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Arsenal vs Benfica betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Rob Holding after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 16, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Peter Cziborra - Pool/Getty Images)
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Arsenal vs Benfica betting tips, odds & predictions

This article covers Arsenal vs Benfica betting tips, odds and predictions.

The betting odds are as follows:

o – Arsenal 3/4

o – Draw 3/1

o – Benfica 10/3

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

 

Arsenal vs Benfica: Match details

Match: Arsenal vs Benfica

Competition: UEFA Europa League

Date: February 25, 2021

Kick-off time: 5:55 pm, February 25, 2021 (UK time)

Stadium: Georgios Karaiskakis

Arsenal vs Benfica betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. (Photo by Andy Rain/PA Images via Getty Images)

 

Betting prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Benfica

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Arsenal will likely be a little more confident than their opposition going into the second-leg against Benfica given the evidence of the first. Though proceedings ended 1-1, Benfica’s lone-goal came from the spot while the majority of the better chances during the run of play came through the Gunners. Neither side are in brilliant domestic form, but an open match probably suits the Premier League outfit more.

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To Win To Nil: Arsenal

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Mentioned in the overall betting prediction, Benfica’s inability to really cause Arsenal major headaches at the back last week spoke to the fact that they may struggle once again to really get at the Gunners’ back-line. Arsenal, owners of the valuable away goal, could force Benfica to be more open as the Portuguese outfit need a goal to have a chance of staying in the competition.

Result/Total Goals: Arsenal – Under 2.5

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Arsenal struggle in their own right to be consistent in front of goal this season, a current trait that was on display in the first-leg, but also during the entire course of the current Premier League campaign. Benfica suffers from a similar ailment, and though both have the firepower to find goals, seeing more than a couple of girls in Athens on Thursday evening doesn’t seem likely given how both clubs have been performing of late.

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Arsenal vs Benfica – recent form and head to head statistics

Arsenal FC vs SL Benfica form
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Sheffield United FC vs Arsenal FC - 0:3
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Arsenal FC vs SK Slavia Prague - 1:1
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Arsenal FC vs Liverpool FC - 0:3
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West Ham United FC vs Arsenal FC - 3:3
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Arsenal FC vs Olympiacos Piraeus - 0:1
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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FC Pacos Ferreira vs SL Benfica - 0:5
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SL Benfica vs CS Maritimo Madeira - 1:0
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SC Braga vs SL Benfica - 0:2
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SL Benfica vs Boavista FC - 2:0
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Belenenses SAD vs SL Benfica - 0:3
Last 5 games for Arsenal FC
April 11, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Sheffield United FC 0 - 3 Arsenal FC
April 8, 2021 UEFA Europa League 20/21 Arsenal FC 1 - 1 SK Slavia Prague
April 3, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Arsenal FC 0 - 3 Liverpool FC
March 21, 2021 Premier League 20/21 West Ham United FC 3 - 3 Arsenal FC
March 18, 2021 UEFA Europa League 20/21 Arsenal FC 0 - 1 Olympiacos Piraeus
Last 5 games for SL Benfica
April 10, 2021 Primeira Liga 20/21 FC Pacos Ferreira 0 - 5 SL Benfica
April 5, 2021 Primeira Liga 20/21 SL Benfica 1 - 0 CS Maritimo Madeira
March 21, 2021 Primeira Liga 20/21 SC Braga 0 - 2 SL Benfica
March 13, 2021 Primeira Liga 20/21 SL Benfica 2 - 0 Boavista FC
March 8, 2021 Primeira Liga 20/21 Belenenses SAD 0 - 3 SL Benfica
Arsenal FC vs SL Benfica UEFA Europa League 20/21 form
Arsenal FC SL Benfica
11 Matches played 8
8 Matches won 3
158 Goal attempts 74
63 Shots on goal 35
68 Shots off goal 28
71 Corner kicks 37
58% Average ball possession 52%
27 Shots blocked 11
13 Cards given 8
113 Free kicks 108
28 Offsides 12
1 Shots on post 1
3 Shots on bar 0
22 Goals by foot 15
4 Goals by head 4
28 Goals scored 21
11 Goals conceded 13
Arsenal FC vs SL Benfica statistics for most recent head to head matches
Arsenal FC SL Benfica
5 Matches 5
3 Home Matches 2
2 Away Matches 3
15 Total Goals 8
3 Average Goals Scored 1.6
3 Wins 1
1 Losses 3
1 Draws 1
Last 5 games & match results between Arsenal FC and SL Benfica
February 25, 2021 UEFA Europa League 20/21 Arsenal FC 3 - 2 SL Benfica
February 18, 2021 UEFA Europa League 20/21 SL Benfica 1 - 1 Arsenal FC
July 29, 2017 Emirates Cup 2017 Arsenal FC 5 - 2 SL Benfica
August 2, 2014 Emirates Cup 2014 Arsenal FC 5 - 1 SL Benfica
August 6, 2011 Club Friendly Games 2011 SL Benfica 2 - 1 Arsenal FC


 

Arsenal vs Benfica: Match preview

It is Europa League or bust for Arsenal now, or at least it should be, after Mikel Arteta’s Gunners succumbed to a relatively straight forward (and expected) 1-0 loss to Manchester City at the weekend in a performance that featured rotation and little impetus to really go for a result. Arsenal is now facing the prospect of no European football next season unless they win the Europa League, a goal that they should view as achievable.

On the domestic front, the north London outfit is eleven points off fourth, nine off fifth, and sixth of sixth thanks to the catastrophic recent form shown by Liverpool. Their Premier League destiny is not in their own hands, however, with the Arsenal having to hope for Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Aston Villa, Tottenham, and Leeds United to all run into a brick wall in conjunction with their own return to consistent winning ways. But that has not seemed likely of late as Arteta has presided over three losses in their last four, and if not for their 4-2 win at home against Leeds, the domestic picture would be even more difficult than it currently is.

Thankfully, the Europa League is an avenue that should still be seen as a legitimate one. Despite crashing out early at the hands of Olympiakos last season, they did reach the final two seasons ago against domestic rivals Chelsea. With the ever-increasing sentiment that Arsenal cannot compete on both fronts given their lack of depth in certain areas, prioritization of their European campaign is likely to be viewed as the logical approach to take by Arteta.

When at full strength, the Gunners’ best-possible XI is probably one of the most potent on offer in the knockout stage. Though European campaigns are never easy to see to an end that includes a trophy presentation ceremony, it is the only goal left for a club that has struggled year-on-year in the wake of Arsène Wenger’s retirement from management.

Arsenal vs Benfica betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L), Arsenal’s French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe (C) and Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette (R) discuss options at a freekick during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP)

Benfica are in a similar boat to Arsenal as Thursday approaches

Much like their opposite number on Thursday evening in Athens, Portuguese giants Benfica are enduring a domestic campaign that is well off the lofty-heights where their usual standards reside. A disappointing 0-0 draw away at Farense in a match they dominated and really should have one, highlights exactly where Jorge Jesus’ men are at the minute. Posting a 1-4-1 record in their last six Liga NOS fixtures – including a loss to bitter city-rivals Sporting CP – As Águias are fifteen points off Sporting who sit comfortably atop the table, and more frustratingly, trail SC Braga by four points for the all-important Champions League qualifying round place in the table.

Both talent and experience exist in this team, however, and that is what is most frustrating for the league’s all-time winningest club (to date). Gian-Luca Waldschmidt, Darwin Núñez, Everton, Alejandro Grimaldo, Nicolás Otamendi, Jan Vertonghen, Julien Weigl, Haris Seferovic, and Adel Taarabt all feature in a team that can call upon considerable technical proficiency and high levels of European experience.

There is so much more capable of coming out of the Estádio da Luz this season, and perhaps we have seen flashes of it in the Europa League group stage. They achieved the third-highest goal return (18) during that period, behind Bayer Leverkusen (21), and Arsenal (20), while two high-octane draws against high-flying Glasgow Rangers (2-2, and 3-3) showed they know how to get themselves on the scoresheet. If not for a disappointing draw against Standard Liege on matchday six, Benfica would have gone on to top the group and perhaps right a different chapter in the knockout stage, but the respect they have shown Arsenal thus far when deploying in a back-three during the first leg could be Jesus trying to mask the fact that their defensive record in the group stage was hardly impressive.

Whatever deployment Jesus intends to utilize on Thursday, the balance must be right if they are to get past an Arsenal outfit that currently occupies the same boat. Winning Europa League could save either side a considerable amount of blushes, and for Benfica, it may require them to put faith in what they know rather than being afraid of what they do not.


 

Arsenal team news vs Benfica

Mikel Arteta will only have at most two players unavailable for Arsenal’s trip to Athens, with Thomas Partey likely to be unavailable, and Rob Holding guaranteed to miss-out.

It is unclear what matchday XI the Basque headmaster will turn to, though it’s clear he is taking the Europa League seriously. In that light, it’s likely that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will start yet again, but what to make of the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pépé, no one knows for sure.

Benfica team news vs Arsenal

André Almeida and Jardel are the only absentees for Jorge Jesus in the run-up to proceedings in Greece on Thursday.

After deploying in an uncharacteristic back-three in the first-leg, Jesus could turn to this yet again in a bid to limit the chances Arsenal has the ability to create when they’re on song. However, reverting to a more familiar deployment in a bid to counter Arsenal’s away goal lead and proactively looking to have a real go in the second-leg could happen as well.


 

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Benfica

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Predicted Benfica line-up vs Arsenal

Arsenal vs Benfica betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

Arsenal vs Benfica betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

What time is kick off between Arsenal vs Benfica?
17:55, Thursday 25 February 2021
What is the prediction for Arsenal vs Benfica?
Arsenal 2-0 Benfica
What are the Arsenal vs Benfica betting odds?
Arsenal 3/4 Draw 3/1 Benfica 10/3