Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes betting tips: Europa League match preview & predictions

Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Vitoria

In contrast to their league form, Arsenal have been superb in cup competitions this season.

Vitoria’s injury-ravaged side is likely to struggle against Arsenal’s youngsters.

A win for the home side would all but confirm their qualification into the knockout phase of the competition.

Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes: Who will win?

Arsenal have won 7 of their last 8 matches in the competition. The Gunners are massive 2/9 favourites to win on Thursday while Vitoria Guimaraes are 10/1 to win. The draw can be backed at 11/2.

Unai Emery’s side have kept a clean sheet in each of their three cup matches this season. Back Arsenal to keep a clean sheet at 5/6.

Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli has scored four goals in two cup appearances this season, netting a brace against Nottingham Forest and another against Standard Liege. Martinelli is 4/1 to open the scoring and 1/1 to score anytime in the game.

Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes Europa League match preview

Matchday 3 of the Europa League group stage sees Arsenal host Vitoria Guimaraes at the Emirates on Thursday night.

Arsenal sit top of Group F with two wins in two. Vitoria are yet to pick up a single point after losing both of their opening two matches. Eintracht Frankfurt host Standard Liege in Group F’s other match, kicking off at the same time.

The Gunners’ eight-match winning streak came to an end on Monday night. Arsenal suffered their second defeat of the season in a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United. The defeat sees Arsenal slip outside the top four, although they still maintain a two-point lead over Tottenham and a five-point lead over Manchester United.

Arsenal have not put a foot wrong in the cups this season, despite generally fielding a “second” team. Unai Emery’s side enjoyed a 3-0 win at Frankfurt and a 4-0 win over Standard Liege, either side of their 5-0 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest.

Vitoria, who are yet to score a goal in the Europa League group stage, are fourth in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

Vitoria were eliminated from the Portuguese Cup in a penalty shootout on Saturday and will be aiming to avoid a third consecutive defeat in all competitions on Thursday. Vitoria’s Europa League qualifying campaign began back in July

Thursday’s clash will be the first meeting between these two sides. Vitoria have only won one of their five previous matches against English sides. Their most recent visit to England ended in a 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth at Fratton Park

Arsenal’s record against Portuguese opposition reads five wins, three draws and four defeats.

Arsenal team news vs Vitoria Guimaraes

Alexandre Lacazette came on as a substitute on Monday night. Having only just returned from an ankle injury, it may be too soon for the Frenchman to start on Thursday, in which case Gabriel Martinelli may lead the line.

Cup goalkeeper Emi Martinez will get another run out. Martinez is yet to concede a goal in three appearances this season.

Likewise, Shkodran Mustafi has been limited to cup football this season but has impressed in his three appearances. Mustafi is set to line up with fit-again trio Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin in defence.

Mesut Ozil’s inexplicable absence from the Arsenal set-up this season continued on Monday night and it’s anyone’s guess whether the German will be involved on Thursday. Dani Ceballos, Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe are alternate options in the advanced midfield position.

Lucas Torreira was an unused substitute on Monday night and should come into the starting eleven. Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be handed another opportunity in his preferred midfield role.

Having played 90 minutes on Monday, 18-year-old Bukayo Saka may be rested.

Reiss Nelson would have been earmarked for this fixture but the young winger is sidelined through injury.

Tolaji Bola, Folarin Balogun, Matt Macey and Robbie Burton will be among Arsenal’s academy players pushing for a spot on the bench.

Vitoria Guimaraes team news vs Arsenal

Ivo Vieira’s squad has been decimated by injuries, which makes their starting eleven pretty predictable. Among the injured are Andre Andre and João Teixeira.

Vitoria will be missing at least nine first-team players, including both of their right-backs.

Marcus Edwards, regarded by many as one of the biggest talents to come out of Tottenham Hotspur’s academy, should start on Thursday.

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