IT could be D-Day for Arsenal as they face Bayern Munich in danger of crashing out of the Champions League.
Damaging defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos have left the Gunners needing to take points from back-to-back meetings with the Bundesliga giants.
Arsenal have been playing better since their home defeat to the Greeks with 3-0 defeats of Man United and Watford but on their day Bayern are as good as anyone and won on their last two trips to the Emirates.
They were however pedestrian in winning 1-0 at Werder Bremen at the weekend and lost 3-2 at Man City last season.
Biggest surprise on Saturday was Robert Lewandowski failing to score after 15 goals in six matches for club and country. Did Scotland take that much out of him?
The Poland hero will lead the attack and is 9-2 with Paddy Power to score first and 6-5 at Betfred to net.
Thomas Muller has 15 goals in 16 games and will also have to be watched and is 17-11 with 888sport to score.
Bayern have won their first two in the competition and 13 matches in a row since losing to Wolfsburg in the German Super Cup. That shows how tough a task Arsenal but I believe they can avoid defeat if they’re at their best.
They have no option but to play for the win and that could lead to an open game. Over 2.5 goals is likely at 8-13 with McBookie while both to score is 8-15 at the Scots firm.
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is their answer to Lewandowski with seven goals in four games and is 17-2 at bet365 to break the deadlock and 5-2 at Ladbrokes to score at any time.
The other game in Group F sees Dinamo Zagreb entertain Olympiakos and entertainment could be the catchword. Dinamo’s last five matches have totalled 27 goals while Olympiakos have netted 17 times in their previous five. Over 2.5 goals looks on at 6-5 with Paddy Power.
Chelsea have started with a win and a defeat and trail Porto and tonight’s hosts Dynamo Kiev by one point.
The Blues can’t afford to lose and Jose Mourinho is likely to set up defensively in Ukraine. Back Chelsea not to lose at 1-2 with McBookie and under 2.5 goals at 3-4 with Ladbrokes.
Elsewhere Barcelona head for BATE looking to build on their weekend win over Rayo. Neymar took over Lionel Messi’s mantle with a four-goal show and is 3-1 with the likes of William Hill and Betfred to score first.
Barca have beaten BATE 4-0 and 5-0 in previous meetings but having conceded two at the weekend the home side will fancy their chances of at least hitting the target.
BATE opened Group E with a 4-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen but bounced back to see off Roma 3-2 and both to score pays 21-20 at sportingbet although over 3.5 match goals tempts just as much at 6-4 with BetVictor.
Zenit’s first two matches in Group H have seen them win and both to score and a repeat at home to Lyon pays 3-1 at bet365 and William Hill but the concern here would be low-scoring Lyon grabbing one.
In the other tie Valencia are no bigger than 9-20 at bet365 to notch a home win after losing to Zenit and beating Lyon.
Sanchez to score
Lewandowski to score
Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea under 2.5 goals
BATE v Barcelona over 3.5 match goals
Dinamo v Olympiakos over 2.5 match goals
(6-5, PAddy Power)
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