Monday, October 19, 2015

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich Champions League - 20-10-2015

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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Match date: 20 October 2015
Kick Off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal team made it three successive emphatic victories by easing past Watford 3-0 last Saturday. Five wins in their last six Premier League outings have seen them climb to second spot, just two points shy of league leaders Man City. Anyway, they go into this match with no points from their first two UCL games, having lost to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos. Defeat to Bayern this week is simply not an option because they will be virtually knocked out of the competition.
Arsene Wenger will be without forward Welbeck, midfielders Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky. Defender Gabriel is available again as is Olivier Giroud who missed their last Champions League outing through suspension. The Frenchman isn't expected to usurp Theo Walcott up front.
Bayern have won all 12 of their competitive games so far. A 1-0 victory at Werder Bremen saw the Bavarians become the first team in history to win their first 9 fixtures in the Bundesliga. They are already seven points clear of second placed Dortmund whom they crushed 5-1 in a home fixture a week ago. In the UCL Guardiola's men brushed Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb aside, 3-0 and 5-0, respectively. They have only conceded 5 goals this season!
The likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery remain absent and Sebastian Rode, Götze, Holger Badstuber and Benatia are also sidelined. Douglas Costa is set to have a fitness test prior to the match and could be replaced by Kingsley Coman if he fails to make the grade.
Bayern Munich have not been the best of travellers in Europe over the years, winning just three of their last nine away games. The Bavarians have won on the occasion of each of their last two visits to the Emirates Stadium, which were both round of 16 first-leg assignments, and the Bavarians have won four and drawn two of eight previous encounters with the London club.

Probable lineups:
Arsenal: P. Cech – Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal – Santi Cazorla, Arteta – Ramsey, Ozil, A. Sanchez – Walcott.  
Bayern Munchen: Neuer – Rafinha, J. Boateng, J. Martinez, Alaba – Xabi Alonso – Lahm, Alcantara, T. Muller, D. Costa – Lewandowski.

Arsenal last 5 matches:
19/09/15 Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal
23/09/15 Tottenham 1 – 2 Arsenal
26/09/15 Leicester City 2 – 5 Arsenal
29/09/15 Arsenal 2 – 3 Olympiakos
04/10/15 Arsenal 3 – 0 Man United

Bayern Munich last 5 matches:
19/09/15 Darmstadt 0 – 3 Bayern
22/09/15 Bayern München 5 – 1 Wolfsburg
26/09/15 Mainz 0 – 3 Bayern München
29/09/15 Bayern Munich 5 – 0 Dinamo Zagreb
04/10/15 Bayern Munich 5 – 1 Dortmund

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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