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Barcelona v. Arsenal Champions League Odds

Written by:
Alistair Prescott
Published on:
Apr/06/2010
Barcelona v. Arsenal Champions League Odds

Barcelona v. Arsenal Champions League odds had Barcelona at 1.35, the draw at 5.00 and Arsenal at 8.35 for Tuesday's faceoff at NordicBet.com.

Bad news for Arsenal they will be without Alex Song for their match at Barcelona on Tuesday.  Song suffered a groin injury during play this past Sunday.

Arsene Wenger said: "It was a bad surprise this morning. He had a scan yesterday afternoon on his knee and it is inflamed cartilage.

"We will have to wait and see how serious it is but he is completely out of the squad for tomorrow's game."

Arsenal are already without Cesc Fabregas and Andrei Arshavin for the match, while Robin van Persie is still at least two weeks away from a return.

But Barcelona is not without its own injury woes. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored Barca's goals at the Emirates, is out after picking up a calf injury in the warm-up ahead of Saturday's 4-1 win at home to Athletic Bilbao. Then there is defensive pair Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique, both of whom are suspended.

Barcelona had an impressive performance against Arsenal last week at Emirates Stadium and Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has warned his players to focus on the job in hand when the two sides meet again at the Nou Camp.

With Arsenal rallying back last week from being down 0-2, Barcelona had to settle for the 2-2 draw despite their domination throughout much of the game.

"What we did the other day has nothing to do with this match,'' Guardiola said. "Those things only happen every now and again and it's in the past. We have to forget about it and focus on doing our job.

"We performed well last week but now we have to go again and if we don't play well, if we do not produce the necessary level of performance, it will be tough and we might not get to the semi-finals.''

Wenger admits Arsenal are lucky to still have the opportunity to head for the semi-finals after the way in which they were completely dominated in the opening stages of the first leg.

"We have learned that it is important we start will full power, without any inhibition, which we showed in the first 20 minutes at the Emirates,'' he said. "How we manage to do that will certainly have a big influence on the game and on the result. We have to try to be very disciplined, but not to hide when we have the ball.'

Wenger will leave a decision on Campbell's involvement as late as possible, with fellow veteran Mikael Silvestre, 32, also part of the 18-man squad which left Luton on Monday.

"That is a decision I have to make, consulting with Sol to see how he feels,'' Wenger said.

"Today he was still not completely available. He managed a warm up and then we got him in. It is such a big game that you must be completely fit or not play at all.''

For punters, an Arsenal win would mean a substantial payout.   

Again, Barcelona v. Arsenal Champions League Odds:   1.35     5.00     8.35

Those in the US could place their bets at SportsInteraction.com here. 

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Alistair Prescott, Gambling911.com 

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