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Ludogorets v Arsenal: line-ups, where to watch, form guide

Ludogorets coach Georgi Dermendzhiev says Arsenal will be English champions if they continue the way they are going but hopes Sunday's north London derby will be a distraction.

Ludogorets v Arsenal: line-ups, where to watch, form guide
Ludogorets v Arsenal: line-ups, where to watch, form guide ©AFP/Getty Images

Possible line-ups
Ludogorets: Borjan; Minev, Moți, Palomino, Natanael; Dyakov, Anicet; Marcelinho, Wanderson, Cafú; Keșerü.
Out: Vitinha (knee)
Misses next match if booked: Natanael

Arsenal: Ospina; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs; Xhaka, Elneny; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Özil, Sánchez; Giroud.
Out: Cazorla (unspecified), Walcott (fitness), Bellerín (unspecified), Monreal (rested), Lucas (ankle), Mertesacker (knee), Welbeck (knee), Akpom (back)

Where to watch
Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here

Highlights: Arsenal 6-0 Ludogorets

Georgi Dermendzhiev, Ludogorets coach
They have a very important league game on Sunday [against Tottenham]. They are in fantastic shape and if they keep it up, they will be champions of England. We have studied the first game in London and drawn the necessary conclusions. There will be some changes to our approach and we will be more cautious.

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
[First place in Group A] is our prime target, but we must do it step by step. In recent years we have paid the price for being runners-up because we then met teams like Barcelona and Bayern in the first knockout round. It is very important for us to win tomorrow, otherwise we may find ourselves in a difficult situation.

Our destiny lies in the minds of the players, how strong their focus is and how hungry they are. That starts here. We must keep a good balance between vigilance and confidence. We are both attacking sides so this should be an interesting match.

Weekend results
Dunav 3-5 Ludogorets (Budinov 14, Shopov 33, Patev 66; Keșerü 15 30 74, Wanderson 45, Cafú 90)
Claudiu Keșerü took his goal tally to seven in three matches in all competitions as Ludogorets racked up a seventh straight A League win. Dermendzhiev's side have scored 34 times in their first 11 league games.

Alexis Sánchez heads in against Sunderland
Alexis Sánchez heads in against Sunderland©Getty Images

Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal (Defoe 65p; Alexis Sánchez 19 78, Giroud 71 76)
The Gunners are unbeaten in 14 on all fronts, Olivier Giroud coming on against the Premier League's bottom team to net his first Arsenal goals of the season. Aaron Ramsey's substitute appearance was his first outing since the campaign opener.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Ludogorets: WWWLWW
Arsenal: WWDWWW

Reporter's view: Stoyan Georgiev (@UEFAcomStoyanG)
Arsenal's first-ever visit is the footballing event of the year in Bulgaria. Can Ludogorets rise to the occasion? They had their moments in London but lost heavily in the end, and the signs are that Dermendzhiev will make changes, with Milan Borjan in goal and Keșerü leading the line. Since matchday three, the Romanian forward has claimed seven goals in three games. However, Arsenal are flying and it might take divine intervention for Ludogorets to get the result they need to maintain their chance of a third-placed finish.

Did you know?
Ludogorets drew 2-2 with Liverpool in their only previous home fixture against English opponents. For more information, check out of in-depth match background.