18/02/2021 Daily Predictions: UEFA Europa League – SL Benfica Vs. Arsenal

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SL Benfica Vs. Arsenal Match preview

SL Benfica and Arsenal will face each other in the Europa League last 32, first leg in Stadio Olimpico on Thursday evening.

The Eagles have not lost in the last four matches, prior to this clash they drew 1-1 away to Moreirense in Primeira Liga placing them 4th with 38 points after 19 matches. The Gunners are struggling with their form having registered three wins in their last eight matches. In the recent clash, the north London side managed to beat Leeds United 4-2 in Premier League after three winless runs.

Arsenal lost 1-0 away to Southampton in the FA Cup campaign in January with town goal from Gabriel shutting down the dream of progressing to the quarter finals.

Match Facts

  • SL Benfica have won three, drawn four times, and suffered two losses in the last nine matches in all competitions this season.
  • The Eagles have registered three clean sheets in their last nine matches in all competitions this season.
  • Arsenal has managed to keep five clean sheets in their last ten matches in all competitions this season.
  • The Gunners have registered five wins, drawn twice and while suffering three losses in their last ten matches in all competitions.
  • Mikel Arteta’s side have at least registered more than two goals in the five of their last ten matches in all competitions this season.
  • Jorge Jesus’ side have registered two home wins in the last four matches in all competitions this season.

SL Benfica Vs. Arsenal Match Head to Head

These two teams met twice in the year 2014 and 2017, Arsenal carrying the day in both encounters with a 5-1 and 5-2 respectively.

SL Benfica Team News

Jorge Jesus will have to select his squad without some players like Gilberto with muscle injury, Andre Almeida with cruciate ligament rupture and Jardel at the treatment table with thigh injury.

Arsenal Team News

Thomas Partey missed in action in their win against Leeds United and maybe out still against Benfica with a hamstring injury he picked in their 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.

Kieran Tierney was expected to feature against Leeds after missing in five matches in all competitions, he has not shown up and the boss Arteta has revealed he may not feature nursing calf injury.

SL Benfica Vs. Arsenal Match Prediction

Arsenal has struggled with their form; we expect them to work extra hard if they want to make a strong first leg.  The Eagles are doing great currently and may pull a surprise to the London side.

Our topbets pundit is predicting a win for the visitors and Betway is backing the results with 2.39 odds while 1XBet is giving 2.42 Odds.

Goals – Over 2.5

Both teams have been producing more than two goals occasionally, we expect over 2.5 markets as a take for our pundits.

Betway are backing the goals with 1.76 while 1XBet is placing odds at 1.83.

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