Anderlecht travel to Emirate Stadium for the return leg of their Champions League clash against Arsenal with the sole intent to do better than losing in the last moments of the added time. Arsenal have the qualification on the tip of their fingers after they trail just three points behind the group leaders. A win at home and a favorable result in the other match sends them into the last sixteen of the competition.
Arsene Wenger sees improvement in his Arsenal side as they look for the second win in a row against Anderlecht. “Our attitude and dedication have been fantastic, but on the efficiency front we can do better,” Wenger said. The Gunners come from a 3-0 win over Burnley, the last placed in Premier League, where their best player was once again Alexis. Szczesny will resume his rightful place in the line after missing out the first one due to suspension, but as always the hosts are plagued with injuries. Wilshere is yet to be submitted to a late fitness test to see if he can make the squad, and Wenger is sure that with patience his team will win all upcoming fixtures.
Walcott is also back into the squad, and Podolski who saved the team the embarrassment in the first match is of course unsure whether he will play or not, despite receiving praise from his coach. Anderlecht will be without N’Sakala, all while Nuytinck is still under doubt. The visitors have only one point from three matches and if they lose in London they will be automatically eliminated. Anderlecht did not win in any of their last five away Champions League games, while Arsenal won three of their last five home games, and the two losses come from matches against German opposition.
With Arsene Wenger against UEFA’s new Champions League seeding system, Arsenal is left with the only option to win, for which they are the obvious favorites. William Hill gives the Gunners 1.36 odds to win outright, Anderlecht got 9.00 and a draw has 4.50 odds.
If you think the result from the first leg will repeat itself, William Hill gives you 8.00 odds. Arsenal to be the only team to score has 2.37 odds and Podolski to score anytime has 2.10 odds. Under 2.5 goals has 2.50 odds, and we’re betting 7 units on Arsenal to win both halves at 2.60 odds from William Hill.
Arsenal London: Team’s Formation
RSC Anderlecht: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Arsenal to win both halves