Arsenal and Chelsea both came away with wins in their opening Europa League fixtures last month and should not stumble against their opposition tomorrow evening, either.
The Gunners face Qarabag, who lost 4-0 at home and 6-0 away to Chelsea in the Champions League last season, while the Blues host MOL Vidi, who place 243rd in UEFA’s rankings.
Our football betting expert has taken a look at the best bets ahead of both fixtures.
Qarabag v Arsenal
Arsenal are on a roll after seven straight wins in all competitions and can keep the feelgood factor going by picking up maximum points at Qarabag in the Europa League.
The Azerbaijan outfit lost 4-0 at home and 6-0 away to Chelsea in the Champions League last season and again look out of their depth here.
Having failed to register any goals in those fixtures, I’m also going to go with an away win to nil as my opening prediction here, which is 11/8 with Grosvenorsport.com.
Qarabag were undone by a couple of slick breaks when kicking off their Group E campaign with a 2-0 loss to Sporting in Lisbon and 13/2 says they are going to lose by the same score line against the Gunners.
Arsenal were superb for 75 minutes against Vorskla Poltava on Matchday 1, with a double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and strikes by Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil putting them 4-0 up. Welbeck is a decent 6/1 to score from inside the six-yard box in Azerbaijan.
Chelsea v MOL Vidi
Chelsea are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions while MOL Vidi head to the English capital on the back of three straight league wins for this first competitive meeting between the two teams.
The Blues are sure to rotate for what should really be an easy home fixture against their Hungarian opponents.
Even with a changed side, they should have more than enough strength in depth to secure an uncomplicated victory here, hence the rather long 18/1 odds for an away win.
Maurizio Sarri’s men have talent in abundance going forward and, even if they decide to rest the likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro, a 3-0 victory definitely still is worth a go at 11/2.
Brazilian winger Willian was the man on the scoresheet in the Blues’ 0-1 away victory over Greek outfit PAOK and the 30-year-old also scored in the game before that, making the 5/1 on offer for him to score first here particularly appealing.
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