Two weeks ago, Arsenal put an end to Sporting’s unbeaten home run that lasted for more than a year. The Portuguese now want a revenge, but can they do it in London in front of sixty thousand fans at the Emirates? This could be a good chance to grab some free bets and bet on this Europa League match. Read this Arsenal vs Sporting prediction to find it out. And also don’t forget to check out the betting tips at the bottom if you’re planning to make some cash this Thursday.
Unai Emery has been doing a really fine job with Arsenal, which has led them to the 5th place on the Premier League table. The best thing is that they don’t know about defeat since the early days of the season. In fact, their unbeaten run goes all the way back to August when they lost the London Derby to Chelsea.
And the chances are that the Gunners will keep on playing well in the future. The pressure is not on them to perform great, considering that they haven’t been playing too well under Wenger. Another reason why their good run ought to keep on going is that their schedule isn’t too tough.
When it comes to the Europa League, they have all wins so far and beating Sporting on Thursday evening would practically mean that they’ve secured a place in the knockouts. And that they’ll probably go there from the top spot in the group. Therefore, winning against Sporting would mean that their job is done and that they can switch their focus to the Premier League for the next couple of months.
With 6 points, Sporting are on the second place of the Group E table. Comparing their quality to the quality of Vorskla and Qarabag, Sporting seem destined to advance to the knockout stage. But, if they lose in London and Vorskla beat Qarabag in Ukraine, the things may get a little bit complicated for them.
Still, even in such scenario, they would still be much closer to the knockout stage than the team from Ukraine, which means that the pressure is not high on them to perform well in London. Actually, they’re expected to lose this game, which means that they have absolutely no burden on their back. They can go out on the pitch and play their game, hoping for the best.
With no pressure on them, Sporting players might become more creative, the question is whether it’ll be worth it. Do they have the quality to transfer that creativity into real goal chances? Well, the thing is that they aren’t famous as a very attacking side. Actually, their strongest point has been their defense.
But, they certainly do have a couple of really talented players in the final third, including Nani, former Man United player who has a very good history playing against Arsenal. He played a total of 9 matches against Arsenal, 7 of which finished in his team’s favor.
- Laurent Koscielny (injury)
- Stefan Ristovski (injury)
- Rodrigo Battaglia (injury)
- Stefano Sturaro (injury)
- Raphinha (injury)
Leno – Mustafi, Sokratis, Bellerin, Monreal – Torreira, Xhaka, Ozil – Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Renan Ribeiro – Coates, Pinto, Bruno Gaspar, Acuna – Petrovic, Gudelj, Jovane Cabral – Nani, Bruno Fernandes, Montero
Arsenal vs Sporting Prediction
It’s important for Arsenal to win this game and secure their place in the knockout stage of the competition. Apart from the motivation, they also have the quality to win this game easily. So, I would definitely recommend putting some money on Arsenal.
Arsenal vs Sporting Betting Tips
- Arsenal @1.32 (William Hill)
- Arsenal -1.5 Asian Handicap @1.95 (bet365)