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Champions League LIVE Twitter Q&A
The Champions League is back with its knockout rounds. In the build-up to today's encounter, Goal.com is having a question and answers session with all its correspondents, who shall discuss each of the fixtures in detail. Do join in, as an intense debate is assured especially since we have the BIG game at Emirates...

00:22 IST


So that's all for tonight guys. Enjoy the drama as it unfolds and do join our live commentary which starts in approximately 1 hour from now.

00:17 IST


The final question of the night and the trickiest one. Predictions!!

Brendon Netto: Arsenal 0-3 Bayern. Done and dusted

Aman Arora: Arsenal 2-1 Bayern Munich

Aditya Bajaj: 2-0 to Bayern

Mrunal Nakashe: 0-3 Bayern Munich this could be a very difficult night for Wenger.

Shikharr Chandra: Arsenal 1-1 Bayern. All to play for in the second leg

00:14 IST


Aditya Bajaj points out Bayern's Croatian forward Mandzukic to hurt the Gunners: The crotian has been in some form since his summer transfer that most of us have forgotten that Gomez plies his trade at the same club and his absence hasn't been felt at all.

Brendon Netto: Bayern have an embarrassment of riches in attack with Mandzukic in particular being in top form but if I had to pick out one player who could really make an impact for them tonight, it would have to be Ribery. Even though Arsenal don't have a natural left-back available tonight, I still consider Sagna to be the weakest-link in defense. Ribery could have a field day against him.

00:11 IST


Next question for our experts- Who do you think will be Bayern's main attacking threat tonight?

00:10 IST


Aman Arora : Cazorla, for sure has to be at his creative best today. He needs to link up well. the problem with Arsenal is that players can have their off- nights like Walcott and Podolski for example. They need to have their players in form today and not get phased out of the game.

Mrunal Nakashe: Van Buyten is the only real weakness for me at centre-back not too much pace and if Arsenal can play balls in behind him that will be a source of joy elsewhere will be interesting to see what the Likes of Podolski and Walcott can do out on the flank.

Brendon Netto: One word - Walcott. He could be the home side's best weapon tonight. His pace is simply electric and a ball over the top from either Wilshere, Arteta or Cazorla could set him off. David Alaba is not an easy full-back to beat one on one but Walcott can get around him if he times his runs well. The Englishman has been in good form this season and Arsenal will be hoping he can come up trumps again.

Aditya Bajaj: Van Buyten is a weakness on counter attacks because of his lack of pace, but he's gigantic and taking the aerial route against him will be difficult.

00:04 IST


We now ask our experts how Arsenal can score past such a strong defensive unit that Bayern have!

Bayern have the best defense in the European leagues so far this season. Where do you think Arsenal could look to breach that sturdy back-line?

00:02 IST


Mrunal Nakashe: Arsenal have been remarkably panic-striken at the back so for me it will interesting to see how Mertesacker and Koscielny deal with the threat of Mandzukic. Also Vermaelen is going to be out on the left he will most probably come up against Ribery and Muller that will be a key battle as well.

Brendon Netto: Wilshere up against Schweinsteiger is obviously one of the more eye-catching battles. It will be interesting to see how the two fare tonight. However, I think Ribery vs Sagna could be the most decisive battle. The winger is in top form and I expect him to run riot against the full-back tonight who hasn't been at his best since returning from injury. He has been caught out of position often, especially in their game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and if he falters tonight, Ribery will take full advantage.

Aditya Bajaj: Podolski is playing against his former side, but may find it hard as Lahm knows him better than anyone else both from the national team and their time together at Bayern.

Aman Arora points out two key battles: Wilshere vs Bastian Schweinsteiger and Podolski vs Lahm.

23:58 IST


Let's see what our experts have to say on tonight's key battles!

23:55 IST


Here is what our experts have to say-

Mrunal Nakashe
: Arsene Wenger has backed himself into a corner with that rant in the pre-match press conference the world is watching and the fans wil expect a performance tonight he may have the board's backing but there's only so much they can take as well they won't make it all the way to Wembley but progression in this is crucial or their season could fizzle out. 8 years without a trophy is way too much for a club of Arsenal's stature he is displaying signs of a man under pressure he knows the pressure is on.

Brendon Netto: The relevance of the questions from the media is not the issue here. As the manager of such a big club, you have to expect that the media are going to ask you some tough questions. Going on the offensive is not the best way to approach it. He had to be more tactful than that and in all honesty, his reaction won't instill much confidence in his team. It may well affect them tonight?

23:53 IST


How important is this game to Arsenal's season and Wenger's future? He had a bit of a melt down in front of the media yesterday, will that affect the team?

23:50 IST


So we move onto the BIG game at Emirates- Arsenal vs Bayern Munich.

23:46 IST


It's time for the final predictions before we shift our attention to the game at Emirates.

Mrunal Nakashe: This one is pretty even. Home advantage will count but I am going with Malaga to nick that away goal 2-1 Porto.

Shikharr Chandra: Porto to win but Malaga to get the vital away goal: 2-1

Brendon Netto:  Porto 2-1 Malaga

23:43 IST


So what do our experts think of the Pelligrini factor? Here you go...

Mrunal Nakashe: Pellegrini's European experience will surely give Malaga a slight edge in what is a finely balanced tie on paper they will look to play their normal game they have no pressure no one expected them to lose all eyes are on Porto they are the more established European force that suits Malga perfectly.

Brendon Netto: He is a very experienced manager and he did win the UEFA cup with Villareal back in 2004 so it will give them a slight advantage to have him in their dugout. He knows how to get the best out of his players and he will have them geared up for tonight. I doubt they will play only on the counter, he'll be more ambitious than that.

23:39 IST


How much will the experience of Pelligrini matter at this stage of the competition? Will he set up his side on the counter attack or will he want them to play their normal game?

23:35 IST


Both our experts fancy goals in this game regardless of Porto's good record

Shikharr Chandra:
Malaga have the fire power. We saw in the Spanish League how they overcame Real Madrid with ease. They have got the likes of Isco, Roque Santa Cruz and an exciting young talent in Lucas Piazon as well who was really impressive on his full debut for the club. I fancy Malaga to get an away goal.

Mrunal Nakashe: Although Porto's domestic stats are impressive in their own right the Champions League is a completely different kettle of fish a higher level sob this tie is pretty evenly split for me Malaga's strength is in attack and they will not sit back so there should be goals for both teams in this one

23:31 IST


The next question we ask our experts is regarding Porto's amazing defensive record this season.

FC Porto have conceded just 9 goals in the Portuguese league this season and are on top of the table as well. Are Malaga capable of breaking them down especially at home?

23:25 IST


Brendon Netto: Isco from Malaga will be the one to watch but the experience of Toulalan could come to the fore as well. James Rodrigues is an exciting talent for Porto but let's not forget their top scorer and 'new Falcao', Martinez. He is lethal in front of goal and it's no surprise that Atletico Madrid are already interested in signing him if they lose Falcao this summer.

Shikharr Chandra: Isco from Malaga and James Rodrigues from Porto. Both have been in flying form this season in the Champions league and have been their club's talisman in the league as well. James Rodrigues has managed to put aside the memories of Hulk and has been one of the rising stars in Europe.

Mrunal Nakashe: Malaga are in financial turmoil so their performance in the Champions League has been a pleasant surprise having lost a host of stars recently you have look at Isco in midfield as the diamond in the pack

this lad has every thing- quick feet, inteligence, incisive passing and an eye for goal if Malaga want a positive result on the night he has to make them tick

23:19 IST


We kick start our discussion with the game at Estádio do Dragão between Porto and Malaga, the two dark horses in this season's Champions League.

We ask our experts who they feel will be the key men from either sides and why?

23:15 IST


Hello guys and welcome to our LIVE dscussion of tonight's Champions League games! We have the big game at Emirates as Arsenal take on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and Porto take on this season's surprise package Malaga.