Arsenal Under new boss Unai Emery have become quite the team to be feared in England, and Europe possibly. Their possession-based attacking style is slowly gathering a lot of their lost followers, and count them as contenders for the Premier League title, or at the least for the final showdown.
Sporting CP is currently in the third place in the Primeira Liga. They have suffered just a solitary loss in the Europa League and that was against this same team, Arsenal, the only change being the venue of the match, at Sporting’ home. From their three matches so far, Sporting has secured three points, with two wins and a loss. Sporting has scored four goals in total while conceding two.
Arsenal has absolutely set the Europa League on fire with three wins out of three matches. Arsenal has scored the most number of goals in Group E, eight, double than that of the next best. They have conceded just two goals in the process.
Arsenal comes into this game after a high-profile Premier League fixture against another title contender, Liverpool. The game ended in a draw, but the viewers went home with the biggest smiles on their faces. Liverpool was hoping for a victory considering that they were leading till the 82nd minute, with a scoreline of 0-1. But Alexander Lacazette had other plans.
Sporting will be pretty pleased with themselves after scripting a comeback victory against Santa Clara on the road. After trailing by a goal, Sporting scored two second-half goals to register a victory.
Head to head
The hosts had won the only head-to-head match so far, with a 0-1 scoreline, in this year’s Europa League.
Arsenal is on a 14-match unbeaten streak, with 12 of them wins.
Sporting has lost four of their last nine matches.
Arsenal is currently on an eight-match unbeaten streak at home and has lost just one of their last 20 home matches.
Sporting has been winless in more than 50% of their last 15 matches on the road.