Take the sweet 16s about Ramsey
Ben Linfoot previews Wednesday's matches in the UEFA Champions League and advises three bets.
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Arsene Wenger's Arsenal have a magnifique record in France and that can continue when they visit Marseille on Wednesday evening.
The Gunners are unbeaten in nine visits across the Channel, winning their last five including on Matchday One last year when they came away from Montpellier with a 2-1 win.
Their 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the Premier League season has quickly been forgotten following a fine run of results since and they should prove too hot for Marseille who have dropped points in their last two games.
- 1pt e.w Aaron Ramsey to score first v Marseille at 16/1 (1/3 1-98, bet365) - three goals already this season and has previous against Marseille
- 2pts Mario Balotelli to score anytime v Celtic at 13/10 (Paddy Power, BetVictor) - scored four in last four and Celtic continue to struggle away in Europe
- 2pts Atletico Madrid to beat Zenit (-1) at 13/8 (Ladbrokes) - scoring for fun in La Liga and Zenit, who struggled away in CL last season, could be without Hulk
A defeat to Monaco was followed by a 1-1 draw with Toulouse at the weekend, a late equaliser from Lucas Mendes ensuring they at least came away with a point.
However, odds of 6/4 about Arsenal look about right. There is a chance Wenger could be without Olivier Giroud who took a knock on his knee in the Sunderland game and if that's the case I wouldn't want to have a lumpy bet on them at those odds.
Instead, take the 16/1 about Aaron Ramsey scoring first at the Stade Velodrome.
Two seasons ago he did just that when the two teams met in the group stages of the competition, his goal earning Arsenal a 1-0 win that helped them top the group.
Since then the Welsh midfielder has become a more consistent goalscoring threat. Only recently Arsene Wenger spoke of his increasing maturity and goalscoring instinct and the early signs from this campaign point to an altogether more prolific Ramsey.
In 70 league games for Arsenal from the start of the 2011-2012 season to the end of the last campaign, he scored three goals. Already, in four matches this term, he's scored three goals and if Giroud is absent, he becomes one of the Gunners' more likely deadlock-breakers.
16s seems more than fair and bet365 offer those odds and unlimited place terms for each-way backers.
Chelsea are also in action on Wednesday as they welcome Basel who have the unenviable task of trying to beat the Blues on their own patch.
It's a decade since Chelsea lost a Champions League group game at home, a run that has seen them win 22 matches and draw seven.
Jose Mourinho will be hoping the chances his team wasted in front of goal at Everton won't become a more long-term problem but their lack of an in-form striker does temper enthusiasm about his team at the moment.
They should have too much class for Basel - they beat them 5-2 on aggregate in the Europa League last season - but odds of 4/11 don't appeal and nothing leaps out in the goalscoring markets.
Perhaps Branislav Ivanovic or John Terry could trouble the Basel defence from set-pieces and given the struggles of their strikers they could be worth a second look if you fancy a speculative first scorer bet.
I don't, but the 13/10 on offer about Mario Balotelli finding the net against Celtic at the San Siro is too big to ignore.
Paddy Power and BetVictor both dangle that price and with most other layers odds-on it's a bet that I can't resist.
The case for him is a simple one. He's scored in each of his last four games for club and country including in both of Milan's two home games this season and Celtic remain vulnerable away from home in Europe.
Finally, Atletico Madrid look worth backing at -1 on the handicap against Zenit St Petersburg at 13/8 (Ladbrokes).
I made the case for Atletico at 40/1 in the outright market here and they can get their campaign off to a flying start against the Russians.
Diego Simeone's side have scored 14 goals in their four La Liga matches so far that has propelled them to the top of the table and Zenit really struggled on their Champions League travels last season, losing four out of five.
With star striker Hulk a doubt because of a hip injury, they could struggle for goals on Wednesday and Atletico are capable of scoring more than a couple at the Vicente Calderon.