Tuesday, August 16, 2011

UEFA Champions League Playoffs: Tuesday's Previews

Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to shrug off the loss of Cesc Fabregas and pull together to see off Udinese in their Champions League play-off on Tuesday night. Lyon host Rubin Kazan with the hosts again without key central defender Cris. The Brazilian missed Les Gones' second Ligue 1 game of the season at the weekend, a 1-1 draw at home to Ajaccio, with a thigh problem and he will not have recovered in time to face the Russians at the Stade Gerland. Tuesday night's other ties see FC Twente host Benfica, Bate Borisov meet Sturm Graz and Viktoria Plzen go to FC Copenhagen.

Arsenal vs. Udinese
Preview I
Preview II
Can Udinese rejoin Europe's elite at fragile Arsenal's expense?
Guidolin follows Arsenal model
Key Battles

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