Arsenal face Monaco in the Champions League last 16, starting at home, and having avoided giants such as Barcelona and Real Madrid the Gunners will feel they got just about the best draw they possibly could.
Monaco sold some top players in the summer, with Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez both no longer at the club and they are not the force they were last season. That said, despite a slow start in Ligue One they have picked up in recent weeks and will not be a pushover here.
Arsenal come into the game full of confidence with almost a clean bill of health, a solid 2-1 win at the weekend and, after eight wins in their last nine games (in all competitions) they are well set in both the FA Cup and the Premier League, currently sitting third in the latter. They have won their last six home league games and will certainly fancy their chances here and having looked tighter at the back whilst still a threat going forward, Arsenal fans will be expecting no less than a decent win.
However, the idea that Monaco are a poor side is false. They started the season badly and were in the bottom half of the league after 10 games but they have lost just twice in their last 17 matches in France and are currently fourth. Moreover, they have the best away record in France and remarkably have conceded just one goal in their last 10 games.
For those looking to have a bet on this Champions League contest, Betfair have a promotion that might be of interest. Money Back Extra lets you select an event in the game that will trigger cashback on losing bets in select markets. The triggers you can choose from are Alexis Sanchez scores first, Arsenal win and both teams score, Arsenal win exactly 1-0, 4 goals or more in the game and Dimitar Berbatov scores at anytime.
Just opt in to the promotion by choosing your trigger and then place a bet of up to £25 in the Betfair Sportsbook on either the anytime correct score, first, last, or anytime goalscorer or correct score. If your bet loses but your trigger occurs, Betfair will refund your stake as a free bet up to £25.
In truth we suspect this will be a close, low scoring game and so backing 0-0, 2-0 to Arsenal or even 1-0 to Monaco look like good options to try at long odds with the trigger of a 1-0 Arsenal win as insurance. Alternatively backing no goalscorer in the first goal market could be good, again with that same trigger.
Ultimately there are many options from which to choose but whatever bet you place, this promotion means that even if you lose you could still get a second bite of the cherry so it’s well worth using Betfair if you like betting on any of the cashback markets.