Cech’s amazing record gives Arsenal hope

On Tuesday, Arsenal take on the mighty FC Barcelona in the round of 16 in the Champions League. The Gunners are the clear-cut underdogs against the Blaugrana. While there may be every reason to be a little daunted by the task ahead of them, the Gunners will be delighted to even be at this stage, having needed a terrific performance and a 3-0 victory away to Greek champions Olympiakos in order to make it through their group. No amount of preparation is enough against this Barcelona team, invariably. There is…

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Paris St. Germain vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

Chelsea renew acquaintances with Paris St. Germain on Tuesday in a hotly anticipated encounter as they meet in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the third season in succession. Both previous meetings have provided great drama and have been settled by the away goals rule, with Thiago Silva taking advantage of Chelsea’s increasing tension to decide matters in the 10-man French champions’ favour in 2015, which came as revenge for Demba Ba’s late winner a little under a year earlier. But a lot has changed since they last met,…

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Arsenal fans are fearing the worst in the Champions League [Best Tweets]

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Following the last night’s Barcelona’s 7-0 demolition of Valencia, Arsenal fans are very scared for their team. The Gunners are set to meet the Catalan in the first leg of the last-16 of Champions League at Emirates on 23rd of this month, and the club fans are already fearing the worst. The North London club’s recent stuttering form has certainly hasn’t helped their cause. I really don’t know what we’re going to do against Barcelona… #Arsenal #AFC #COYG — Khaled (@KAOSBEH) February 3, 2016 Barcelona are going to slaughter us…

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Falcao left out of Champions League squad amid rumours linking him with a move to China

Chelsea have left out on-loan striker Radamel Falcao from their Champions League squad for the latter stages of the tournament. The Colombian international was absent in the squad list released by the club on Wednesday, with new signings Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga both making the list. The BBC reports that the omission could be because the West London club are still trying to offload the 29-year old, with Chinese club Jiangsu Suning interested in his services. Falcao, who is currently owned by Ligue 1 club Monaco, was linked with a transfer deadline…

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Olympiakos vs Arsenal – Match preview and team news

Arsenal face an extremely tough ask as they travel to the home of Greek champions Olympiakos needing to win by two clear goals in order to book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League. A one goal victory would be enough for the Gunners, but only if they score at least four times, which seems somewhat fanciful. All of these permutations are due to Olympiakos’ 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium at the end of September, a result that Arsenal will lack back on with a huge…

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Chelsea vs FC Porto – Match preview and team news

Chelsea will be hoping to seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League by avoiding defeat against FC Porto, who need a win to secure their progress. The standings in Group G are the most complicated of any group, with Chelsea on top despite having lost to the Portuguese club in the reverse fixture. This is because Dynamo Kiev, who sit two points behind the leading duo, have taken four points from their two matches against Porto and so will go above them should they win –…

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Wolfsburg vs Man Utd – Match preview and team news

The pressure is on as Manchester United head to Germany to face Group B leaders Wolfsburg, where they need a win to secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League. If they were to draw, Louis van Gaal’s side would have to rely on PSV Eindhoven failing to win at home to CSKA Moscow, while defeat at the Volkswagen Arene would leave the Dutch club only needing a point from their game as they have the advantage over United in terms of head-to-head record. Meanwhile, a point…

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Juventus vs Man City – Match preview and team news

The battle to finish top of Champions League Group D is on the agenda in Turin as Manchester City look to secure a win over Juventus which will give them a better chance of avoiding the big guns in the round of 16. A tremendous all-round display away to Sevilla earlier in November sent City through after just four matches, a welcome contrast to last season when they had to produce two fine results to snatch second place against the odds. They come into this in top spot and a point clear…

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Man Utd vs PSV Eindhoven – Match preview and team news

Manchester United will be looking to make it four wins from four Champions League home games when they take on PSV Eindhoven, and could make it through to the knockout stages if results go their way. Despite some disquiet from the club’s supporters regarding their style of football, it cannot be disputed that it has been an excellent couple of weeks or so for United, beginning with victory in their last European match at home to CSKA Moscow. They had been frustrated for long periods of that encounter and looked to…

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Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

Chelsea could secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League if they manage to take three points from their long trip to Israel to face Maccabi Tel-Aviv, who have lost all four of their matches so far. Victory over Dynamo Kiev in their last European outing was crucial for Jose Mourinho and his team, however nervy it may have been, with yet another marvellous free-kick from Willian proving to be the winner after they had been pegged back to 1-1 having been forced on to the defensive…

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Arsenal vs Dinamo Zagreb – Match preview and team news

Arsenal face a very tough ask if they are to rescue their Champions League campaign, and anything other than a victory at home to Dinamo Zagreb will see them exit the competition at the group stage. The Londoners currently sit bottom of Group F alongside Dinamo Zagreb on three points, six behind the top two. That means that even if they do take the three points, if Olympiakos avoid defeat away to leaders Bayern Munich, they would be eliminated. If results go their way on Tuesday, they will have to…

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Bayern Munich vs Arsenal – Match preview and team news

Arsenal will be aiming to repeat their recent home success over Bayern Munich and bring themselves right back into contention in Champions League Group F as they head to the Allianz Arena for the return fixture. Having lost their first two group matches amid a catalogue of errors, that 2-0 win over the German champions has breathed new life into the Gunners’ European campaign, but there is still a considerable amount of work to be done. It is important that they avoid defeat here, as should they lose and Olympiakos get the better…

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Chelsea vs Dynamo Kiev – Match preview and team news

Chelsea and their beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho will once again be looking to the Champions League to provide some respite from their dismal domestic form as they face Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge. Everything is going wrong in the Premier League, but a win here will at least put them well on track in their attempts to reach the knockout stages of Europe’s leading competition. It is important that they do take maximum points, as they currently sit third in Group G, a point behind their opponents and three behind leaders…

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Sevilla vs Man City – Match preview and team news

Manchester City can give their hopes of making the knockout stages of the Champions League a major boost as they travel to Spain to face Sevilla, who will looking to gain revenge for their late defeat in the reverse fixture. Though scarcely deserved, Kevin de Bruyne’s stoppage time contribution in the match between the sides a fortnight ago appears a potentially crucial one in deciding the outcome of Group D. It leaves Man City on six points and level with leaders Juventus, while Sevilla have three points and sit alongside…

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Man Utd vs CSKA Moscow – Match preview and team news

Manchester United will be keen to gain maximum points from the first of two consecutive home games in Champions League Group B as they take on CSKA Moscow with the two sides level on four points. This, and the next European outing at Old Trafford against PSV Eindhoven, is likely to decide whether United make it through to the last 16, so manager Louis van Gaal will be determined to see more cutting edge in the final third than he has in recent matches. The group is finely poised, with…

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Man City vs Sevilla – Match preview and team news

Manchester City will be looking for only their second win in their last seven Champions League home games when they take on Europa League holders Sevilla in a pivotal encounter at the Etihad Stadium. The two sides are currently level on three points, both having lost to leaders Juventus and beaten bottom club Borussia Monchengladbach, so the outcome of this double-header could prove highly significant when it comes to deciding who qualifies for the last 16. If City were to claim victory here, it may give them a much-needed psychological advantage when they make the return…

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CSKA Moscow vs Man Utd – Match preview and team news

Manchester United can put themselves in a strong position in Champions League Group B with a win away to CSKA Moscow, with the two sides currently level on three points. Indeed, all four teams in the section are on the same points tally after two games, with United having recovered from their opening loss to PSV Eindhoven by coming from behind to win at home to Wolfsburg in a hard-fought game which required them to cling on to their lead in the closing stages. Meanwhile, after losing in Germany on…

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Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

With a win and a defeat from their opening two Champions League Group G matches, Chelsea make the long trip to face Dynamo Kiev for an encounter which could go a long way towards deciding to qualifies for the knockout stages. The current group table currently sees Chelsea third, a point behind their opponents who are joint top alongside FC Porto, who got the better of Jose Mourinho’s side on match day two. With two games against bottom club Maccabi Tel-Aviv coming up, Porto should be expected to all but secure…

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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich – Match preview and team news

Arsenal have given themselves a mountainous task to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, and to keep their hopes alive they simply must get the better of group leaders Bayern Munich in the first of a double-header. The visitors have won both of their matches so far, condemning Olympiakos to a rare home defeat with a clinical performance before breezing past Dinamo Zagreb, and qualification for them already looks a foregone conclusion. On the other hand, Arsenal have lost to both of those sides and are now…

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Man Utd vs Wolfsburg – Match preview and team news

Manchester United may have hit the top of the Premier League at the weekend, but they find themselves desperately needing to open their account on the European stage as Wolfsburg head to Old Trafford for an intriguing match-up. It was a night where nothing went the way of Louis van Gaal’s men, as they lost their first Group B encounter away to PSV Eindhoven. On top of losing Luke Shaw to an injury which will keep him out for much of the season, they gained little reward for dominating the…

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Man City – Match preview and team news

The mystery of Manchester City in Europe is still very much alive, and they will desperate to improve a run of three defeats in four games in all competitions by getting the better of Borussia Monchengladbach. Last season’s Premier League runners-up came into their opening Group D match at home Juventus knowing that they faced a tricky examination, but had taken maximum points from five Premier League games to take their winning run in domestic football to 11. Furthermore, they had not conceded a goal, but for whatever reason on…

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FC Porto vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

For all of their domestic struggles, Chelsea were the only English club to experience success in the first round of Champions League matches, and they will hope to make it two wins from two as manager Jose Mourinho returns to former club FC Porto. The victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv earlier in the month was out of keeping with most of the Blues’ season so far, as they controlled the game with authority and showed flashes of brilliance in easing to what was eventually a straightforward three-point haul. It was an ideal…

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Arsenal vs Olympiakos – Match preview and team news

There is no margin for error for Arsenal in their second Champions League group F match, as nothing less than win will be sufficient when Greek champions Olympiakos visit the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening. The two sides are familiar opponents, with this being the fourth time in seven seasons that they have been drawn together at this stage of the competition. Both teams lost their opening match, with Arsenal suffering the potentially disastrous setback of losing to Dinamo Zagreb, supposedly the weakest side in the group. With two games against Bayern Munich…

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Dinamo Zagreb vs Arsenal – Match preview and team news

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Arsenal have not made an impression on the latter stages of the Champions League for a number of seasons now, so there will be a greater sense of determination about the club as they go to Dinamo Zagreb for their opening match of the 2015-16 competition. Unlike the last four seasons, the Gunners have not had to make it through a qualifier in order to reach this stage, having achieved third place in the Premier League last term, which for the most part was a successful one. The biggest disappointment,…

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Chelsea vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv – Match Preview and team news

Chelsea are under immense pressure to turn things around after an abysmal start to the defence of their Premier League title, as their European campaign begins at home to Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Wednesday evening. On paper, it is clearly a game that the Blues should win, but nothing appears easy at present for a side which looked unflappable for so much of last season. Indeed, it was only in this competition where they showed any signs of nerves, succumbing to the 10 men of Paris St. Germain in a tumultuous…

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