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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

December 10 2008: FC Porto vs Arsenal Live Score and Detailed Analysis

If you want to get online live score and updates of the FC Porto vs Arsenal match, then visit the following link:

FC Porto vs Arsenal Live Score and Updates

Porto vs Arsenal match has perhaps become an academic exercise for both of the teams. There is not a lot of play for. Whatever the result comes on 10 December (Wednesday) 2008 night, both of the teams will advance in the next round of UEFA Champions League 09-09. They will be in the last 16 of the tournament from G group. Both of them have played 5 matches and Arsenal has 11 points while Porto has 9. So, the only thing to play for is to becoming the group leader. For that, Porto has to win while a draw is enough for the London club.

Match Summary:

Match: FC Porto vs Arsenal; Group G, UEFA Champions League 2008-09

Date: 10 December 2008, Wednesday

Venue: Estadio do Dragao Porto, Portugal

Kick off: 19:45 BST (British Standard Time)

Arsenal’s recent form is not that much impressive. Their lackluster form in the 1-0 league victory over Wigan Athletic on Saturday was not enough to boost up their confidence they lost thanks to the Carling Cup defeat to Burnley last week. However, the Arsenal players can seek inspiration from their away victory at Chelsea last week. Actually, Arsenal has been going through a mixed form so far this season and inconsistency has been a great problem for the North London club. With 29 points from 16 matches, Arsenal is currently at the fourth place in the league standing with 8 points behind leader Liverpool.

However, in Europe, Arsenal maintained a level of consistency which saw the Gunners winning 3 and drawing 2 matches in Group G. In their last European fixture, Arsenal defeated Dynamo Kiev 1-0 at home. Arsenal has already been out of their Carling Cup campaign in what ended manager Arsene Wenger’s chance to test Arsenal’s young blood. As the match against Porto is not very important, Wenger might include some of his young, reserve bench players in the starting line up for the Porto encounter.

For Arsenal, there is a good news. Times Online reported:

Eduardo da Silva is to make his comeback from a broken left fibula and dislocation of his left ankle with the reserve team next week, but Tomas Rosicky will have to wait another three months at least as he recovers from hamstring problems.

For Porto, they need a victory in order to get into the knockout phase of the tournament as the group champion. In front of their own supports, Porto is expected to be aggressive to avenge their previous defeat to Arsenal on the road. Portuguese champion FC Porto’s mediocre domestic form, which sees Porto securing the fourth place in Portugal Liga with 20 points from 10 matches, may not give them much confidence ahead of the Arsenal clash. However, Porto’s very recent form is really impressive as the Portuguese giants won all of their last six matches in all competitions. In their recent league match, Porto defeated Vitoria Setubal 3-0. Porto is taking the second place in Champions League group thanks to three wins and two defeats- thus accumulating nine points from 5 outings. So, you can see that Porto’s form in Europe is inconsistent. Yet, Porto’s recent form in Europe is really very impressive as the three-time defending champions of Portugal Liga pulled off two away victories over Fenerbahce and Dynamo Kiev in their last two Champions League matches.

Telegraph wrote:

Nasri is doubtful for the trip while Eduardo is closing in on a long-awaited return.

Wenger said: "Nasri has injured his ankle again. We have to see what happens there. In the Premier League on that front you need strong ankles! But we know that and it takes some time for them to get used to it.

Online Live Score and Update

Here, I am giving some name of online live score and update websites from where you can get the live score and updates of the match:

Live Score

Goalzz

Live Football Scores

Goal.com

Footie Scorez

To be honest with you, I have mixed feelings about the favorite of this match. Who will win it? Well, I would like to say that Porto is favorite because the recent form of Arsenal is not consistent at all. They are playing good and bad both. On the other hand, Porto is dying to get revenge for 4-0 defeat at the Emirates stadium a few months ago. However, I think that Arsenal is the favorite because they are in superb form this season in Europe.

What do you think?

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