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UEFA Champions League

FC Porto vs Arsenal: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :February 19, 2024 at 1:24 PM
Modified at :February 19, 2024 at 1:24 PM
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Novojyoti Bhattacharjee


The Gunners will aim to continue their impressive run of form in Europe 

As of now, the Portuguese giants are in third place with 48 points in the league. At this stage, Porto are four points behind leaders Benfica and plan to fight for the title. They are also in the running for the Taca de Portugal and League Cup. Their last match was won by Mario and Galeno, as they took all three points from Estrela da Amadora. 

At the moment, Gunners are in second place behind Liverpool in the league with two points separating the sides. Mikel Arteta is doing an outstanding job leading them. This season, there is a genuine chance for Arsenal to win important titles. This match comes off the back of two impressive wins for Arsenal, a 0-6 demolition of West Ham and a 0-5 defeat of Burnley in the last game. As long as their front three remains in fine form, they will be a strong contender for the Champions League title.

Kick-Off:

Thu, 22 February at 1:30 AM IST

Location- Estádio do Dragão

Form:

Porto (in all competitions): W-L-D-W-W

Arsenal (in all competitions): W-W-W-W-W

Player to Watch

Evanilson (Porto)

A rising star for Porto this season, the 24-year-old Brazilian forward is deadly in one-on-one situations and can pose a major threat in the attacking third with his goals. With his trickery and ability to score spectacular goals from nowhere, he brings a Brazilian flavour to his game. In the last seven matches, he has scored eight goals, and will hope to be a huge threat to the Gunners’ defence.

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

With 13 goals and 12 assists for the Gunners in 32 games in all competitions, the talented wideman has shown excellent form for the Gunners this season. Having scored 6 goals in the last four matches, Bukayo Saka is coming into this match on red hot form. With his directness and ability to finish from both feet as well as creating opportunities for his team, Arsenal may have genuine chance to win trophies this season. 

Match Facts

  • Porto are unbeaten in the last 10 home matches
  • Arsenal have won the last five matches in a row
  • They will be facing each other for the first time since the 2009-10 season

Injury and Teams News

Among the two coaches, Sergio Conceicao will be happier since he has almost a fully fit squad to choose from except for experienced centre-back Ivan Marcano, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury and will miss most of the season.

As for Arsenal, they are missing a host of players with injuries, including Zinchenko, Timber, Partey and former Porto man Vieira. Mikel Arteta also has to decide whether to risk Gabriel Jesus with his injury. 

Head-to-Head 

Total Matches- 6

Porto- 3

Arsenal- 2

Draw- 1

Predicted Lineup for Porto vs Arsenal

Porto Predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Costa; Mario, Pepe, Otavio, Sanusi; Pepe, Varela, González; Conceicao, Evanilson, Galeno

Arsenal Predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Ødegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Trossard, Martinelli

Match Prediction for FC Porto vs Arsenal

As two European teams take on each other, this match will be entertaining for the neutrals. Arsenal is in great form and will be confident against Porto, who have struggled in Europe. Even so, Arsenal must be aware of Porto’s threat, who has the home advantage and can frustrate them in order to earn an important point. 

Prediction: Porto 1-2 Arsenal

Telecast for Porto vs Arsenal

India – Sony Sports Network, SonyLIV

UK – TNT Sports

US –  CBS, TUDN

Nigeria – SuperSport

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