The leader in Group E of Europa League Arsenal welcomes Sporting CP at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night. For the Gunners this is a great chance to qualify for the elimination phase of the competition. Let’s take a look at this clash in London in our betting tips
. Last season Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League, which is why they are participating in the Europa League for a second consecutive year. Last season the English team was eliminated from the competition by the future winner Atletico Madrid, so now they will try to do better. They have a manager who has won the Europa League in three consecutive years, so surely Unai Emery is a man who knows how to win this tournament. The Arsenal fans are hungry for an European trophy, so we think that the Londoners will pay a big attention to Europa League. So far Arsenal are perfect in the competition, winning all of its three matches against Sporting, Vorskla and Qarabag. In these three matches Arsenal scored 8 goals and conceded just 2. They are the obvious leader in the group and a number one favourite for the first place in it. Sporting on the other hand are second in the group with 6 points – 3 less than Arsenal. The Portuguese club started its participation in the group phase with two consecutive wins, but in the previous round Sporting suffered a 0-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Estadio Jose Alvalade. The only goal in the game was scored by Danny Welbeck just 13 minutes before the end. In this way Arsenal made a huge step towards the first place in the group. If they win again on Thursday night at the Emirates, they will finish as leaders in this group. For Arsenal this a transitional season. The legendary Arsene Wenger left the managerial position after more than 20 years with the club. The board chose Unai Emery to replace him. Last season Emery won the Ligue 1 with PSG, but he was sacked because of his failure to win the Champions League. Emery started pretty hard his career in Arsenal, suffering two consecutive losses in the first two matches in the Premier League. But after this the Gunners managed to stabilize their performance, recording 10 consecutive wins in all competitions. This is an obvious proof that Emery is doing a pretty good job at the club right now. For a first time since a few years, the fans are now dreaming of something more and remarkable this season. For the last time Arsenal won a trophy in Europe in 1994, when the club won the Cup Winners’ Cup. Since then Arsenal played finals in the Champions League and the UEFA Cup, but they lost them. It’s understandable why the fans want so much to see their club wins another European trophy – it just doesn’t happen very often. In the Premier League Arsenal are currently 5th in the standings with 23 points and a record of 7 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats. In their last two games the team made two draws – against Crystal Palace and Liverpool. In our betting tips
we can say that the Gunners are starting to build something good. It was a tough fixture against Liverpool during the weekend. James Milner gave Liverpool advantage soon after the halftime break, but Alexandre Lacazette equalized for Arsenal. In this way Arsenal remains unbeaten in the Premier League in 9 consecutive games. It looks like Unai Emery finally started to make the right touches. This is exactly what the fans wanted to see – a team which rarely loses. Sporting on the other hand are currently third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga with 19 points won. The Lions from Lisboa are currently trailing on just 2 points behind the leader Porto. Sporting have a record of 6 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats since the beginning of the season. Since their surprising loss against Portimonense, Sporting enjoyed two consecutive wins against Boavista and Santa Clara. The veteran Luis Nani is the leading goalscorer for Sporting in the Primeira Liga with 5 goals scored so far. Meanwhile the Dutch striker Bas Dost have scored 3 goals since the start of the season. Meanwhile we can say that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s leading goalscorer with 7 goals scored so far. Alexandre Lacazette have added 5 goals in the Premier League. We shall expect an exciting game between Arsenal and Sporting at the Emirates. These two teams usually play offensive and attractive football, which is a guarantee that the fans won’t see two sides who just want to defend. Two weeks ago in Lisboa just one goal was scored in the game, but now we are expecting to see more at the Emirates. Arsenal are the favourites here. The Gunners are the best team in this group and so far they proved it, winning all of their matches until today. We shall say that Arsenal are not just favourites for the first place in this group, but also among the big favourites for winning the trophy. Meanwhile, most probably Sporting are going to finish second in this group and still qualify for the next phase of the competition. The Portuguese team is also motivated to reach the final stages of the Europa League. Even if they lose at the Emirates, they will have solid chances to progress. These are our betting tips
for the Europa League clash between Arsenal and Sporting CP at the Emirates Stadium in London. This game could be the key for Arsenal for winning this group, so maybe Unai Emery will pick his best team for the game. But it won’t be surprising if the Spanish manager makes some rotations as well. He has a good bench, so it won’t be a problem for him to give a rest to some of his key players. The fight in the Premier League is pretty tough, so managers must be aware how to rotate their squads.