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Slavia Prague vs Arsenal Predictions

Slavia Prague vs Arsenal Predictions

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:

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

Arsenal:

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.

Our Prediction: Slavia Prague 1-2 Arsenal

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