Arsenal v Marseille
PROJECT COMES TOGETHER
I decided splitting the atom was easier than trying to split the WBA v Villa game last night and so it proved with a welcome 2-2 win for the column’s DRAW recommendation. A 10 point bet too…….. BINGO !!!
Good progress too on the atom front, but still in the laboratory on that one.
Back to the Champions League tonight and we’ll focus on the action at the Emirates where Arsenal entertain Marseille who have yet to pick up a point in Group F.
You have to suspect they are better than the bare table suggests – and they certainly made Arsenal work hard when they met in France in September with the Gunners running out 2-1 winners.
Both teams are in good form domestically – Arsenal have a four point cushion at the top of the Premier League and had a good win against an in-form Southampton to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
Marseille are fourth in their league and come here on the back of two good wins.
Arsenal have just won one of their last 18 games by more than two goals and it’s hard to envisage them going goal crazy tonight. Certainly, the three previous encounters between these two sides have produced tight games.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Max last 10 only)
Sep 2013 C League Marseille 1-2 Arsenal
Nov 2011 C League Arsenal 0-0 Marseille
Oct 2011 C League Marseille 0-1 Arsenal
Arsenal still need a win – it’s tight at the top of Group F but a win for Arsenal should take them to the last 16 stage.
Arsenal provisional squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud, Fabianski, Arteta, Monreal, Wilshere, Rosicky, Gnabry, Vermaelen, Bendtner.
Marseille (+2) at around 11/10 with Star Sports looks too tempting to resist.
(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)
6 points MARSEILLE (+2) at around 11/10
WHICH CHRISTMAS TREE BULB ISN’T WORKING AGAIN?
A family have broken the world record for the number of Christmas lights put up on a home – for the second time.
The Richards family, of Canberra, Australia, have installed 502,165 lights around their house and garden.
David Richards, a barrister, started work on stringing the 48km of wires around his property in early October.
He had previously held the world record with 330,000 lights in 2011, but lost it last year to a family in New York.
The mammoth display, which is expected to be seen by tens of thousands of visitors, has been erected to raise money for a children’s charity.
But Mr Richards told the Canberra Times part of his motivation for spending almost every weekend working on the project was to reclaim the record.