Arsenal play host to Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria tonight in the third Champions League match-week of the group stages. The First League side come into the match with one point from their opening two matches, and could potentially join us on points with a win today.
Ludogorets drew with Basel in their only away match so far in the group stage, before losing their home tie against Paris Saint-Germain 3-1, but we have so far been the most impressive of our group rivals. Arsenal were unlucky not to come from behind to beat PSG in Paris, before dominating Basel in the only match so far at the Emirates.
The Gunners also come into the match on the back of six straight wins in all competitions, and their confidence will also have been boosted by the fact they joined Manchester City on points at the top of the Premier League table this weekend.
Arsenal may look to make some changes in what is supposed to be the easier opponent in the group, but with the potential chance to go six points clear of third place in the group, we should give ourselves our best chance to do so.
Granit Xhaka picked up a red card on Saturday, and looks likely to keep his place in the side with a ban set to give him a rest from action. Cazorla could be rested however, but I would not expect both Coquelin and the Swiss international to be paired in a game we should expect to dominate, which could allow Mohamed Elneny his third start of the campaign. But whatever team Wenger picks from our super strong squad should be far too good for the Bulgarians. If you are thinking of having a big bet (like me!) the check out MybestBettingSites.co.uk to find the best bonuses from the bookies. Thenyou can use their money to back on a good win for the Gunners!
One thing that is certain is that David Ospina will continue his run in the Champions League, having strongly impressed in the opening two group games.
Predicted Arsenal line-up:
Bellerin Mustafi Koscielny Gibbs
Walcott Ozil Iwobi
Arsenal are in fine form at present, despite a spirited display by Swansea at the weekend, and we should win this comfortably. We should be looking to stamp our authority early in the match, and expect us to take a lead into the half-time interval before building on that in the second-half. I’m going for a dominant 3-0 win, and have a feeling Iwobi will be getting on the score sheet tonight.
What are your predictions for today?