Bet Live on Champions League Qualifiers: Arsenal vs. BesiktasPublished August 27, 2014 by Amir G
Arsenal takes on Besiktas in the second leg of the Champions League qualifiers in a game that will determine who makes it to the group stage (7:45pm UK time).
The Emirates Stadium is the venue for today's second leg UEFA Champions League qualifier match between Arsenal and Besiktas (7:45pm UK time). Last match in Turkey saw these two off with a disappointing nil-nil draw. Tonight is a season defining fixture for both teams as a win means £25 million that the club will receive for securing participation in the Champions League Group Stage.
Arsenal are the side in peril, the nil-nil draw in Turkey means that they would be knocked out from a score draw. The Gunners' technical side was lacking to put it lightly last week in Turkey, with the team seeming sluggish on its movement on the pitch and its ball passing.
Coach Arsene Wenger is going to have to make tough calls with the lacking line-up he will have tonight, as yesterday it was confirmed that striker Olivier Giroud is ruled out until New Year due to an ankle injury he suffered against Everton on Saturday; this is in addition to Aaron Ramsey being suspended.
Besiktas is the underdog for today's game even with the nil-nil draw in Turkey; they're coming up to an away fixture against one of the best teams in the world for a game worth £25 million and a Champions League season. New striker Demba Ba who almost netted right after last game's kick-off was a nuisance for Arsenal's defense last game and we're sure to see him very active up front. It would be a sensation for Arsenal to lose tonight – something which makes the game even more interesting.
Online sportsbook bet365 is offering pre-match and in-play bets for this intriguing game. In full time result bet365 has 4/11 on Arsenal, 7/1 on Besiktas and 15/4 for a draw. Log-in bet365 tonight and make your bet count!