After winning Arsenal’s Women’s Champions League opener last week, Joe Rindl is back with another record for the Gunners’ game with Hoffenheim on Thursday.
Last week, Arsenal learned the hard way that a fantastic women’s Super League record doesn’t mean much against the elite of European football.
The Gunners, facing defending Barcelona, were beaten 4-1 – the game winning a 5/6 winner for Sporting Life readers.
This result came despite Arsenal occupying the top of the WSL table after big wins against Chelsea, Reading, Manchester City and Aston Villa.
With Barca in top form, the Gunners will likely play for second place in Group C as Jonas Eidevall’s side aim for a place in the round of 16.
For that to happen, they’ll need a good performance when they host current group leaders, Hoffenheim.
Kick-off time: 8:00 p.m. BST, Thursday
TV channel: DAZN, YouTube DAZN (watch free)
Hoffenheim finished third in the Frauen-Bundesliga last season, this campaign being his first with European football.
Their Champions League journey started in August with narrow qualifying wins over Icelandic Valur (1-0) and AC Milan (2-1) before a 6-3 aggregate victory over Swede Rosengard.
At home against Danes Koge in their opener of the group stage last week, they were ruthless, crushing their opponents 5-0, having managed 27 shots and 78% possession.
The former Arsenal winners will certainly be a much bigger challenge.
Hoffenheim haven’t exactly set the world on fire domestically, sitting fifth in the Bundesliga table and scoring seven goals in their first five games.
Last time around, they lost 3-1 to champions Bayern Munich, with a decisive home game against last year’s runner-up Wolfsburg next weekend.
The games against Bayern, Arsenal and Wolfsburg in eight days are quite a tricky course. Will Gabor Gallai’s team go with full training in Europe, or will he decide to hold something back for Sunday?
Arsenal’s average WSL price this season is around 4/6, and they’ve already faced the top two from last season.
Obviously the Champions League is a different level, but moving up to that level is rarely a problem for the Gunners.
They’ve made it through qualifying, beating Okzhetpes, PSV and Slavia Prague, scoring 10 goals and conceding one, and their recent loss to Barcelona, which should be worth adding, appears to have elicited an overreaction from the from bookmakers.
Indeed, 8/11 is simply too high a price for a ARSENAL WINS, and one worth supporting while it’s still available.
Arsenal v Hoffenheim best bets and score prediction
- 1.5pts Arsenal win on 8/11 (Sky Bet)
Score prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Hoffenheim (Sky Bet odds: 17/2)
Correct odds at 1015 BST (05/10/21)
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