Second leg – Arsenal – Sporting Lisbon – Sporting Grill


Arsenal host Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium in the second leg of the 2022-23 UEFA Europa League Round of 16.

With a 2-2 draw after the first leg, Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon know a win will see each team through to the quarter-finals.

Team news

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Arsenal are injury-free following last weekend’s 3-0 Premier League win at Fulham, although Gabriel Jesus could be rested despite coming off the bench as the club make a comeback from a long-term knee injury.

Mohamed Elneny (knee) and Edi Nketia (ankle) remain out.

Sporting Lisbon will host midfielder Manuel Ugarte, who returns from suspension, in this second leg.

Sebastian Coates and Hidemasa Morita are both suspended, while Daniel Braganca (cruciate ligament) is out.

When is the start?

Arsenal host Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday 16 March, kick-off at 20:00 GMT, with the game broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK.

Stat Attack:

  • Arsenal are still unbeaten against Sporting Lisbon in all UEFA competitions (W2, D3).
  • Sporting Lisbon lost their only previous visit to the Emirates Stadium in October 2018 1-0 in this very same competition (L1).
  • Arsenal have kept four clean sheets in their last five matches against Sporting Lisbon.
  • Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are still unbeaten in this season’s (W3) Europa League home matches, scoring 5 goals.
  • Sporting have scored the first goal in each of their four away games in all UEFA competitions this season (W2, D1, L1).

Prediction

With their defensive positions dominated by a dominant win at Fulham, Arsenal will certainly go into this home match with a strong belief that they can reach the quarter-finals, especially if they are as clinical and controlled as they were at Craven Cottage.

While Sporting have enough quality to cause Arsenal some serious problems, helped by their strong European away form, an opener in each of their four away matches will make the first goal all the more important for both teams.

Although Arsenal are bringing Jesus back, I personally feel he would be better off coming on as an impact substitute as he will be crucial to their run, so it’s not worth rushing him into the starting line-up once he’s signed. Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli are in strong form up front.

Now, if those two can click like they have in recent games, then I want the Gunners to simply win this contest.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Sporting Lisbon

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