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Vitoria vs. Arsenal : Money comes in for home side to cause shock

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Arsenal head to Portugal on Wednesday to take on Vitoria in their reverse Europa League encounter, with the Gunners flying high in Group F.

Unai Emery’s side won the meeting in London as they twice came from behind two run out 3-2 winners. Two late free-kicks from Pepe secured all three points and continued Arsenal’s 100% record in the competition.

Only Arsenal and Sevilla have won their three group games so far, with the Gunners tally of ten goals scored the highest in this season’s Europa League.

The away side are unsurprisingly heavy favourites to win the tie. They can be backed at 11/10 to take away all three points.

The home side meanwhile have been given odds of 23/10 to cause a real upset and win the game. And a draw is available at 13/5.

Arsenal will be looking to make it four wins from four against Vitoria who, despite sitting bottom of the group with zero points, certainly gave them a scare in London.

It was the first goals that Emery’s men had conceded in the tournament. They will be looking to get back to their early clean sheet days, having kept clean sheets in the victories against Frankfurt and Standard Liege.

The visitors are currently available at 11/4 to make it three clean sheets from their four group games.

The home side can be backed at 4/1 to keep out the travelling youngsters and keep their first clean sheet of the group stages.

However, the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka will have something to say about that. 

Young forward Martinelli has three goals in Europe this season. He’s currently 5/1 to score the opener and 13/10 to score anytime.

His fellow youngster Willock has two Europa League goals to his name. He’s available at 10/3 to make it three.

And 18-year-old Saka will be ready to go once again after scoring on matchday one. He’s been given odds of 10/1 to score the game’s first goal. And the teenager is 3/1 to score anytime throughout the 90 minutes.

Despite their perceived superiority, the statistics certainly don’t favour the away side.

They’ve lost on all three visits to England, but are unbeaten at home to English clubs, winning one and drawing two.

Furthermore, Portugal hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the north London outfit. They have won just one of six UEFA fixtures in the country, drawing two and losing three.

It’s currently 20/1 for a repeat of the 3-2 Arsenal victory from last time out.

London-born Marcus Edwards scored the opener for the Portuguese outfit at Emirates Stadium. He’s available at 11/1 to do the same on Wednesday.

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