Another huge night of Champions League football sees Barcelona host Manchester City at the Camp Nou. Pep Guardiola returns looking to mastermind a win away at his former home, with new side Manchester City. Another English side in Arsenal host Ludogorets, with the Gunners in scintillating form of late and looking to finally cement top spot in the Champions League group stages.
Barcelona vs Manchester City – Wednesday 19th October 2016 – 19:45 - BT Sport
Barcelona welcome Manchester City to the Camp Nou on Wednesday evening, in the third round of matches from the Champions League group stages.
This is the tie of the round, with Pep Guardiola facing his former club for the first time as manager of Manchester City.
The Spanish side come into this match on the back of a 4-0 win at home against Deportivo.
Goals from Rafinha (21, 36), Luis Suarez (43) and the returning Lionel Messi (58) completed a comfortable night for the hosts.
To compound matters Laure was sent off in the 65th minute, to complete a tough night for Deportivo.
Tough Start For Barca
Barcelona had gone into the weekend's fixtures in mixed form, with two defeats already this season.
They have started the Champions League in emphatic style though, winning their first game against Celtic 7-0.
The Spaniard's followed that up with a 2-1 win against Borussia Monchengladbach, with the Germans taking the lead in the 34th through Thorgan Hazard.
Two goals in eight minutes from Arda Turan (65) and Gerard Pique (73) completed an excellent comeback for the Catalans.
Despite their indifferent recent form, Barcelona remain favourites to win this game, despite City's progress under Guardiola.
They will be looking to register their third successive win of the competition, they will also be looking to make it two home wins.
Barcelona have won all four of their competitive fixtures against Manchester City, all in knockout matches.
Barcelona are 4/9 with Luis Suarez at 3/1 to score first.
Pep Taking The Spotlight
Manchester City travel to the Camp Nou on the back of a 1-1 draw against Everton at the weekend.
It's a result that sees Manchester City remain top of the Premier League, although recent results have seen the credentials take a huge hit.
Romelu Lukaku open the scoring against the run of play (64), with Nolito equalising with a header just eight minutes later.
Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne both saw penalties saved by Maarten Stekelenburg, another two points lost for Manchester City.
Huge Game For City
City currently sit second in their group, with Barcelona enjoying an excellent start and City surrendering two points against Celtic.
They have registered 4 points from their opening 2 matches, with a comfortable win against Borussia Monchengladbach at home.
On matchday two, they enjoyed an incredible six goal thriller at Parkhead, with Celtic going ahead three times with City pegging them back three times.
Goals from Moussa Dembele (3, 47) and Raheem Sterling (20 og) took Celtic ahead on three occasions, with Fernandinho (11), Raheem Sterling (28) and Nolito (55) rescuing the Blues.
Manchester City come into this match as underdogs, they will be looking to register their second win in the Champions League this season.
This will be a tough fixture for the City, arguably the toughest of Pep Guardiola's reign, they have been struggling for form since the Celtic result.
The English side would make history if they were to beat Barcelona, they have never beaten the Catalan side in four competitive fixtures.
Man City are 5/1 with Sergio Aguero at 13/2 to open the scoring.
Arsenal vs Ludogorets – Wednesday 19th October 2016 – 19:45 - BT Sport
Arsenal welcome Ludogorets to the Emirates on Wednesday evening, in the third round of matches from the Champions League group stages.
The English side come into this match on the back of a thrilling 3-2 win at home against Swansea.
Two goals from Theo Walcott (26, 33) and a fine finish from Mesut Ozil (57) gave the home side a 3-1 lead.
Bob Bradley's men refused to give up though, with G Sigurdsson (38),B González (66) ensuring the Gunners had a nervy finish.
Arsenal In Excellent Form
Arsenal had gone into the weekend's fixtures in exceptional form, with only one defeat this season.
They have started the Champions League in excellent form as well, with a gutsy draw and win from their two games.
Their opening fixture away at the Parc des Princes was very fortunate, with the Gunners escaping with a point.
Basel presented no real threat in the next match, with Arsenal producing a 2-0 win at the Emirates.
Due to their excellent form and unbeaten run Arsenal remain overwhelming favourites in this fixture.
They will be looking to register their second win of the competition, they will also be looking to make it back to back home wins.
Arsenal will be looking to make a huge step in the group and will be targeting top spot in the group.
Arsenal are 1/7 with Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez at 11/4 to score first.
Ludogorets travel to the Emirates on the back of a 3-1 win against Pirin at the weekend.
It's a result that sees Ludogorets remain second in the Bulgarian A League, with their league form excellent so far this season.
They have won their last six successive league matches and have lost just the one game this season, against Levski in their second match.
Just one point separates Ludogorets and Levski Sofia, although Ludogorets have the added advantage of a game in hand.
Huge Game For Ludo
The Bulgarians currently sit bottom of their group, with a 3-1 defeat against Paris St Germain in their last outing.
They have registered just one point from their opening 2 matches, with a draw against Basel their only positive result so far.
On matchday two, they took the lead against the Parisians, with Natanael opening the scoring in the 16th minute.
But PSG struck back with goals from Blaize Matuidi (41) and two goals in four minutes from Uruguayan Edinson Cavani (56, 60).
Ludogorets come into this match as underdogs, they will be looking to register their first win in the Champions League this season.
This will be a tough fixture for the visitors, arguably the toughest of their Champions League campaign, with Arsenal in scintillating form in all competitions.
The Bulgarians side would make history if they were to beat Arsenal, with this their first ever meeting in European competition.
Ludogorets are 22/1 with Claudiu Keseru and Jonathan Cafu at 16/1 to score first.
Tip 1 – Suarez to score first @ 3/1 and Barcelona to win 2-1 @ 8/1
Tip 2 – Perez to score first @ 3/1 and Arsenal to win 4-1 @ 14/1