Group D: Arsenal without Wilshere, Galatasaray looking for first win

Signal Iduna Park -Dortmund
Signal Iduna Park -Dortmund

Group D: Arsenal without Wilshere, Galatasaray looking for first win [divider]

Champions League Group D Match Day 4 involves intriguing ties between Borussia Dortmund – Galatasaray and Arsenal – Anderlecht.

Galatasaray travel to Germany hoping to restore some pride and their first win of the campaign following a humiliating 4-0 loss at the Türk Telekom Arena.

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Dortmund are currently first with nine points from three games. The German giants have scored nine time and are yet to concede in the competition.

Cesare Prandelli has a full squad to chose from other than the injured Aydın Yılmaz.

Felipe Melo is also a doubt however, the Brazilian midfielder is expected to recover in time for the game.

Prandelli has still not decided what his strongest starting XI is and continues to experiment tactically.

The former Italian national team coach left Goran Pandev in Istanbul after a string of poor performances.

Prandelli is expected to start with the following lineup:

GALATASARAY: Muslera, Tarık, Semih, Chedjou, Telles, Melo, Dzemaili, Selçuk, Hamit, Sneijder, Burak

Alternatively Bruma or Olcan Adın could start ahead of Hamit Altıntop.

Dortmund have a number of injury concerns going into the game and team moral is bound to have taken a hit after dropping into the relegation zone on the weekend.

Mat Hummels, Nuri Şahin, Sarr and Ji will not play. Schmelzer, Kirch, Błaszczykowski could all also miss the game as well.

Jurgen Klopp is expected to play the following starting XI:

BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotic, Sokratis, Durm, İlkay, Bender, Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Reus, Aubameyang

In the other Group D game second placed Arsenal will take a giant leap towards securing a place in the knockout stages for the 15 year in succession with a win against Anderlecht.

The Gunners came from behind to beat Anderlecht 2-1 in the last game and will be hoping for an easier victory this time around.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Anderlecht due to being ill.

Arsene Wenger will also be without Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), Mesut Özil (knee), David Ospina (thigh), Yaya Sanogo (hamstring), Abou Diaby (calf), Olivier Giroud (fractured foot) and Mathieu Debuchy (ankle).

Arsenal will welcome back Wojciech Szczesny is available after serving a one-game suspension on Match Day 3.

Alexis Sanchez goes into the game in red hot form, the Chilean international has now scored five goals in his last four games.

Anderlecht are not in the best of form, the Belgium giants have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions.

ARSENAL Expected XI (4-2-3-1;): Sczcesny; Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs; Ramsey, Arteta; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sánchez, Cazorla; Welbeck.

ANDERLECHT Expected XI (4-2-3-1;): Proto; Vanden Borre, Mbemba, Deschacht, Achaempong; Tielemans, Jljestan; Najar, Praet, Conte; Cyriac.

 

 

 

 

 

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