FC Porto v Arsenal: Match Preview

Venue: Estadio do Dragao   Date: Wednesday 10 December Kick-off: 1945 GMT

Arsenal Likely Line Up (4-4-2)

Almunia (c)
Eboue – Gallas – Djourou – Silvestre
Ramsey – Denilson
– Song – Diaby
Bendtner – Vela

Subs from: Fabianski, G.Hoyte, Gibbs, Randall, Merida, Wilshere, Simpson

Injury Doubts: Fabregas, Sagna

FC Porto: Line Up (4-5-1)

Fucile – Bruno Alves – Rolando – Lino
Hulk – Meireles – Lucho – Guarin – Rodriguez
Lisandro Lopez

Subs: Nuno, Pedro Emanuel, Stepanov, Fernando, Mariano,Tarik Sektioui, Tomás Costa.

Tactics Talk: There is not much to play for and both clubs will like to go top but in truth would prefer to leave the match without losing any more players to injury. Arsenal are unlikely to risk Fabregas and Sagna, while Clichy, Van Persie, Toure and Nasri are out while Adebayor is rested. Vela and Bendtner will start upfront and there is a good chance Wilshere or Merida will start wide if Diaby is not fully fit though a brief cameo is expected at least.

Lisandro Lopez is a tricky customer and will be dangerous however look out for the strong and deceptively fast Hulk. Not the tallest team but as they are good on the floor may play to Arsenal’s strengths. The wide men will be a threat especially Rodriguez and can counter at a fast pace.

Prediction:  FC Porto 0-0 Arsenal

Group G Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Arsenal 5 3 2 0 11 3 11
Porto 5 3 0 2 7 8 9
Dynamo Kyiv 5 1 2 2 3 4 5
Fenerbahçe 5 0 2 3 4 10 2

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