FC Porto vs Arsenal preview: Prediction, team news & lineups

  • Arsenal's Champions League knockout stage campaign begins in Porto
  • Gunners are in immense form heading into Wednesday's first leg
  • Porto have endured a tough 2024

Arsenal begin their Champions League knockout stage campaign on Wednesday night
Arsenal begin their Champions League knockout stage campaign on Wednesday night / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages
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Arsenal's maiden Champions League knockout stage campaign in seven years kicks-off on Wednesday night as they travel to FC Porto on Wednesday night.

The Gunners topped a tame Group B at the end of 2023 as they secured statement home victories over PSV and RC Lens. UCL veterans Porto, meanwhile, qualified behind Barcelona in Group H to set up this round of 16 tie.

Arsenal head into Wednesday's game in imperious form. After they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool, Mikel Arteta's side have won five successive Premier League games, scoring 21 goals in the process.

As for Porto, they've endured a rather indifferent 2023/24 thus far. The Portuguese side are third in the Primeira Liga and unlikely to challenge the Lisbon clubs for the title. Their recent form has served as a microcosm for what's been a mixed bag of a season.


FC Porto vs Arsenal preview

Kai Havertz
The Gunners are in tremendous form / Harriet Lander/Copa/GettyImages

Here's our preview of Wednesday's Champions League clash.


How to watch FC Porto vs Arsenal on TV

  • When is kick-off? Wednesday 21 February
  • What time is kick-off? 20:00 (GMT)
  • Where is it played? Estadio Dragao
  • TV channel/live stream? discovery+, discovery+ App, TNT Sports 1 (UK) / Peacock (US) / DAZN (Canada)
  • Referee? Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)

FC Porto team news

The hosts haven't been hamstrung by injuries as of late. On Wednesday, they'll likely only be without Ivan Marcano, who could miss the rest of the season with a long-term knee injury.

Mehdi Taremi could come back into the starting lineup after he was an unused substitute at the weekend.


Arsenal team news

Fabio Vieira
Fabio Vieira could return to face his former club / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/GettyImages

Arteta could welcome back a couple of injured stars on Wednesday night. Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus, and Fabio Vieira all harbour hopes of being involved.

Vieira has been out of action since December but is in contention to take on his former club.

Thomas Partey could also be included in Wednesday's squad. Jurrien Timber will miss out, but a return to full training is said to be imminent. Emile Smith Rowe earned minutes off the bench at the weekend.


FC Porto vs Arsenal predicted lineups

FC Porto: Costa; Mario, Pepe, Cardoso, Wendell; Conceicao, Varela, Gonzalez, Galeno; Taremi, Evanilson.

Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Rice, Odegaard, Havertz; Saka, Trossard, Martinelli.


FC Porto's recent form

Date

Result

Competition

17/02/24

FC Porto 2-0 Estrela Amadora

Primeira Liga

12/02/24

Arouca 3-2 FC Porto

Primeira Liga

03/02/24

FC Porto 0-0 Rio Ave

Primeira Liga

28/01/24

Farense 1-3 FC Porto

Primeira Liga

20/01/24

FC Porto 5-0 Moreirense

Primeira Liga


Arsenal's recent form

Date

Result

Competition

17/02/24

Burnley 0-5 Arsenal

Premier League

11/02/24

West Ham 0-6 Arsenal

Premier League

04/02/24

Arsenal 3-1 Liverpool

Premier League

30/01/24

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal

Premier League

20/01/24

Arsenal 5-0 Crystal Palace

Premier League


FC Porto vs Arsenal score prediction

Arsenal's majestic recent run will have many expecting an away win on Wednesday, but Porto, despite their indifference this season, are plucky opposition. They're experienced and built to frustrate sides of Arsenal's calibre.

Sergio Conceicao is a wily coach who'll set his team up in a compact 4-4-2 block and aim to hit the visitors on the counter-attack. Porto certainly have the requisite threats to hurt the Gunners.

Thus, the inexperience travellers could be caught cold on occasions, but the swagger they're currently playing with means it's hard to envisage the hosts containing them for the duration.

Prediction: FC Porto 1-2 Arsenal


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