UWCL Quarterfinal Draw Is Complete

Arsenal will match up with Birmingham City in the quarterfinals of the 2013-2014 Champions League.

The quarterfinal matches are set for next year. Today was the draw of the final eight to determine who will play who all the way to the final match in Portugal.

Arsenal has drawn a fellow FA WSL member Birmingham City. Both teams are fighting for their UWCL lives this year, as the loser of this contest can guarantee they will not be in next year's edition of the tournament. Arsenal will travel to Birmingham for the first leg, and the second leg is at home.

Here's a look at the how the draw shook out.

Quarter-finals: 22/23 & 29/30 March

Tyresö FF (SWE) v SV Neulengbach (AUT)

VfL Wolfsburg (GER, holders) v FC Barcelona (ESP)

ASD Torres FC (ITA) v 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam (GER)

Birmingham City LFC (ENG) v Arsenal LFC (ENG)

Semi-finals: 19/20 & 26/27 April

Birmingham/Arsenal v Tyresö/Neulengbach

Torres/Potsdam v Wolfsburg/Barcelona

Final (Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon): 22 May

Winner semi-final 1 v Winner semi-final 2

It seems that out of all the quarterfinal match ups Arsenal has arguably the most equal matchup in the group. Tyresö should be expected to take care of business against Neulengbach, and I would be shocked if Barcelona's defense can hold up against Wolfsburg. If Potsdam's defense can continue its excellent play from last round, Torres shouldn't have much of a chance.

While Arsenal's tie with Birmingham City will most likely be the closest, it's still a pretty favorable matchup for the Gunners. It puts off facing a hot Tyresö for at least one more round, and Wolfsburg, the team that knocked out Arsenal last year, off until the final. Now that's all assuming Arsenal wins, which isn't a given, but like I said, still favorable.

Sadly, we won't get to see how this all plays out until March. So for now my friends, we wait.

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