22 October, 2013 - 10:20

Arsenal vs Dortmund and other Champions League fixtures

Arsenal vs Dortmund and other Champions League fixtures

Arsenal take on Borussia Dortmund in arguably the match of the day in the UEFA Champions League.

Arsene Wenger will all but secure a place in the last 16 in case of winning on Tuesday but Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to take at least a point from the Emirates.

“Arsenal missed one player and maybe it can be Mesut Ozil. He is technically perfect, he is fast and has developed a drive to goal. He is very intelligent, can play in any team. He has everything, is natural and it works very well,” said the German manager.

“We always take the Champions League very seriously – it is always our goal to win it. German teams have the desire to play, to play with a positive attitude and they have produced many good players. We have some German players and know they are quality. It makes it an open game because they don’t hide and we don’t hide, so it should be an exciting game tomorrow,” claimed Arsene Wenger.

Both teams have serious fitness issues as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Mathieu Flamini will be out for the hosts and Lukasz Piszczek, Sebastian Kehl and Ilkay Gundogan are out for Borussia.

Napoli travel to Marseille after being outclassed at the Emirates three weeks ago.

Tuesday matches

Group E
Leaders of the group Schalke host Jose Mourinho’s squad but some of theie influential players such as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Kyriakos Papapdopoulos, Marco Hoeger and Jefferson Farfan are ruled out.

Steaua Bucarest vs Basel
Schalke 04 vs Chelsea

Group G
Hulk returns to Estadio do Dragao as Zenit St. Petersburg visit Porto. Atletico Madrid will be looking for promotion during the two matches against Austria Wien.

Porto vs Zenit St. Petersburg
Austria Wien vs Atletico Madrid vs

Group H
Lionel Messi looks fit to start against Milan at San Siro half a year after the clubs met in the last 16 in the previous campaign. Celtic must win against Ajax if they hope to progress.

Celtic vs Ajax
Milan vs Barcelona

Wednesday matches

Group A
Struggling United host Real Sociedad at Old Trafford, Bayer and Shakhtar meet in Leverkusen.

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
Bayer Leverkusen vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Group B
Juventus travel to Madrid after a woeful defending performance against Fiorentina last weekend. Galatasaray are in good position to run second in the group hosting Kobenhavn.

Real Madrid vs Juventus
Galatasaray vs Kobenhavn

Group C
PSG make a short trip to Brussels for an encounter against Anderlecht. Benfica and Olympiacos are likely to fight for a runner-up place.

Anderlecht vs PSG
Benfica vs Olympiacos

Group D
Seemingly unstoppable Bayern Munich test the Czech champions Viktoria at Allianz Arena. Manchester City travel to Moscow to face CSKA who have been struggling to find their form lately.

CSKA Moscow vs Manchester City
Bayern Munich vs Viktoria Plzen

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Author: Leon Smolski

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