UEFA Champions League: Arsenal vs Ludogorets Razgrad preview


High-flying Arsenal will be looking to extend their ten-match unbeaten streak in all competitions when they host Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. The two sides have never met before but Ludogorets have a decent record against English clubs, they played Liverpool twice in 2014 and secured a 2-2 draw at home and a narrow 2-1 defeat at Anfield Road.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last ten matches and they won all their last six games, scoring an impressive 17 goals in the process. They kicked off the Champions League campaign with a good 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain and then secured a 2-0 victory at home over Basel. Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson remain out of contention due to injuries and fitness issues, but Olivier Giroud could make his way back into the squad.

Ludogorets have not lost many matches this season either, just two, and it's worth mentioning that their campaign started as early as July 13th as they had to go through the Champions League qualification rounds. They started the group stage with a very good 1-1 draw at Basel but then got beaten 3-1 at home by Paris Saint-Germain. Nevertheless, they have nothing to lose in this match and their ability on counter-attacks should not be taken lightly by Arsene Wenger's men.

Probable line-ups:

Arsenal: Ospina - Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs - Cazorla, Coquelin - Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi - Sanchez

Ludogorets: Stoyanov - Minev, Moti, Palomino, Pimienta - Misidjan, Dyakov, Anicet, Wanderson - Marcelinho - Cafu

My prediction: Arsenal to win 3-1.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Arsenal win - 1.14
Draw - 9.00
Ludogorets win - 23.00

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  • Serbia Milaneli

    19/10/16

    Arsenal is pure favorite in this one, no question about it. Only thing that is on my mind is will they keep clean sheet. Home team has to win and nothing else since they are in driver seat after drawing with PSG in Paris. Now, if everything goes according to plan they will have chance infront of their own crowd to secure themselfs top1 spot before knock out round. Ludogorets did upset everyone by leading vs PSG back home, and have few quality players in their squad, mostly Brazilians.

    My prediction:
    - Result: 3-0 for Arsenal;
    - Man of the match: Alexis Sanchez

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