Arsenal vs Benfica
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021
Kick-Off at 17.55 UK
Venue: Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki, Piraeus.
Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki, home of Greek heavyweights Olympiacos, will play host to the reverse fixture of the Europa League last 32 round tie between Arsenal and Benfica. The Gunners were the better side in the first leg played seven days ago in Rome, but they failed to fully capitalize, settling only for a 1-1 draw on the occasion.
Mikel Arteta has big ambitions in the continental competition knowing that it is impossible for Arsenal to get involved in the battle for the top-four finish in English Premier League.
The Gunners hold the 10th position and are eleven points behind the fourth-placed West Ham United with 13 games left to play. The good news for the Spanish manager is that his team showed signs of improvements in the last several weeks (compared to the awful beginning to the season at least). The nominal “hosts” will certainly enter the second leg as favourites to advance.
Arsenal vs Benfica Head-to-head
- The two teams continued the “Both Teams To Score” tradition in their meetings last weekend when they played a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
- Each of four H2H games between these two sides has seen goals scored at both ends.
- Arsenal won two, drew one, and lost one of four clashes in the process.
Arsenal vs Benfica Prediction
Benfica have been struggling badly to find the right rhythm ever since the start of the season. They are having one of the worst domestic league campaigns in the decade. Jorge Jesus’ troops are fourth in the Primeira Liga standings and have a 15-point deficit to the leaders Sporting Lisbon after 20 rounds. Aguias will have to dig deep to secure the Champions League qualification for the next season as they are five points shy of the second-placed Porto at the moment.
Benfica scored just one goal in the last two Primeira Liga outings, although they have played the likes of Moreirense and Farense along the way. Arsenal have recently put four past Leeds United (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang notched a hat-trick) and they only narrowly lost 0-1 at home to red-hot Manchester City on Sunday.
We’ll go with the home win as the main pick at the 1.80 odds, while also backing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime at the 1.90 odds.