Arsenal Vs. Slavia Praha match preview
Arsenal prepare to host Slavia Praha in the first-leg of the Quarter-finals in the Europa League at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.
The Gunners are heading into this clash with three winless runs in a row, the latest being the 3-0 loss against Liverpool in Premier League.
Mikel Arteta’s side, have been struggling in the domestic league trailing in 10th place with 42 points gathered in 30 games.
Arsenal cruised through to the quarter-finals after they played superbly in the first leg away to Olympiacos, the match that ended 3-1. This earned them a place to this stage despite them losing in the return-leg 1-0.
The Stitched, on the other hand, managed to record a barren draw with Brno in 1. Liga. Praha were forced to play ten-man after Matyas Vagner was shown a red card in the 18th minute.
Slavia Praha are the leaders of 1. Liga with 65 points after 25 matches. The Stitched drew 1-1 with Rangers in the first-leg and the return-leg of 2-0 earned them a spot to this quarter-finals.
- Arsenal have won four times, drawn twice, and suffered three losses in the last nine matches in all competitions this season
- The Gunners have failed to register a single clean sheet in their last nine matches in all competitions this season.
- Slavia Praha has registered four clean sheets in their last eight matches in all competitions this season.
- The Stitched have won six and drawn twice in the last eight matches in all competitions this season.
- Mikel Arteta’s men have at least registered more than two goals, six times in the last ten matches in all competitions.
- Jindrich Trpisovsky’s side have registered four away wins in the last six matches in all competitions this season.
Arsenal Vs. Slavia Praha Head to Head
These teams have met twice back in 2007 whereby the host thrashed the visitors in the first-leg 7-0 and registered a barren draw in the return leg.
Arsenal Team News
David Luiz is sidelined with a knee injury and Kieran Tierney is a doubt with the same problem after he pulled off against Liverpool.
Bukayo Saka may be involved after being reported back to full training before the encounter with Liverpool though he didn’t feature for his side.
Mikel Arteta may consider involving Emile Smith Rowe in this clash. Pablo Mari may deputize Gabriel after performing below expectations.
Slavia Praha Team News
Ondrej Kolar and David Hovorka are still sidelined with injuries, termed as long absenteeism for the Slavia side.
Ibrahim Traore and Ondrej Kudela are campaigning for their return on Thursday. Jindrich Trpisovsky will choose between Jakub Hromada and Tomas Holes who will play alongside Lukas Provod in the mid-field.
Arsenal Vs. Slavia Praha Prediction
Slavia Praha are doing great both in the domestic league and Europa League and will be aiming to continue earning its fans will celebrate in every encounter in the fixture. Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s men will be looking at redeeming themselves after three runs of poor performance.
Goals – Over 2.5
Both teams have been producing more than two goals occasionally and we expect Over 2.5 Markets as predicted by our pundits.
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