Arsenal must finish top of their Champions League group this evening if they are to have any chance of winning the competition, according to research carried out by SmartBets, the customisable odds comparison site powered by bettingexpert.com.
With tougher opposition, and a tricky away tie in the second-leg, there is a distinct disadvantage to finishing second at this stage, with 72.11% of group winners since 2003/04 getting through their R16 tie to reach the quarter-final.
Arsenal have finished second for five of the last six years, and have been knocked out each time. A similar fate could await if, as expected, they aren’t able to overtake PSG at the top of Group A.
Basel suffered a 3-1 defeat to Young Boys on the weekend but Urs Fischer’s side still have a comfortable 12-point lead at the top of the Swiss Super League.
Arsenal and Basel faced each other in the second match of the group, with Arsenal winning 2-0 thanks to a Theo Walcott brace.
The tie could put the Xhaka brothers against each other in midfield for the third time since June.
Here is how we expect Basel boss to line up his side against the Gunners tonight.
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