Tuesday UCL preview: Arsenal in must win game against Zagreb, Chelsea face Maccabi Tel Aviv trip

After a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich three weeks ago, it is a must win game for Arsenal as the Gunners host Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb who already hold a victory over the Premier League side.

The Croatian champions stunned Arsenal 2-1 in their opening group game but the Gunners are expected to put things right tonight and secure all three points to keep hopes of the last 16 alive.

A 5-1 loss to Byaern was Arsenal's third defeat of the campaign image: soccer.nbcsports.com

A 5-1 loss to Bayern was Arsenal’s third defeat of the campaign
image: soccer.nbcsports.com

Bayern Munich will secure their place in the second round when they face Greek side Olympiakos in the other group F game with the German giants expected to win this and win it quite comfortably.

Three points for the Gunners and a loss for the Greek side will mean a win at Olympiakos in their final group stage game will see the Gunners through but if Olympiakos manage a point tonight, even a win won’t save Arsenal from crashing out.

It may not be going Chelsea’s way in the Premier League but Jose Mourinho’s side are heavy favourites for their trip to Maccabi Tel Aviv where a win could send the Blues through to the knock-out stages.

Chelsea picked up a narrow 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev last time out and with a 4-0 win over the Israeli champions already under thier belt, Jose Mourinho’s side are expected to pick up all three points in Israel.

Dynamo Kiev will be hoping to deny Chelsea the chance to book their place in the last 16 tonight but the Ukrainian side face a difficult trip to Porto in the other group G game, where a win for Julen Lopetegui’s side will also see them through.

Reigning champions Barcelona will be full of confidence after their 4-0 El Clasico win over Real Madrid and they will secure their place in the knockout stages with victory over Roma.

The Italian’s held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture back in Rome but Barcelona are on home turf and although Roma are a decent side, I expect this to be a comfortable victory for the Spanish giants.

Barcelona come into tongiht's game on the back of a 4-0 win over Real Madrid image: 90min.com

Barcelona come into tonight’s game on the back of a 4-0 win over Real Madrid
image: 90min.com

A victory for Barcelona will also give Bayer Leverkusen the chance to leapfrog Roma into second place in group E when they face a tricky trip to BATE Borisov of Belarus.

Zenit St. Petersburg have already secured their place in the last 16 and Andre Villas-Boas side look to make it five wins from five when they face Valencia, who will secure their passage through with a win.

KAA Gent make the trip to French side Lyon in the other group H game as the Belgians will be hoping for a slip-up from Valencia and a win against Lyon to see them move into second place and keep last 16 hopes alive.

Group E

Barcelona v Roma (1945)
BATE Borisov v Bayer Leverkusen (1700)

Group F

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

Group G

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

Group H

Lyon v KAA Gent
Zenit St. Petersburg v Valencia (1700)

Leave a comment

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s