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GUNS AT THE READY: Focus on Mourinho, as Arsenal look to do double over Bayern

FOOTBALL By AFP | November 4th 2015

As Arsenal look to do the double over Bayern Munich and under-fire Jose Mourinho hopes to see his Chelsea side return to winning ways against Dynamo Kiev, here are tonight’s Champions League games. (Kick-off 10:45)

Bayern Munich v Arsenal
Arsenal are chasing what would be a remarkable double against Bayern when the sides meet at the Allianz Arena. After losing their first two matches, the Gunners revived their hopes of reaching the last 16 with a rousing 2-0 win over the Germans last time out. Their recent record in Bavaria is good too, with a win and a draw in two visits in the last two seasons. Arsenal will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in Munich.

Barcelona v BATE Borisov

Ten years on from Lionel Messi’s Champions League debut, Barcelona could secure their place in the last 16 with a win at home to BATE at the Camp Nou, providing Roma fail to beat Bayer Leverkusen in Italy. The reigning European champions are three points clear at the top of the section after Ivan Rakitic’s brace secured a 2-0 win in Belarus two weeks ago.

Roma  v Bayer Leverkusen

This is a crucial game for Roma, who have not won in Group E and trail second-placed Leverkusen by two points. The sides drew 4-4 in Germany in a remarkable game a fortnight ago, but Roma, who were knocked off the top of Serie A after losing 1-0 to Inter at the weekend, have won only one of their last eight European home games.

Olympiakos v Dinamo Zagreb

Greek champions Olympiakos can take a big step towards securing a last-16 berth with a win at home to Dinamo Zagreb in Piraeus. Marco Silva’s side started their campaign with a 3-0 home loss to Bayern Munich, but have since beaten Arsenal in London and won 1-0 in Croatia thanks to a late Brown Ideye goal.

Maccabi Tel Aviv v Porto

With their main rivals for qualification facing off in London, Porto can all but secure their spot in the knockout stages by beating Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Julen Lopetegui’s men, 2-0 winners when the teams met in Portugal recently, had a free weekend after their match at Uniao da Madeira was postponed because their plane couldn’t land on the Atlantic island due to high winds.

Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev

Jose Mourinho has so far survived at Chelsea despite suffering a ninth defeat in 17 games in all competitions this season at the weekend, a 3-1 home loss to Liverpool leaving them 15th in the Premier League. Might the axe fall if Chelsea slip up against Dynamo Kiev, thereby seriously damaging their Champions League chances? The Blues drew 0-0 in Ukraine in their last outing and need to win to climb back above Dynamo into the top two in Group G.

Lyon v Zenit St Petersburg

Zenit were the only team in the whole competition to win their opening three group games and the Russian champions have the chance to seal a last-16 place with a win in France, while a draw would also do if Gent fail to beat Valencia in Belgium.

Gent v Valencia

It has been an unconvincing start to the season for Valencia, who are seventh in La Liga despite a 3-0 derby win against Levante at the weekend, but a win in Ghent could see them qualify for the last 16 with two games to spare as long as Lyon fail to beat Zenit in France.

—AFP

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