The UEFA Champions League is back as we begin the round of 16 phase of the competition. All of the clubs left in the mix will believe that they’re in with a real chance of making a run deep into the knockouts, but as we know, this is as competitive as it gets in European football. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the upcoming first leg encounter between Porto and Arsenal.Porto Form Guide
It’s been almost twenty years since FC Porto’s remarkable Champions League success under Jose Mourinho and, for many, they aren’t expected to repeat that triumph anytime soon - if ever. Alas, they do always seem to do fairly well when looking at the competition as a whole, which is why they’re always a dangerous prospect to take on in any competition.
Porto’s only real hurdle in the group stage was Barcelona, who wound up going through with them. They lost 1-0 and 2-1 to the Spaniards but aside from that, they beat Shakhtar 3-1 and 5-3 and they defeated Antwerp 4-1 and 2-0.Arsenal Form Guide
Arsenal Football Club are back in the big time and up to this point, they’ve done a pretty good job of proving that they belong. Mikel Arteta has worked incredibly hard to get them back to this level and even though they still have a long way to go, it’s exciting to consider what the future could hold. Who knows, maybe this is just the latest chapter in something very special.
Arsenal’s 4-0 win over PSV was quickly forgotten about by fans after they suffered a surprising 2-1 loss away to Lens. They did, however, rattle off a pair of nice wins over Sevilla, before smashing Lens 6-0 in the rematch and drawing 1-1 with PSV on the final matchday.Match Prediction
Porto have often been seen as a team that everyone wants to face in the knockouts but this time around, we strongly believe they’re going to put up a good fight against the Gunners. With that being said, we’re not sure it’ll be enough in this one, which is why we’re backing Arsenal to secure a narrow first leg win.