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Sporting v Arsenal Prediction (UEFA Champions League) – Sporting Lisbon take on Arsenal in the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League. These two sides last met in this competition’s group stage in 2018, with the Gunners avoiding defeat against the Leões on both occasions (W1 D1). How will things turn out this time around? Have a look and read on for our winning tips below.
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Sporting v Arsenal Prediction – Head to Head
Sporting and Arsenal have met four times in Europe, with the Gunners having the edge by two wins. The London-based side has also never conceded a goal to their Lisbonian opponents, while scoring four against them in all contests. Let’s look at their most recent meetings.
Sporting v Arsenal Prediction – Previous Meetings
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UEFA Europa League
Sporting v Arsenal Prediction – Form (All Competitions)
Sporting have remained undefeated across all contests, picking up a draw before starting a four-game winning streak. Arsenal too have won in as much contests following a loss. Let’s take a closer look at each side.
Sporting v Arsenal Prediction – Preview
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Sporting Lisbon secured their slot in the UEL round of 16 by seeing off Danish side Midtjylland 5-1 on aggregate in the play-off draw. In the 1st leg in Lisbon, Sebastian Coates scored in stoppage time to cancel out Emam Ashour’s 77th minute goal, 1-1. Then in Herning, Coates again opened the scoring, with Pedro Gonçalves netting a brace in the second half, and Stefan Gartenmann deflecting into his own net for a huge 0-4 away victory. The Ruben Amorim-led side would then go on to win two consecutive matches in the Primeira Liga, beating Estoril Praia (2-0) and Portimonense (1-0) in that order. As the Leoes take on the current leaders in the English Premier League, could they score a shock victory at home?
Sporting have advanced from each of the previous 6 ties against English opposition in the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup/Europa League. All 6 came from different teams.
Marcus Edwards, Paulinho and Arthur al netted against Tottenham in the UCL earlier this season. If any of them score against the Gunners, they will be just the 2nd player to score against both Arsenal and Spurs in a European campaign, after Youssef El Arabi for Olumpiakos in 2019/20 (not counting qualifying rounds).
Arsenal finished the group stage of the UEL on top of Group A, earning them automatic qualification to the Round of 16. On the final day of competition in November 2022, they narrowly edged out FC Zurich 1-0. Kieran Tierney’s 17th minute volley was enough to secure the win for the Gunners. The Mikel Arteta-led side still lord it over the English top-flight, their latest conquest being Bournemouth 3-2. After falling behind by two goals in the first 60 minutes, Thomas Partey and Ben White equalised within the next minutes, while Reiss Nelson secured all three points 7 minutes into stoppage time. Can they assert themselves once more agains the Leoes this week?
Arsenal are undefeated in 6 past meetings with Portuguese teams in the UEL (W3 D3), including taking out Benfica in the 2020/21 knockout stages (4-3 on aggregate in last 32).
The Gunners have had a clean sheet in 4 of their last 5 matches in the UEL, but each of the last 5 goals they conceded in the competition were in away matches.
Sporting – Bans, Injuries, Suspensions
Arsenal – Bans, Injuries, Suspensions
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Sporting v Arsenal Prediction – Final Thoughts
With both sides fresh off impressive streaks in all competitions, expect this to be a tight first leg. Sporting will enjoy the support of the crowd, and their almost fully-healthy lineup ensures them of a goal. However, Arsenal have been dominant in the most competitive league, and they should see off the Leoes in Lisbon in the narrowest of victories. Let’s take a look at our prediction.
Sporting v Arsenal Prediction
We will be betting on the Asian Handicap and Over/Under in Euro football odds for this match:
Under: 2.75 Goals
Disclaimer: The odds change from time to time without prior notice and is only available at the time of writing
For this UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg Sporting v Arsenal Prediction to win, Arsenal needs to win the match with a single goal lead. If they draw the match, the bettor would lose all of the stakes. For the Over/Under bet to win, the total goal count should be below 2 goals.
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