Viking vs Arsenal:
MLS Regular Season
Date: Friday, 5 August 2016,
Kick-off: 19:30 UK Time
Venue: Viking Stadion (Stavanger).
Arsenal continue their pre-season preparations with a game against Viking FC of Norway on Friday, as the two sides are willing to put their team to test in their upcoming games.
Viking FC who are seventh in the Norwegian Eliteserien and the test against a strong English side like Arsenal could help them strengthen their fold for the domestic game. The Gunners will wrap up their pre-season with a trip to Sweden on Sunday to face Manchester City before Premier league opener against Liverpool on 13th August.
Arsenal have not tasted defeat in this summer in all five games they played so far. They won three and drew two, netting 12 and concede just five goals in last five matches in all competitions.
While Viking FC have allowed more goals into their net than scored in last five games which yielded two wins, two lost and just a draw along with six scored goals and seven conceded.
Viking vs Arsenal: Head-to-Head
The Norwegian club are notably known for European successes which include knocking English side Chelsea out of the UEFA Cup during the 2002–03 season. They had also knocked out Sporting CP in the same tournament in 1999–00 and qualified for the group stages of the 2005–06 UEFA Cup.
Arsenal’s camp brims with young players who have been impressive as that has been Arsene Wenger’s system. The likes of Chambers, Akpom, Iwobi and new signings Xhaka Granit and Rob Holding had impressed so far.
Viking can boast of some talented players like Haukas, Ibrahim, Mets and Kronberg, despite a busy schedule in their domestic league.
Viking vs Arsenal: Prediction
Viking FC performance has dropped drastically in recent years. The last time they won the Norway league is in 2007. These days they often fall below the top four clubs after every season.
Arsenal’s preseason games looks to go in their favor, thanks to their unbeaten preseason record this term. And coming up against a side like Viking is expected to be an easy game.
Viking have a crucial league game at hand on Sunday after the Friday game against Arsenal so the likeliness of them not setting up their best squad and performance would be there.
Full Time Prediction: Viking 1-3 Arsenal.
- Arsenal Over 1.5 goals.
- HT/FT – Arsenal/Arsenal.