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Champions League Previews Wednesday – Gunners ready to strike

Champions League Previews Wednesday – Gunners ready to strike


Arsenal welcome FC Basel to the Emirates on Wednesday evening with a chance to build on the solid Matchday One draw they earned in Paris.

There is no doubting the Gunners rode their luck against Paris Saint Germain but they now come into this game with confidence buzzing through their collective veins.

The 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday should leave Arsenal cherry-ripe for the task.

Basel failed to beat Ludogorets in their opening game and may struggle to contain a confident Arsenal side here. Arsene Wenger’s side ought to be capable of giving away a one-goal handicap at 1/1.

In the other Group A clash, Ligue 1 champions PSG will expect to claim three points from Ludogorets. They are 20/51 to oblige and, assuming they are less wasteful in front of goal, should have few problems.

Manchester City make the trip to Glasgow to face Celtic in what will be billed a ‘Battle of Britain’ tussle.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been faultless so far and made it ten wins from ten by beating Swansea over the weekend.

They are 10/31 to keep that run going by winning at Celtic Park despite the fact the Glasgow venue has earned a reputation over the years for being a cauldron of intimidation for its Champions League visitors.

Celtic were outclassed by Barcelona two weeks ago and a repeat of the standoffish defending from that game will see Brendan Rodgers’ team in trouble once more.

The Hoops routinely raise their game in this competition on home soil and their supporters will be tempted by the 43/20 on offer for either a Celtic win or a draw against Manchester City.

It may be only the second round of matches but the clash of Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich is one that befits the latter stages of the competition.

Both won their opening games against PSV Eindhoven and FC Rostov respectively.

Diego Simeone’s side showed in their La Liga draw Barcelona last week they are still a dogged force. At 43/20, Atletico are capable of holding Bayern to a draw in the Vicente Calderon.

Napoli ground out a win away in Kiev in their first game and the Serie A side can make it two from two by accounting for Benfica at odds of 5/8.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are unbeaten domestically as well as being the joint-leading goalscorers in Serie A.

It took Besiktas until the 93rd minute to earn a 1-1 draw against Benfica in Lisbon in their Group B opener.

The Turks were worth their point there and showed their character once more in coming from two goals down over the weekend to draw with Galatasaray in the Istanbul derby.

Buoyed by that comeback, Besiktas are tipped at 5/4 to strengthen their qualification claims by beating Dynamo Kiev.


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