The 2015-16 Champions League group stage has reached the ‘double-header’ point with all four English clubs facing plenty of hard work to qualify for the knockout stage – and none has a tougher task than Arsenal.
The Gunners surprisingly lost both of their first two matches in Group F against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos and with no points on the board, face back-to-back games against the competition’s joint favourites Bayern Munich.
After scoring eight goals without reply so far, the German club are the 10/3 joint market leaders with bookmaker bwin
alongside defending champions Barcelona, while Arsenal’s plight is summed up by their 66/1 quote to lift the trophy at Sky Bet
The first meeting takes place at the Emirates Stadium and Arsene Wenger’s side, who exited the Champions League in the last 16 to Bayern in 2013 and 2014, desperately need a repeat of the 2-0 victory they achieved at the Allianz Arena in the first of those seasons – ideally twice.
The qualification prospects are not as drastic for the other English trio, although Manchester City were fortunate to win 2-1 away to Borussia Monchengladbach last time out and now face Sevilla, firstly at home and then in Spain.
Borussia Monchengladbach's Patrick Herrmann (right) vies with Manchester City's David Silva during the UEFA Champions League Group A match in Germany on September 30 2015 (Getty Images)
Chelsea find themselves only third in Group G having lost 2-1 away to their manager Jose Mourinho’s former club Porto, whom he led to the 2004 European crown, and the Blues now travel to the Ukraine to face Dynamo Kiev.
Manchester United recovered from an opening defeat to PSV Eindhoven by winning 2-1 at home to Wolfsburg and now visit CSKA Moscow with all four teams on three points, which reduces the margin for error.
Elsewhere, prevailing 2-1 after being a goal behind was a popular outcome on match day two and that also happened to Barcelona at home to Bayer Leverkusen, with the holders now travelling to BATE Borisov who enjoyed a terrific 3-2 win over Roma.
Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are predictably dominating Group A, both having achieved two convincing wins to nil, and their battle for supremacy will begin when they meet at the Parc des Princes in the first of two mouthwatering games.
2015-16 UEFA Champions League schedule
October 20-21 – Group stage match day 3
Tuesday October 20
BATE Borisov v Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen v Roma
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Dinamo Zagreb v Olympiakos
Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea
Porto v Maccabi Tel Aviv
Valencia v Gent
Zenit St Petersburg v Lyon
Wednesday October 21
Malmo v Shakhtar Donetsk
Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid
CSKA Moscow v Manchester United
Wolfsburg v PSV Eindhoven
Atletico Madrid v Astana
Galatasaray v Benfica
Juventus v Borussia Monchengladbach
Manchester City v Sevilla