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Sporting vs Arsenal betting tips: Europa League match preview & predictions

Sporting vs Arsenal prediction: Sporting 1-1 Arsenal

Confidence in the Arsenal camp is sky-high at the moment, but a number of key absentees on Thursday night could see their incredible winning streak come to an end.

Sporting have won nine and lost nine of their 21 UEFA fixtures against English opposition.

Arsenal have never won in five UEFA visits to Portugal.

Sporting vs Arsenal: Who will win?

Sporting are 3/1 to win on Thursday night while Arsenal can be backed at 1/1. The draw is 13/5, which is fairly well priced considering the changes Arsenal are expected to make,

As brilliant as Arsenal have been going forward, the Gunners still remain far from convincing at the back. Both teams to score is 4/5.

Back-to-back braces off the substitutes bench will surely see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang start from the off. The Gabon striker is 15/4 to score the opening goal of the game and 6/5 to net anytime.

Sporting vs Arsenal Europa League match preview

Arsenal travel to Lisbon for their Europa League clash against Sporting on Thursday night.

Both sides will be looking to take control of Group E as they head into the game on maximum points.

Arsenal were 3-0 winners in against Qarabag at the start of the month. Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Emile Smith Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi all scored their first Arsenal goals on a comfortable night in Azerbaijan.

Jose Peseiro’s Sporting side claimed a dramatic 2-1 win at Vorskla on the previous matchday. Sporting were 1-0 down in second-half stoppage time before late goals from Fredy Montero and Jovane Cabral earned the Lions all three points.

Sporting are currently fifth in the Primeira Liga table, although that is largely down to their poor away form. Sporting’s home form makes for much better reading, with five straight wins at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Sporting beat Loures 2-1 away on Saturday to progress to the next round of the Portuguese Cup.

10 out of 10

Arsenal made it 10 wins in a row on Monday night, thanks to a second-half blitzing of Leicester City at the Emirates.

A Hector Bellerin own goal gave the Foxes the lead before Mesut Ozil and substitute Aubameyang inspired the Gunners’ comeback.

There were also standout performances from Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin, among others.

While much of Arsenal’s defence frailties remain, it’s evident that Unai Emery has instilled belief and drive within the squad.

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 07: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal celebrates after his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Arsenal FC at Craven Cottage on October 7, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Sporting team news vs Arsenal

Sporting have a number of fitness concerns ahead of Thursday’s clash.

Bas Dost and Raphinha are major doubts, suggesting Montero will start up top.

Jeremy Mathieu comes back into contention after returning to full training.

Romain Salin and Bruno Cesar also come back into contention after being in the matchday squad on Saturday.

Former Manchester United winger Nani is Sporting’s leading league goalscorer this season with three goals.

Arsenal team news vs Sporting

Aubameyang is likely to lead the line for the Gunners, with Danny Welbeck and Eddie Nketiah alternate striking options for Emery.

Stephen Lichtsteiner is set to start at left-back once again, with Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac both out injured.

Mohamed Elneny, who didn’t even make the squad on Monday night, should to start in midfield alongside Matteo Guendouzi, while Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey should start as well.

Teenager Emile Smith Rowe provides competition for Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a starting berth out wide.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Laurent Koscielny have both returned to full training, although neither are expected to be involved.

Petr Cech could return from injury, while third-choice goalkeeper Emi Martinez also comes into contention.

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Predicted Sporting XI vs Arsenal

Arsenal predicted line-up vs Sporting

Predicted Arsenal XI vs Sporting

Predicted Arsenal XI vs Sporting

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

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