Arsenal will try to hold their Europa League hopes alive as they head to Slavia Prague this evening. There, they will play the second leg of Europa League quarter-final; so, here are some Slavia Prague vs Arsenal predictions.
In the first leg, after Nicolas Pepe’s late opener, the Gunners were minutes away from winning 1-0.
However, Tomas Holes dashed home at the death minute. His strike salvaged a 1-1 draw and moreover, a priceless away goal for Slavia.
Team news and probable lineups:
Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela has been suspended for racially abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara. He cannot play ten matches, be it a match of any UEFA competition.
In fact, the hosts have a lot of players who are one booking away from receiving a suspension. However, with the tie on the line, they will have no choice but to risk playing them.
In the first leg, goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar returned from injury in a timely manner. So, he may play as number 1 again in the second leg.
Meanwhile, midfielder Ibrahim Traore was fit enough to start from the bench.
Slavia Prague possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Kolar; Bah, Holes, Zima, Boril; Hromada, Provod, Stanciu; Dorley, Sima, Olayinka
Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have returned to full training. So, the two will be available today.
Moreover, Gabriel Martinelli has recovered from a weekend knock and will likely also play.
Also, Granit Xhaka will be hoping to return to central midfield tonight after he had to play left-back on Sunday. That was due to Kierney’s injury.
On the other hand, Mikel Arteta is unsure about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Martin Odegaard’s availability.
Arsenal possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Cedric; Xhaka, Partey; Pepe, Ceballos, Martinelli; Lacazette
Slavia Prague vs Arsenal Predictions:
- The hosts have also gone undefeated in their last five Europa League games, all against British clubs.
- In an ominous sign for Arsenal, they tied the first leg against both Leicester and Rangers before going on to take the second leg.
- With a late equalizer in London as well, Slavia Prague again tied (1-1) with Arsenal.
- Arsenal thus need either a 1-1 draw to force extra time or to become the first team to beat Slavia Prague at Sinobo Stadium.
- Only then will they advance to the last four. They need atleast a draw to keep their hopes of qualification for the Champions League next season alive.
- We believe Arsenal have what it takes to defeat Slavia on their home turf and progress to the semi-finals. But Arteta has a lot more injury issues than he would like.