UCL Tuesday preview: Winless Arsenal face Bayern test, Chelsea in tricky trip to Dynamo Kiev

Arsenal will hope to put their Champions League nightmare start behind them but in order to grab their first win of the campaign and reignite hopes of reaching the knockout’s, they must beat German giants Bayern Munich.

The Gunners are flying high in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday keeping them in second place, two points behind Man City but in Europe, it is a completely different story.

A David Ospina howler helped Olympiakos stun Arsenal image: telegrapgh.co.uk

A David Ospina howler helped Olympiakos stun Arsenal
image: telegrapgh.co.uk

The Gunners were stunned by Dinamo Zagreb on matchday one and things went from bad to worse when Greek side Olympiakos took a 3-2 win away from the Emirates three weeks ago.

Bayern Munich made Bundesliga history at the weekend by becoming the first team to win all their opening nine games and they should be able to take three points back to Germany, but the question is: which Arsenal will show up?

The other group F game sees Olympiakos looking to secure a second straight away win when they visit Dinamo Zagreb, who were thrashed 5-0 by Bayern last time out.

Chelsea will be looking to make it two wins on the bounce and follow-up a 2-0 win over Aston Villa but last year’s Europa League runners-up Dynamo Kiev look to add the misery on Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv on the opening matchday but it wasn’t a happy return to Porto for Blues boss Mourinho last time out as they fell to a 2-1 defeat.

The Ukrainians are a good side and if Chelsea fans think this will be an easy ride, they are mistaken. Giving Chelsea’s current form, I won’t be surprised if Dynamo Kiev win this.

A slip up from the Ukraine champions and Porto will be looking to move clear at the top of group G with Julen Lopetegui’s side favourites to beat Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Barcelona needed two late goals to record their first win of this Champions League campaign against Bayer Leverkusen three weeks ago and will look to make it two on the bounce when they face BATE Borisov.

The Belarusians claimed a 12th league title at the weekend but this will be a massive test with reigning Champions League winners Barcelona expected to put a few goals past them in what should be a comfortable win for the Spanish side.

Neymar scored four in Barcelona's 5-2 win over Rayo at the weekend image: bbc.com

Neymar scored four in Barcelona’s 5-2 win over Rayo at the weekend
image: bbc.com

The other group E game sees Italian side Roma looking to secure their first win of the campaign but they face a difficult trip to Bayer Leverkusen, as the Germans aim for thier second win of the group.

Group H leaders Zenit St Petersburg will be looking to make it three wins out of three when the Russian side welcome winless Lyon, while Belgian side KAA Gent search for their first Champions League group stage win with a trip to Valencia.

Group E

Bayer Leverkusen v Roma (1945)
BATE Borisov v Barcelona (1945)

Group F

Arsenal v Bayern Munich (1945)
Dinamo Zagreb v Olympiakos (1945)

Group G

Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea (1945)
Porto v Maccabi Tel Aviv (1945)

Group H

Valenica v KAA Gent (1945)
Zenit St. Petersburg v Lyon (1945)

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