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Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2010-02-17

In Wednesday's Champions League last 16 first leg, Arsenal travel to Porto and Fiorentina face Bayern Munich, who have just won their 12th game in a row.

Porto v Arsenal (20.45 GMT+1)

Arsenal's injury situation is worse than first feared with defender William Gallas, forward Eduardo and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia all out of the last 16 first leg against Porto. Arsene Wenger was already resigned to losing forward Andrei Arshavin and midfielder Alex Song.

Sol Campbell could feature in what would be his first appearance in the competition since he scored in Arsenal's unlucky final against Barcelona in 2006 final. Wenger has also given Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who is set to replace Almunia, a vote of confidence.

Porto's long unbeaten record at home to English sides came to an end when they went down 1-0 to Manchester United in the quarter-finals last year, but captain Bruno Alves insists his team will not be over-cautious against Arsenal.

"Our main goal is to gain a good advantage in tomorrow's game," said the 28-year-old Portuguese international.



Bayern Munich v Fiorentina (20.45 GMT+1)


Bayern Munich's on-form Dutch striker Arjen Robben is dreaming of sending Italy's Fiorentina packing in their Champions League clash at home but admits that the reality might be different.  "The ideal result would be 6-0 but maybe that's not going to happen," Robben, who has scored in his last five appearances for the German giants, told German daily Bild.

On paper, Bayern look to be the clear favourites against the struggling, under-strength Italian club, with 12 straight wins in all competitions behind them.

Their opponents meanwhile have gone five games without a win in Serie A, were beaten in the first leg of the Italian Cup semi-finals by Inter Milan earlier this month and have slumped to 11th in the league. However, the Italians have clawed their way back in the European competition and topped their Champions League group with five straight wins, including a 2-1 win against Liverpool at Anfield to complete a double victory over the Reds.

Date created : 2010-02-17

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