Arsenal will welcome German giants Bayern Munich to the Emirates Stadium for their round of 16 clash in the UEFA Champions League this week.
Having been eliminated from both the FA Cup and Capital One Cup to lowly teams as well as sitting a long way back in the race for the Premier League title, the Champions League is seemingly Arsenal's last remaining chance of ending their title-less streak in 2013.
However, the task ahead of them won't be easy, with Bayern one of the form teams in world football at the moment and proving to be extremely effective away from home.
Jupp Heynckes' side have been in blistering form through both the Champions League and the Bundesliga, dropping just two games through both competitions and dominating their opponents in the process. They'll be primed for a big performance away from home as they try to gain an advantage for the return fixture in Germany next month.
It'll no doubt be a huge Champions League clash this week with both sides eager to gain the upper hand in the first leg. Expect attacking brilliance, defensive solidity and some moments of magic throughout this one—the question simply being now as to who will triumph.
Read on for a full listing of all the live stream and viewing information that you need to know for this one, as well as a last-minute prediction for the match.
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Start time: 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. local time)
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, England
Live Stream and TV Info
Live Soccer TV has a full listing of all the viewing details for this match, with Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Soccer Channel, and FOX Deportes all covering the fixture throughout the United States.
UTV, ITV HD and ITV 1 will also do the same throughout the United Kingdom, with this match available for live stream through Sky Sports' Events Centre.
Bayern Munich will enter this Champions League match as the firm favorites to walk away with victory, but don't completely rule out the home side here.
Arsenal are playing in their biggest match of the season so far, and have shown this year that they can rise to expectations for big games.
The biggest question will be, however, whether the Gunners will shine in the spotlight or if their attack will simply be littered with inconsistencies—as it has been for most of the season. Against a disciplined and incredibly tough Bayern defense, however, if it is anything other than excellent, the North London club will find it hard to get anything going forward in this one.
Arsenal's defensive midfield duo of Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta have a huge role to play here to try and snuff out the German giants' midfield, which has shown throughout the Champions League that it can quickly change the course of a match, seemingly at will.
If Arsenal can win that battle, then they'll go a long way to keeping themselves in this one and keeping their European dream alive in 2013.
I would expect both teams to be relatively quiet in the opening half, with the battle for control in the middle the biggest deciding factor in this one. I think Bayern just have too much strength there and will break down the North Londoners in the second half as a result—taking a 1-0 win on the night and a decisive advantage back for the second leg in Germany.
Prediction: Arsenal 0, Bayern Munich 1
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