iBet: Napoli To Go For The Win In Marseille

Gareth Purnell

Champions League

Marseille V Napoli, kick off 7.45pm

Back Napoli at 7-5

Goal of the Season: Back Patjim Kasami at 6/4 with William Hill

It’s obvious what the bookmakers are expecting when Dortmund play at the Emirates tonight – goals. Over 2.5 goals is only 8/13 and both teams to score is as short as 8/15 in places. Given the way the Gunners are playing and the fact that they have only kept a clean sheet in one of their last eight appearances, it’s easy to see why.

Dortmund are just a point behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and they are the division’s highest scorers too with 22 goals in nine games, although it should be noted that 15 of those have come at home. It is possible the bet on goals has been over-done.

Dortmund’s domestic away games have averaged 2.75 goals this season, but I would not dare put money on a low scoring game given the quality for strikers on show and with Arsenal’s home fixtures in the Premier League averaging 3.5 goals. The match odds market is interesting and there will be takers of Arsenal at 11/8 and Dortmund at 2/1, with the draw a 13-5 shot. It’s the game I’ll be watching, but better betting value could come in the group’s other game tonight where Napoli look bet material at 7-5 to win in Marseille.

The French are struggling a bit in front of goal with only 13 in their ten domestic games so far, and they have lost both their Group F fixtures – 2-1 at home to Arsenal and 3-0 away at Dortmund. Napoli, who sit second in Serie A, didn’t really turn up at The Emirates but they are full of quality and attacking intent and will fancy their chances.


We have treated to a couple of amazing goals in the Premier League and already the betting for the Goal Of The Season is a two-horse race according to the bookies. William Hill have Jack Wiltshire’s magnificent team goal for Arsenal against Norwich installed at 2/1. But leading the betting is Patjim Kasami’s once-in-a-lifetime strike that brought Fulham level against Crystal Palace at 13/8 with the same firm – it’s 6/4 any other goal. Given that he hit the ball on the volley at full pelt with his wrong foot, it is hard to imagine a better goal that Kasami’s, which is up there with the famous Marco van Basten volley for Holland against USSR at Euro 1988.


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