The great show of the Champions League starts this evening and one of the most exciting matches will be between the teams of the champion of France Montpellier and Arsenal from England, which this year began the season with high ambitions. The intrigue between these two teams is even greater because the best player and top scorer of the French championship for the last season – Olivier Giroux decided to leave Montpellier and the direction was Arsenal. Although he failed to adapt perfectly to Arsene Wenger’s team, his absence is felt in the team of the champions of France.
The season for Montpellier in France did not start particularly well. With just one win from their first five matches and three losses, the team has the unenviable 16th place in the standings. As host the team failed to win in their two matches so far, finishing 1-1 with Toulouse and lost with 0:1 by the leader Marseille.
The same can’t be said for Arsenal. The gunners started with great pace and allowed just one goal in their first four matches, ending twice with draws and winning away to Liverpool and at home against Southampton. The last game ended 6-1 in favor of Arsenal, which will certainly allow them to come up with even more confidence in their first match of the Champions League.
However, the current form is certainly in favor of Arsenal, but it is not their biggest advantage. It is the fact that Arsene Wenger is French and the French speaking players at the London club are the majority. This will give the necessary priority to Arsenal as they have thorough knowledge of the game of the French team. Of course, the style of Arsenal is not unknown to the French, but it is quite another thing to know everything from the kitchen of a team.
Moreover, the tradition shows that Arsenal begin their first matches in the Champions League in style and I believe today they will not lose this match.
If we see the betting coupons, the bookies have put Arsenal in the role of the favorite in this match, offering odds of 2.1 for their victory. However, as I said I’m sure the guests will not lose this game, but I’m not sure they will win. Therefore, I will try to avoid the risk with a bet on Arsenal with draw no bet, which gives me odds of 1,52.