After the brilliant performance against West Ham United, Arsenal is all set to take the challenge of the FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League. The last round group stage matches of the UEFA Champions League kicks off from today, and the Gunners are travelling to the to St. Jakob-Park, the home ground of the Swiss football club, FC Basel. So before the Arsenal vs FC Basel match starts, we in this article has shed some lights on both the teams, the match preview, the team guide, the TV guide and the live streaming details.
Arsenal vs FC Basel: Match Preview
Arsenal is currently seating in the second position of the Group A with 11 points in their kitty and has already booked their berth in the knockout round. The Gunners are more likely to finish as the second best team of the group unless the Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets pull off an upset and snatch some points off Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes. Both PSG and Arsenal have gathered 11 points each, but the 2-2 draw against the French side at the Emirates took PSG top of the table owing to the away goals rule. So Arsene Wenger will try to win the last group stage match and advance through to the last-16 on a high note.
On the other hand, FC Basel has nothing to lose from this match and will try to put on a good performance in front of the home crowd. Basel has also faced a disappointing 3-1 loss against Swiss Super League title rivals Young Boys FC, so this match will be crucial for them to get back into the winning ways. If the Swiss team get to manage a point from this match, they will also qualify for the Europa League, and that will also play as extra motivation for the Urs Fischer’s side.
Arsenal vs FC Basel: Team News
Arsene Wenger will try to rest some key players in this Arsenal vs. FC Basel match and will test his bench strength. Olivier Giroud is all set to make a comeback at the starting eleven after missing the last two Premier League matches against Southampton and West Ham United. In the midfield, Santi Cazorla will miss the encounter for his injury and Francis Coquelin is also suspended for the game as he picked up a Yellow card in the previous game. Goalkeeper Petr Cech and the talismanic winger Alexis Sanchez is also expected to give some rest for the game. Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka will start in the midfield.
On the other hand, Basel should start with their regular starting line-up, that means two Xhaka brothers, Granit and Taulant will again fight against each other. There are no major injury concerns or card suspensions in the Swiss team, and the manager has assured his team will play an attractive attacking football and will look to get full three points from this game.
Arsenal Starting Line-Up (Probable): Ospina; Gabriel, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Xhaka, Elneny; Walcott, zil, Iwobi; Giroud.
FC Basel Starting Line-Up (Probable): Vaclk; Lang, Such, Balanta, Traor; Xhaka, Zuffi; Bjarnason, Delgado, Steffen; Šporar.
Arsenal vs FC Basel: Match Prediction
The Gunners have faced their Swiss opponent in Europe on five occasions and remain unbeaten thus far. Even in the first leg at the Emirates, Arsenal picked up a convincing victory with the score line of 2-0, in September. So the Arsene Wenger-led side is the clear cut favourites to win this fixture. But, FC Basel is also keen to put up a good show, and we can actually see an entertaining match tonight between these two sides. So our prediction for the Arsenal vs FC Basel match is 1-1.
Arsenal vs FC Basel: Match Details
Date: 6th December 2016
Time: 7.45PM BST, 1.15AM (next day)
Venue: St. Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland
Arsenal vs FC Basel: TV Guide & Live Streaming Details
The match Arsenal vs FC Basel will be telecasted live on BT Sport 2, and 2 HD and in India the Ten Sports network will telecast the match live.
You can watch the Arsenal vs FC Basel live streaming via various websites both official and unofficial.
So, folks, an entertaining match is on the cards and we hope you all have found this Arsenal vs FC Basel match preview, team guide, TV and Live Streaming details very much useful. So enjoy the match and root for your favourite team.