Arsenal and Sporting CP face off on Thursday in leg two of their Round of 16 Europa League matchup at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal vs Sporting CP Odds
Arsenal comes into this game sitting as the favorite at -270 while Sporting CP is the underdog sitting at +750. The total in this game sits at 2.5 goals, with the over paying out at -140.
Arsenal vs Sporting CP Previous Matchup
When these two teams faced off on Thursday, March 9th the two teams played to a 2-2 draw. Even though the game ended in a draw, Sporting CP really felt like they should have secured the victory. In the 56th minute, Sporting CP, was up 2-1, and the last goal for Arsenal was actually an own goal. Sporting CP had 32 percent of the possession and six shots on target, while Arsenal had 68 percent of the possession and seven shots on target.
Arsenal Betting Preview
Arsenal are trying to balance finding success in the Europa League, but also holding onto first place in the Premier League. On Sunday, Arsenal faced off against Fulham, and they were able to secure the 3-0 victory. Arsenal had 56 percent of the possession and seven shots on target. Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Jesus both could be used in this game, but they also could rest them for the weekend. Eddie Nketiah is dealing with an ankle injury, and it’s unclear if he’s going to be able to go in this game. Arsenal is in a good spot to advance, but they can’t just go in a defensive shape here. They need to continue to attack and put the pressure on the Sporting defense.
Sporting CP Betting Preview
On the other side of this matchup is Sporting CP, and they were able to secure a 3-0 victory against Boavista. Sporting opened up the scoring in the 17th minute, and they never looked back as they cruised to the victory. They had 61 percent of the possession and five shots on target. Morita and Sebastian Coates are both suspended for this game because of yellow cards accumulated. Manuel Ugarte was suspended for the last game, but he will be able to get the start in this game.
Shane’s Free Pick
There were four goals in the first game between these two sides, and there will be at least that many scored here. Sporting CP needs to push numbers forward, but that is going to allow Arsenal to get some scoring chances in this game. Arsenal’s defense hasn’t been good enough, and they are going to allow a couple of goals here. This game is going to be higher scoring and the over is going to cash.