Arsenal vs. Fenerbahce: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage on August 24, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Arsenal look to lock up a spot in the Champions League group stage in the second leg of a play-off against Fenerbahce.

These two clubs matched up a week earlier in Turkey, with Arsenal coming away with a 3-0 victory thanks to second-half goals by Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. This outcome makes it incredibly difficult for Fenerbahce to win on aggregate score.

The Turkish club will have to score four goals just to win, although a similar 3-0 result would tie things up. Still, this quality group should not be counted out after last season's second-place finish in the Super Lig.

As for Arsenal, the Premier League squad simply has to avoid a meltdown and it will earn a spot in the UCL group stage for the 16th year in a row.

When: Tuesday, August 27

Time: 2:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. BST

Where: Emirates Stadium, North London, England

TV: Fox Sports 1

Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2 Go (Subscription Required)

Arsenal Player to Watch: Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski was not necessarily expected to have a big role coming into the year. He did score 11 goals with nine assists last season, but the search for a forward in the transfer window gave an indication that the German was not needed.

However, injuries have forced Podolski back onto the first team, and he came through in a big way in the club's most recent match against Fulham

The veteran scored two goals in the 3-1 victory and has likely earned a bigger role going forward. If he can continue playing this well in the coming weeks, it will certainly ease concerns about a lack of quality on the attack. 

Fenerbahce Player to Watch: Dirk Kuyt

The former Liverpool player knows what it takes to defeat teams in the Premier League. However, he needs to be able to get it done himself.

Dirk Kuyt is one of Fenerbahce's best offensive options as an experienced scorer and passer who can create opportunities for himself and others. He was largely invisible in the first leg of this matchup, but Arsenal have to be aware of his ability the second time around.

Fenerbahce cannot afford to be cautious in this contest, so expect Kuyt to get a lot of touches throughout the match as he tries to get even in the aggregate score.

Prediction: Arsenal 1, Fenerbahce 1 (4-1 Agg)

Arsenal proved in its opening win that it is the superior club, although that does not mean it will look to run up the score in this match.

The Gunners will be smart to take a conservative approach from the start as they look to utilize the three-goal lead. They will try to maintain possession for a long time and prevent as many scoring chances as possible from their opponent.

Fenerbahce should be able to at least get one across thanks to a solid counter-attack, although Arsenal is unlikely to ever really be in danger of losing in the overall playoff.

This match will not feature much excitement, but Arsene Wenger's squad will do enough to qualify for the group stage in Champions League.

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