Arsenal v Marseille: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to the Champions League Group F encounter at the Emirates Stadium

High-flying Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Southampton. However their form in Europe this season hasn't been as terrific. The Gunners only lead Group F on goal difference from Napoli who play Borussia Dortmund, also on Tuesday.

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Arsene Wenger's side got the better of Dortmund last time out, and the Gunners will want to keep their good run of form going with a win.

Arsenal were made to work hard for their victory in France in September and Marseille could well cause an upset at the Emirates.

Marseille are still without a point in this season Champions League but that isn't to say they haven’t caused problems for teams.  They pushed Napoli all the way in the last round having more shots on target and more possession than the Italians, but eventually lost 3-2. 

Marseille will be without star striker Andre Ayew for Tuesday’s clash.  The Ghanian international who has played in every minute of his sides Champions League campaign so far is expected to be out for eight weeks with a knee problem. 

 

Kick-off:

Tuesday, 19:45

 

Past three meetings:

Arsenal 2 (Walcott, Ramsey) Marseille 1 (Ayew), Champions League, 18 September 2013

Arsenal 0 Marseille 0, Champions League, 1 November 2011

Arsenal 1 (Ramsey) Marseille 0, Champions League, 19 October 2011

 

Stats:

Marseille are still without a point in this year’s Champions League

The French side have won their last two games in Ligue 1

Arsenal haven’t scored more than two goals in their last six matches.

 

Odds:

Arsenal win – 1/4

Marseille win 14

Draw 11/2

 

TV:

Live on ITV at 19:30

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