Arsenal vs Anderlecht: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to Tuesday’s Champions League fixture at the Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal will be looking for their third Champions League win in a row when they face Anderlecht on Tuesday evening. After being somewhat brushed aside by an emphatic Borussia Dortmund in the first game, Arsenal have since gone on to register back to back wins.

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Arsene Wenger’s men also come into this game with back to back league wins, in which Alexis Sanchez has scored four. The Chilean has hit a fine patch of form and will look to extend his Champions League goal tally, which currently stands at two in five games.

If the Gunners win on Tuesday and Galatasaray lose, they are guaranteed at least second place.

Anderlecht meanwhile will be seeking revenge. Two weeks ago they led for the best part of 88 minutes before conceding two goals, and subsequently losing the match. Their first league defeat followed the weekend after.

Besnik Hasi and his men know that this is a must win game. If they lose, the best they can hope for is a Europa League spot which they’ll be fighting out for with Galatasaray, should they also lose on Tuesday.

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KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Anderlecht 1 (Najar) Arsenal 2 (Gibbs, Podolski), Champions League, October 2014

Arsenal 3 (Kelly, Radford, Sammels) Anderlecht 0, Fairs Cup, April 1970

Anderlecht 3 (Devrindt, Mulder 2) Arsenal 1 (Kennedy), Fairs Cup, April 1970

STATS…

Anderlecht have only lost one game out of 14 in the Belgian Pro League this season.

Arsenal have also only lost one game in the league this season, they are only bettered by Chelsea who remain unbeaten.

Alexis Sanchez has scored five goals in this last three league games.

 

ODDS…

Arsenal to win: 1.33

Anderlecht to win: 9.0

Draw: 5.0

TV: Live on Sky Sports 5 at 7.45pm, highlights on ITV1 at 10.40pm.

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