Arsenal vs FC Basel Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Basel are an old head when it comes to European competition, but they have a big challenge on their hands in dealing with a confident Arsenal side. As always, the Gunners were slow off the mark, but their weekend thrashing of Chelsea provides a boost.Below are our predictions, betting tips and preview.
Game:Arsenal vs FC Basel
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Kick-off: Wednesday 28th
As per usual, Arsenal were beaten in their opening game of the season. It took them until their third match to put some points on the board after they played out a 0-0 draw against Leicester. But a good run of form was encapsulated by their weekend win over London rivals Chelsea, so the Gunners should be confident going in to this game.
FC Basel continue to dominate their domestic league which is no surprise. They have looked more dominant than ever this season and remain on course for yet another title. Basel have won all nine games so far, already opening up a 13 point gap between them and second placed Young Boys. It should be said the rest of the league do seem to be under performing this season.
Their domestic form is a given and they'll be confident as always, but they are facing a side of much better quality in Arsenal. These sides have not met in European competition before.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
Arsenal are best odds 2/5 with Stan James which doesn't make for great value, but it could act as an accumulator addition. The draw can be backed at 9/2 through Bet Victor whilst visitors Basel are available at 17/2 with 888Sport to cause an upset.
Arsenal made very light work of Hull and Forest prior to beating Chelsea and those games seemed to have helped them find their attacking flow. It's 10 goals in three games for Arsenal and even the forgotten Theo Walcott has been getting in on the goals. Theo has scored in two of his last three games.
We've seen six of Arsenal's eight games feature at least three goals now, and that in part has been down to the pure brilliance of Alexis Sanchez who already has four goals and a bundle of assists. Basel's biggest attacking threat is their strength in depth. Doumbia poses a real threat to the back line, but even midfield rock Bjarnsson has been getting in on the act.
I think there's a high possibility of goals here, and it's Arsenal who should score more of them. I think we're getting good odds on Arsenal to win and Over 2.5 goals at 10/11 with Coral. Near even money for what I consider to be a sure bet.
Basel have seen no fewer than six of their games feature four or more goals, whilst Arsenal have reached three goals in five of seven domestic games. Back Arsenal to win 3-1 at best odds 10/1 with Unibet.
Finally, the man in form for the Gunners is Alexis Sanchez. Basel are gritty, but they don't have the quality to stop the little Chilean driving through their midfield. Back Sanchez to score at odds of 21/20 with Stan James.
Free Betting Tip
Arsenal & Over 2.5 Goals - 10/11 with Coral
Correct Score Prediction
Arsenal 3-1 - 10/1 with Unibet
Alexis Sanchez- 21/20 with Stan James