Champions League: Arsenal v Montpellier match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League fixture at the Emirates

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Arsenal have by no means had it all their own way in their attempts to top Group B, having dropped five out of a possible six points in their two recent encounters with Schalke.

The Gunners can ensure qualification to the last 16 with a win against their French opponents, should Schalke emerge victorious from their home game with Olympiakos.

Montpellier are rock bottom of the group on one point, and will need something of a minor miracle if they to reach the knockout stage. Their league form isn’t much better, registering one win in their last five games, and a confident Arsenal team looking to build on Saturday’s derby success will most likely make it two wins in a row.

KICK OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm


Montpellier 1 (Belhanda) Arsenal 2 (Podolski, Gervinho), Champions League, group stage, September 2012


Current French Champions Montpellier have faced only one English team before this season’s Champions League, losing to Manchester United in the 1990/91 European Cup Winners’ Cup 3-1 on aggregate.

Arsenal’s overall home record against French opposition is won 3, drawn 3 and lost 2.

This season marks Montpellier’s first appearance in the Champions League proper, whereas the North London club are participating in their 15 campaign.


Arsenal to win: 1.4

Draw: 5.2

Montpellier to win: 10

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