Arsenal vs Ludogorets Razgard: Champions League Preview
After a hard fought 3-2 victory over the Swans at the weekend, Arsenal will now turn their attention to their 3rd group stage Champions League encounter this week. They have picked a win and a draw in the first two games of the competition and will welcome Ludogorets Razgrad to the Emirates in search of their 7th consecutive victory in all competitions. The Bulgarian champions will not be an easy problem to solve and the Gunners will hope to be at their best to finish this game off early without much fuzz. Here is the preview of this game, along with the team news, expected lineups predictions and betting odds.
The Arsenal vs Ludogorets game will be played on Wednesday, the 20th of October at the Emirates stadium in London. The kickoff is scheduled at 7:45 pm BST (12:15 am IST on Thursday).
Arsene Wenger has no new injury troubles to worry about for this game after the weekend. The likes of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud are still not expected to be back in action while Granit Xhaka, who will serve a domestic suspension should start this game for the Gunners.
Ludogorets most dangerous attacking weapon, Brazilian winger Jonathan Cafu, will likely face up against Monreal and the Spaniard will need to rediscover the form he has shown over recent seasons if he is to ensure his place does not come under threat.
Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Cazorla; Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi; Sanchez
Vladislav Stoyanov; Yordan Minev, Cosmin Moți, José Luis Palomino, Anicet Abel; Jonathan Cafu, Svetoslav Dyakov, Marcelinho, Virgil Misidjan, Natanael Pimienta; Wanderson
Alexis Sanchez vs Cosmin Moti:
Moti has been one of the best defenders in his country for some time now but he will face a tough test at the Emirates this weekend when he meets Chilean international Alexis Sanchez who is bang in form going into this game. This battle might decide the outcome of the game.
Natanael Pimienta vs Laurent Koscielny:
Pimienta is one of the biggest threats for Arsenal on the day. He is a smart operator who will surely trouble the Arsenal defense but he will be up against a man mountain in Koscielny and will find it hard to have the same kind of an impact on this game.
Arsenal has never played against Bulgarian opponents in any UEFA competitions before.
Ludogorets have traveled to England just once, they lost the game to Liverpool in a 2-1 score line.
Also, Ludogorets have never won a game against an English team, they have drawn 1 and lost 1 in their 2 games against Liverpool.
Ludogorets Razgrad: 20/1
Ludogorets are a decent team who will surely challenge Arsenal on the night but playing away from home, they will not really be expected to shock the Gunners and though might scare them, Arsene Wenger’s side should walk away with all three points from this game.
Arsenal 4-1 Ludogorets Razgrad
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