Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund is a common happening, only that now it has much more meaning for the three points. Both teams were off to terrible starts in their domestic competitions, and while Dortmund started climbing back up and celebrating own goals as if their players scored them, Arsenal’s own goals contributed to defeats.
Borussia Dortmund shine only in Champions League, whereas in Bundesliga they are on the 16th place, very close to the relegation zone that even Hamburger SV seemed to have escaped so far. Their latest result is a 2-2 draw against Paderborn, where they also lost Marco Reus for several weeks. Mats Hummels will also be absent from the match, but parts of the German press place Sokratis back in the squad despite his earlier injury, and Bender is also on the list of players under doubt.
Arsenal are currently on the 8th place in the Premier League, and while unrest among the fans has been mounting up, Arsene Wenger looks undisturbed. The loss to Manchester United, where Arsenal started playing some of their best football, but somehow ended up losing was the last straw for Arsenal fans in need of their team to finally undergo some changes.
The hosts are not yet sure they will reach the final stage, and could settle for a draw, but that would mean another potential last sixteen clash against Bayern Munich or even Real Madrid. Arsene Wenger needs to stimulate his team to not be afraid of winning, while Klopp needs to work on his forward line to stop wasting chances and score like last year, all this while Ciro Immobile needs to make right on his Serie A goalscorer name. The first leg ended in a 2-0 Dortmund win, and it was a defining moment for the Germans as everything went downhill from there for them, so maybe they will choose not to win?
We are going to bet 5 units on the reverse wincast market of Aubameyang to score and Arsenal to win with 11.00 odds from William Hill. The bookmaker gives Arsenal 2.40 odds to win, Dortmund 3.00 and a draw has 3.20 odds. Considering the Gunners forgot to register Giroud for the group stage, as the striker recovered earlier the headline offer of Sanchez to score and Arsenal to win with 4.00 odds gains much more value, but you could also go for Welbeck to score with 2.30 odds. Both teams to score has 1.50 odds and over 3.5 goals has 2.62 odds.