Champions League Preview: Fenerbahçe vs. Arsenal

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Updated: August 16, 2013
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Sports betting sites are up again for a hectic job with new matches headlining one of Europe’s most anticipated tournaments. Playing for the Champions League playoffs, Fenerbahçe vs. Arsenal will be competing against each other on August 22 to win a place in the higher stages of the tournament. The latter will play home, with the event taking place at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu in Istanbul.

 

Fenerbahçe’s façade for the fixture

Finishing the Turkish Super Lig last season as runners-up, Fenerbahçe are looking forward for a return to the group stage of the Champions League. Their last campaign for the tournament was in the 2008-09 season. They suffered a play-off defeat from Spartak Moskva, causing an obstruction to their supposed sixth appearance in the fixture. They were, however, quite fortunate in the UEFA Europa League. Of the seven home matches they had last term, four wins were achieved with just two draws and one loss obtained.

 

Arsenal’s history with the Champions League

Arsenal, Premier League’s fourth placers last season, are on their way for a 16th consecutive appearance in the UEFA Champions League football. The side reached the last 16 of the last term’s tournaments, but were later beaten by Bayern München on away goals. While they remain veterans of the international league, Arsenal had progressed past the quarter-finals only once via the 2005–06 season. This marked the only occasion that a London Club reached the final of the Champions League. They were, however, trampled by Barcelona 1-2 in this round. In addition, the team set a record during the same tournament. They went against ten matches without conceding a goal, successfully beating the previous best of seven made by AC Milan.

 

And the victory goes to…

Arsenal will likely get the marbles out of this tourney. Fenerbahçe may be presenting a serious obstacle, but the English side can conquer the team with razor-sharp performances. Their last meeting in the Champions League was almost five years ago, where Arsenal made a congregate win over Fenerbahçe 5-2.

 

 

Fenerbahçe vs. Arsenal | Image source: zimbio.com