Ludogorets v Arsenal Betting: Bulgarians can contribute to a high-scoring game

Arsene Wenger’s men are ticking along very nicely both domestically and in the Champions League. The bookmakers are expecting the Gunners to have precious few problems blowing away Ludogorets this week, with the visitors priced at just 3/10 (1.30) with Paddy Power.

You can get 17/2 (9.50) on a shock home win with the same firm while 9/2 (5.50) is available on the draw with the same firm. Their price gives some idea of how hard this is going to be for Georgi Dermendzhiev’s men but they’re no strangers to this kind of situation.

The home side are top of the Bulgarian league, having picked up 28 points from just 11 games and they have a goal difference of +22. They’re not ready to compete with Europe’s elite clubs but they’re far from walkovers in this arena, especially given the fact they have gained credible results against the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid in recent years.

It’s tough to oppose Arsenal in the match odds, the Bulgarians are a couple of classes below the Premier League outfit, but there could be some mileage in finding an angle which takes into account just how well the underdogs equipped themselves for parts of the reverse fixture at the Emirates.

That match ended 6-0 to the Gunners, but Ludogorets had 9 shots, four on target. Goalkeeper David Ospina kept the visitors at bay but in truth the ease of which they managed to open up the Gunners’ backline will surely have been a concern to Wenger and his staff.

It’s just 4/6 (1.67) that Ludogorets find the back of the net in front of their own fans with Paddy Power offering punters offering 7/2 (4.50) that the outsiders can score two or more goals. That might be a step too far but the likelihood of goals flowing at both ends could lead us to a couple of worthwhile wagers for this Champions League clash.

Both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73) looks a solid selection given that Tuesday’s hosts should pose a significant threat on home soil. They’ve racked up 13 goals in the three matches since their trip to England and goals look in prospect when the Gunners make the journey to mainland Europe.

With the likes of Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud all getting amongst the goals in recent matches for Arsenal, they should ultimately have too much for the hosts but that’s not to say that things will be plain sailing. Saturday’s meeting with rock-bottom Sunderland in the Premier League still saw the Black Cats register from the penalty spot but the Emirates crowd witnessed their side rack up four goals to secure another three points.

Ludogorets breached the defence of PSG and Basel in their first two Group A games this season and should contribute to a high scoring game here. With that in mind, Arsenal to win and both teams to score could be the way to go for a bigger price at 17/10 (2.70) looks like a solid option for those seeking bigger returns.

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