Standard Liège vs Arsenal betting tips: UEFA Europa League match preview and predictions

Standard Liège vs Arsenal prediction: Standard Liège 2-2 Arsenal

Arsenal’s work in the UEFA Europa League group stages is not quite done yet.

Two disappointing results in their last two European matches means this is not a dead rubber.

Will they get the required result in Belgium?

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Standard Liège vs Arsenal: Who will win?

Standard Liège must win this one to have any chance of progressing and are 23/10 to do that.

Arsenal meanwhile are evens to leave Belgium with a win.

A draw is 11/4.

Both teams to score is 4/9.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/7.

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is 4/5.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Nicolas Pépé of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Renaud Emond is the home side’s top scorer this season. He is 11/2 to open the scoring and 15/8 to add to his tally.

Denis Drăguș could also be a threat. The Romanian international is 8/1 to score first and 13/5 to score anytime.

Alexandre Lacazette could start for Arsenal. He is 10/3 to score first and 21/20 to score anytime.

Bukayo Saka is also a contender to be in the XI. He is 9/1 to break the deadlock and 3/1 to score in 90 minutes.

Both Paul-Jose M’Poku and Emond to score is 12/1.

Both Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez and Maxime Lestienne to score is 18/1.

Both Gabriel Martinelli and Lacazette to score is 4/1.

Both Saka and Lacazette to score is 8/1.

Standard Liège vs Arsenal: Match preview

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SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – MARCH 15: The logo of the UEFA Europa League is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund at the Red Bull Arena on March 15, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

Standard Liège’s European hopes are hanging by a thread.

Michel Preud’homme’s side have won both of their home matches in this group so far.

On matchday one, Paul-José M’Poku’s goal helped them beat Vitória de Guimarães 2-0.

Then, on matchday four, Maxime Lestienne netted a stoppage time winner as they downed Eintracht Frankfurt. 2-1

However, it is their away form which could see them exit the competition at this stage.

In their first two away trips, they were hammered in London and edged out in Germany.

However, it is their most recent of performances on the road that will be the most costly.

Last time out, despite taking the lead through a Lestienne penalty at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, they could only draw with winless Vitória.

So Group F looks like this:

Arsenal have ten points, Frankfurt are on nine, Standard Liège are on seven and Vitória are out with two.

Given that Frankfurt are likely to win the other game at Commerzbank-Arena, that leaves one spot for these two.

However, because Arsenal won the reverse fixture 4-0, Standard Liège must win by five clear goals to overtake the Gunners on head to head.

It is a big ask but they have not given up hope just yet.

Will it be a famous night at Stade Maurice Dufrasne?

Domestically, they come into this crunch match not in great form.

On Saturday, the Reds were held to a 2-2 draw by Royal Excel Mouscron.

That means they have won just three of their last seven league games, leaving them third in the Jupiler Pro League, eight points behind leaders Club Brugge.

Can they qualify for the knockout stages of a European competition for the first time since 2012?

Arsenal to avoid a slip-up?

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Nicolas Pépé of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Vitória de Guimarães at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Arsenal meanwhile actually won a football match!

The Gunners travelled to West Ham on Monday night looking for their first league win since 6 October and first of any kind since 24 October.

However, the Hammers took the lead with a scruffy goal just before half time.

At that point an Arsenal comeback looked unlikely.

However, on the hour mark, Sead Kolašinac marauded down the left, picked out Gabriel Martinelli who cooly slotted home his first ever Premier League goal.

Arsenal on terms but that was not the case for long.

Just six minutes in fact.

Mesut Özil fed Nicolas Pépé who cut in side and fired into the top corner a magnificent strike.

Cue scenes in the away end and, somewhat ironic, cries of “we are staying up”.

Moments later, Pépé turned provider, chipping the ball through to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the Gabonese did the rest, smashing home his 13th of the season.

3-1 it finished at the London Stadium.

That was the first time Arsenal have come from a half time losing position to win a Premier League away game since October 2011 at Stamford Bridge.

In the table, that victory lifts the Gunners up to ninth, seven points below fourth and seven points above the relegation zone.

Given that it is going to be very tough for them to reach the top four, this competition has to take priority.

Thus, as unlikely as elimination is, Freddie Ljungberg’s must finish the job here.

Only a win would guarantee top spot and seeding in Monday’s round of 32 draw.

Standard Liège team news vs Arsenal

TUBIZE, BELGIUM – DECEMBER 05: A general view of the Belgian Football Centre during the U15 Girl’s international friendly match between Belgium and Germany at the National Football Centre on December 5, 2018 in Tubize, Belgium. (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)

As they can still qualify, Michel Preud’homme will name his strongest available XI for this match.

As always, Arnaud Bodart will be in goal, chosen ahead of Vanja Milinković-Savić and veteran Jean-François Gillet

In defence, Noë Dussenne is injured.

So, Zinho Vanheusden will continue to partner Konstantinos Laifis at centre-back.

Likewise, Nicolas Gavory and Mërgim Vojvoda will continue at full-back.

In midfield, amazingly, Mehdi Carcela and Paul-José M’Poku were both sent off at the weekend.

However, both are eligible to play in this game.

So they, Samuel Bastien, Aleksandar Boljević and Selim Amallah will make up the midfield.

Up front, top-scorer Renaud Emond will be looking to add to his seven goals this season.

Denis Drăguș will be an option off the bench if they are chasing goals.

Will this side pull of a seemingly impossible result?

Arsenal team news vs Standard Liège

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 30, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

As for Arsenal, in an ideal world this would be a dead rubber and Freddie Ljungberg could pick the kids.

However, he will have to name a fairly senior side despite the fact they host Manchester City on Sunday.

Emi Martínez will continue in goal in this competition, giving Arsenal’s player of the season so far Bernd Leno a well earned rest.

In defence, they have somewhat of a crisis coming into this match.

Héctor Bellerín and Kieran Tierney both got injured at West Ham.

So, they and Rob Holding will not play due to fitness and Shkodran Mustafi is suspended.

David Luiz was an unused substitute on Monday so will surely play.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos will start alongside him with Calum Chambers rested.

But, with limited full-back options, it’ll be Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolašinac even though they’re both expected to start at the weekend too.

In midfield, Lucas Torriera and Granit Xhaka (due to concussion, the Swiss midfielder has been ruled out) who started at West Ham will drop out for Joe Willock and Mattéo Guendouzi.

Further forward, Mesut Özil and and Nicolas Pépé are unlikely to start. Indeed, Arsenal have ruled out Pepe from playing due to knee bruising.

Gabriel Martinelli was the other starter at the London Stadium.

At 18 years 174 days old, the Brazilian became the youngest player to score for Arsenal on their first Premier League start.

That though was his eighth goals of the season already including a brace in the reverse fixture.

However, he’s likely to be saved for Sunday.

So, Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka are likely to make up the attacking midfield trio.

There will be more experience up front though.

Alexandre Lacazette’s poor recent form meant he was an unused substitute at West Ham so will start here seeking confidence.

Will Arsenal do the necessary job in Liège?

Predicted Standard Liège line-up vs Arsenal

Predicted Standard Liège line-up vs Arsenal

Predicted Standard Liège line-up vs Arsenal.

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Standard Liège

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Standard Liège

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Standard Liège.

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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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