giving the French side a goal here because if you look at the results they have so far scored in every game and although Arsenal do have a strong defense I would still be happy to bet they let at least one slip come Wednesday night.

My other prediction would be for Olivier Giroud to score the first goal of the night if he plays, because that is something he has been doing quite early on in every game he has scored so far with all of his goals being scored before the 25th minute mark.

The Verdict

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