Arsenal v Basel - Wednesday 19:45, BT Sport Europe
Confidence should be sky high at the Emirates after they dismantled Chelsea this weekend, and another win here will put them in an excellent position in this group following a solid point in Paris two weeks ago.
Olivier Giroud is suspended but Arsene Wenger’s side have options going forward with Lucas Perez and the in-form Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez, so they should still offer a potency their opponents can’t match. Since 2009/10 they’ve scored at least twice in 18 of 21 home games in the Champions League group stages as they’ve recorded 14 wins by more than one goal.
Basel have caused a few problems for English clubs in recent years, winning at Chelsea three years ago and picking up draws at Liverpool, Spurs and Man Utd in other visits during the past five years. Both teams scored in all five of their trips to England in that time and followers of Swiss football will know their games are rarely dull affairs. They’ve scored 29 times in their opening nine league games this season. However, this represents several steps up in quality and they’ve not kept a clean sheet in their last 20 away matches in the Champions League proper (excluding qualifiers), although both teams scored in nine of the 13 since 2012/11.
We expect Arsenal to be too good but Basel have goals in them and the home win with both teams scoring is worth a punt.