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Champions League tips: Best bets for Arsenal v Porto

11 Mar | BY Adrian Mills | MIN READ TIME |
Champions League tips: Best bets for Arsenal v Porto

Adrian Mills is backing the Gunners to overturn a first-leg deficit at the Emirates and reach the quarter finals with the help of an in-form forward.

Best bets

Arsenal to score over 2.5 goals /

Both teams to score /

Kai Havertz to score any time /

Gunners can expose Porto’s fragile defence

Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target when sliding to a 1-0 defeat at Estadio do Dragao, but they are likely to play with much greater intent in the return match and can turn the tie around with a flurry of goals.

Porto are likely to set up with deep-lying defence as they focus on protecting their slender advantage, but their tactics are unlikely to faze the Gunners, who are accustomed to dealing with cautious opposition.

Mikel Arteta will instruct his players to set a high tempo from the first whistle with the aim of levelling the tie as soon as possible.

Porto will have to deal with the pace of fleet-footed winger Bukayo Saka and the guile of in-form attacker Kai Havertz.

And they must also prepare to deal with a barrage of crosses from a Gunners team which has become extremely dangerous from dead-ball situations.

The Gunners are top of the Premier League’s set-piece scoring statistics with 18 goals arising from corners or free-kicks.

They can hurt teams in many different ways and Porto’s defence may struggle to come up with the answers.

Porto kept only one clean sheet in six Champions League group stage matches and they could soon be overwhelmed by the Gunners, who look a solid / bet to score at least three goals.

Goals could flow in an open encounter

Arsenal’s search for goals may leave them open at the back and allow Porto’s forwards, including dangerous duo Galeno and Evanilson, to make their mark in an entertaining game.

Porto did not have many counter-attacking opportunities in the first leg, because Arsenal were reluctant to play their usual high defensive line. However, the dynamics could be very different in north London due to the hosts’ need to find a way back into the tie.

Porto have carried a threat in the Champions League, scoring 16 goals in seven games, and can find the net at the Emirates with BTTS available at / .

Confident Kai can find the net

Kai Havertz got off to a slow start in his Arsenal career, but he has delivered a string of positive performances in recent weeks and can help his club make further Champions League progress.

The 24-year-old German was often deployed in a deeper role earlier on in the campaign and frequently struggled to make an impact.

However, he has played further up the pitch in recent weeks and has demonstrated his quality by scoring in four successive Premier League matches.

Havertz approaches the Porto game with lots of confidence and looks a tempting / shot to get on the scoresheet.

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