Champions League : Barcelona vs Arsenal
Barcelona is in front of the 9th consecutive appearances in “quarters” League. In its favor are both the result of the travel tour with Arsenal, 2-0 (Messi 71, 83 penalty) and the extraordinary period passes. Primera leading the band prepared Luiz Enrique is undefeated for 37 matches in all competitions, with 6 draws and 31 wins last 8 consecutive. 15 goals scored in their previous three matches all season and has not scored in only two of 49 games played. The home is unbeatable this season, with two draws and 21 successes in a row previous 10, always gave a goal. Trecutele four meetings in the “Camp Nou” gathered 21 successful.
Instead, Arsenal (3rd in the Premier League) has some problems lately. Frenchman Arsene Wenger students last game they lost 1-2 at home to Watford in the Cup, and have only a triumph, all in the Cup 4-0 at Hull in the last 7 matches, with two draws and 4 defeats, regardless of race. 5 games fall steadily but have taken 4 goal. No “outside” not fared amazing: only one win in their previous three visits made or, further back, two successes 7 trips here.
The Catalans are unbeaten in the current League, scoring without exception in the 7 duels and won all three home games so far, with 11 goals and two incoming data. They triumphed on line in previous continental September dispute on the “Camp Nou”. Ba, 0-3 with Bayern in 2013 is the only failure of the last 36 games at home in the League (29 successes). 17 triumphs, 11 draws and two defeats have been at home with English teams, which were checked against 10 deletions and 13 doubles qualifications confrontation in Europe. In addition, overall, went further in 35 of 37 cases when they imposed on foreign land tour.
Englishmen seeking first “quarter” from 2010 onwards, in the last three editions of the stop every time “optimal”. Two setbacks and triumph have checked “out” in the current edition of Champions. So far in Spain have recorded two wins, 3 draws and 8 failures, but have not won in a decade, from 1-0 with Real in ‘knockout’ League. They passed five qualifications account in the 8 double Iberian clashes with formations, precedence in 2008-2009 in the semifinals at the expense of Villarreal, before you meet Barcelona in the final in Paris, lost 1-2.
Barcelona is top Chapter direct duels with 5 wins, two draws and just one defeat, suffered away now three disputes (1-2), goal difference 19-10. Team “blaugrana” came out better in all three double confrontations (groups 1999-2000 “quarters” 2009-2010 “optimal” 2010-2011), but especially in the 2006 League final, won 2-1. In this League, both combatants have scored more in the second half, 63 percent and 67 percent of goals.
Three absences hosts accidentaţii Rafinha and Sandro, plus Pique suspended. In last place will be used probably Mathieu, existing and former variant “gunner” Vermalen. Can be used instead Arda Turan, escaped suspension. To “gunners” are more unavailable: Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain instead Koscielny was restored, which could again be tenured alongside Mertesacker. Petr Cech raises many questions.