Champions League betting preview – Wednesday, 4th November
Wednesday evening sees more Champions League action as Chelsea and Arsenal both attempt to further their progress in this season's competition
November 4th, 2015
Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League glory appeared dead and buried earlier in the competition following a dismal start to their European campaign. They suffered surprise defeats to both Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos with these results leaving the Gunners with a massive mountain to climb in their next match with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Many were writing off their chances ahead of that clash, however the Gunners responded by recording a surprise 2-0 win, goals coming from Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud.
“We had an absolute necessity to win the game and we did it in an intense and disciplined way,” Wenger said after the crucial victory. “It was a top level game between two top-level teams… I think we have beaten a very strong team and kept a good level focus from the first to the last minute and kept a clean sheet as well.”
There is much for Wenger’s side still to do, however they have proven that they are capable of dealing with the best that Europe has to offer at the Emirates Stadium, although whether they can successfully deal with the German outfit in their own back yard remains to be seen.
Chelsea will enjoy home advantage when they lock horns with Dynamo Kiev in West London on Wednesday night. Jose Mourinho’s men started their campaign in excellent fashion with a 4-0 thrashing of Maccabi Tel Aviv, however FC Porto brought them back down to earth with a 2-1 win in Portugal and this was followed by a meagre 0-0 draw in Kiev last month.
As such, Wednesday’s encounter is pretty much a must-win and Mourinho maintains that his side are still in a strong position in the competition.
“The result is acceptable because it keeps us in a strong position,” Mourinho said to reporters following the draw in Ukraine. “We have the game at home. Dynamo plays against Porto so they have to lose points. We are third but we are in a stable position.”
Elsewhere in Wednesday’s Champions League offering, reigning European champions Barcelona clash with BATE Borisov, while Bayer Leverkusen travel to Roma and Olympiakos will be looking for a double over Dinamo Zagreb. Porto lock horns with Maccabi Tel Aviv while Lyon and Gent complete the evening’s offerings.