Arsenal vs Sporting CP
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 8th November 2018
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.
Arsenal, the old bosses are back in town, and good Lord, they have arrived in style. Under new boss Unai Emery, they have become quite the team to be feared in England, and Europe possibly. Their possession-based attacking style is slowly gathering a lot of their lost followers, and count them as contenders for the Premier League title, or at the least for the final showdown.
Sporting CP is currently in the third place in the Primeira Liga. They have suffered just a solitary loss in the Europa League and that was against this same team, Arsenal, the only change being the venue of the match, at Sporting’ home. From their three matches so far, Sporting has secured three points, with two wins and a loss. Sporting has scored four goals in total while conceding two.
Arsenal has absolutely set the Europa League on fire with three wins out of three matches. Arsenal has scored the most number of goals in Group E, eight, double than that of the next best. They have conceded just two goals in the process.
Arsenal comes into this game after a high-profile Premier League fixture against another title contender, Liverpool. The game ended in a draw, but the viewers went home with the biggest smiles on their faces. Liverpool was hoping for a victory considering that they were leading till the 82nd minute, with a scoreline of 0-1. But Alexander Lacazette had other plans.
Sporting will be pretty pleased with themselves after scripting a comeback victory against Santa Clara on the road. After trailing by a goal, Sporting scored two second-half goals to register a victory.
Arsenal vs Sporting CP Head-to-head (h2h)
- The hosts had won the only head-to-head match so far, with a 0-1 scoreline, in this year’s Europa League.
- Arsenal is on a 14-match unbeaten streak, with 12 of them wins.
- Sporting has lost four of their last nine matches.
- Arsenal is currently on an eight-match unbeaten streak at home and has lost just one of their last 20 home matches.
- Sporting has been winless in more than 50% of their last 15 matches on the road.
Arsenal vs Sporting CP Prediction
Arsenal has been an entirely different animal under Unai Emery, especially at home. It would be near impossible for Sporting to raise a worthy enough challenge to dethrone Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Moreover, the reverse fixture belonged to Ozil and co, despite being on the road.
Arsenal has brought their old beautiful passing and waves after waves of attacking style to their game. It would be tough for the visitors to hold their fort for ninety minutes. Expect Arsenal to win this match with at least a two-goal margin.
Sporting was unable to score a goal against Arsenal in their head-to-head match, even though the former team had the backing of the home crowd. Expect Arsenal to absolutely keep a clean sheet at home.
Arsenal vs Sporting CP Betting Tips
Arsenal :- EH (-1) – to win @ 1.91 (10/11)
Both Teams to Score: NO @ 1.93 (10/11).