Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Sporting CP

Arsenal has a 100 per cent record in Group E after three matches and have already won their hardest fixture on paper: away to Sporting. The Gunners will guarantee a place in the next round with a win, while a draw would be enough if Vorskla loses at home to Qarabag.

Sporting are still in a good position in the group despite losing at home to Arsenal. They are three points clear of Vorskla in second and are expected to progress even if they lose on Thursday.

Sporting has won just two of 11 matches in England (D2, L7) and are winless in their last six matches there (D1, L5). Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 14 competitive matches (W12, D2) and should maintain that run on Thursday.

Team News

Arsenal- Matteo Guendouzi missed Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday through suspension and will start Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Sporting.

Sead Kolasinac returned from injury against Liverpool to make his first appearance in nearly a month. He could continue at left-back here, unless Granit Xhaka is asked to play there again.

Sokratis will start at centre-back if he recovers from injury in time, partnering up with Rob Holding. Petr Cech will hope to start in goal after missing the reverse fixture despite being fit. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Sporting CP”

Europa League Match Preview: BATE Borisov vs Chelsea

Chelsea has won their first three Europa League group stage matches and are the runaway leaders in Group L, six points clear of the chasing pack. A win on Thursday will secure a place in the next round.

BATE Borisov are bottom of the group but level on points with the other two teams. They are only bottom due to an inferior goal difference.

BATE Borisov still have a good chance of making the knockout stage of the competition and their objective should be to keep this a low-scoring match.

Team News

BATE Borisov- Vladislav Malkevich and Vladislav Mukhamedov remain sidelined for BATE Borisov ahead of Thursday’s welcome of Chelsea. Place bet on Live Events 24/7

Chelsea- Olivier Giroud missed Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace but Maurizio Sarri expects the Frenchman to return against BATE Borisov. Ethan Ampadu is the only other injury concern for Chelsea. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: BATE Borisov vs Chelsea”

Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs BATE Borisov

Chelsea are unbeaten in all competitions this season but required a stoppage-time equaliser at home to Manchester United on Saturday to preserve that run.

Maurizio Sarri’s side has won their first two Europa League games, albeit both by 1-0 scorelines.

BATE Borisov followed up their 2-0 win over Vidi FC with a 4-1 defeat against PAOK.

Chelsea has not lost a European group game at Stamford Bridge since September 2013, unbeaten in 12 matches since then. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

Team News

Chelsea- Eden Hazard had a back injury against Manchester United on Saturday and is ruled out on Thursday. Youngsters Ethan Ampadu, Isaiah Brown and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also sidelined. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs BATE Borisov”

Europa League Match Preview: Sporting CP vs Arsenal

Sporting has only failed to win three of their first 11 matches in all competitions this season but two of those have fallen in their last five.

The Portuguese giants have a 100 per cent win record at home this season (5/5) and have only conceded two goals.

Arsenal has won 10 matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since 2007.

Unai Emery’s side has momentum but this will be their toughest test during that period.

Team News

Sporting CP- Sporting has injury concerns involving a number of key players ahead of Thursday’s tough Europa League contest with Arsenal.

Jeremy Mathieu has missed Sporting’s last five matches but reported for first-team training at the start of the week, suggesting he will be ready for Thursday. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Sporting CP vs Arsenal”

Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Lazio

Marseille have won their last two matches without conceding. They are yet to win in the Europa League this season (D1, L1).

Lazio has also won their last two matches without conceding. They slipped to a shock 4-1 defeat at Frankfurt last time out in the Europa League.

This is the first competitive meeting between the two teams since 2000, when Lazio triumphed 5-1 courtesy of four goals from current Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi.

Team News

Marseille- Luiz Gustavo and Lucas Ocampos were both suspended against Nice at the weekend and could get some playing time here as a result. Rolando and Clinton N’Jie are the only injury concerns for Marseille. Naija and Bet

Lazio- Riza Durmisi is the only player expected to miss out for Lazio when they face Marseille on Thursday. Jordan Lukaku is yet to feature this season but is an option at left wing-back. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Lazio”

Europa League Match Preview: RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Celtic

RB Leipzig are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions (W4,D2).

Celtic have won four of their last five in all competitions, but lost in the Europa League during that run.

RB Leipzig has kept successive clean sheets at home and are expected to beat Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Team News

RasenBallsport Leipzig- RB Leipzig has a clean bill of health ahead of Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Celtic.

20-year-old Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha has started RB Leipzig’s first two Europa League group games and is expected to lead the line again here.

Celtic- James Forrest is suspended after being sent off in Celtic’s 3-1 defeat away to Salzburg last time out in the Europa League. Bet Now

Scott Brown was forced off midway through the first half of Celtic’s 4-2 win over Hibernian on Saturday and is unlikely to feature here as a result. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Celtic”

Europa League Match Preview: Qarabag FK vs Arsenal

Qarabag has won five of their opening six league matches but were beaten 2-0 by Sporting, their first opponent of any significant quality this season.

After a tricky start to the season, Arsenal has now won seven matches in a row in all competitions.

The Gunners triumphed 4-2 against minnows Vorskla in their first Europa League game.

Qarabag’s most recent encounter with English opposition was against Chelsea in last season’s Champions League group stage, where they lost 10-0 on aggregate across both meetings. Latest Odds

Team News

Qarabag FK- Dani Quintana is the only reported injury problem for Qarabag. The Spaniard is not back until the start of December, owing to ligament damage.

Expect a similar side to the one that started Qarabag’s last Europa League match, a 2-0 loss away to Portuguese giants Sporting. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Qarabag FK vs Arsenal”

Europa League Match Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Lazio

Frankfurt opened up their Europa League campaign with an away victory over last season’s finalists, Marseille. The German side also won 4-1 against Hannover at the weekend.

Lazio slipped to a 3-1 defeat in the Rome derby at the weekend, ending their five-game winning streak. The Serie A side overcame Apollon Limassol 2-1 in GW1 of the UEL.

Frankfurt hasn’t won successive matches this season but Lazio has conceded in each of their last four. This could prove a thoroughly entertaining match. Latest Odds are available on Site

Team News

Eintracht Frankfurt- Jetro Willems is suspended for Frankfurt after being sent off against Marseille in their Europa League opener. Simon Falette is tipped to deputise.

Frankfurt are expected to be missing up to eight players in total, owing to suspension and injuries. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Lazio”

Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Vidi FC

Chelsea opened their Europa League account for the season with a 1-0 win away to Greek side PAOK. A more straightforward three points are expected on home soil.

Vidi lost 2-0 at home to BATE Borisov in GW1 and face a daunting trip to Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Vidi has at least won successive matches heading into this match, but anything other than a comprehensive home victory would be a shock. Bet Now

Team News

Chelsea- Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pedro and Andreas Christensen are doubts for Chelsea, with the former closing in on a return to first-team action.

Cesc Fabregas has recently returned and will hope to get some playing time under his belt on Thursday.

Gary Cahill will hope to start on Thursday after he was a surprise absentee from their starting XI last time out in the competition.

Alvaro Morata will start for the home side, while other fringe players like Ross Barkley will feature from the off. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Vidi FC”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Vorskla

Unai Emery is not going to prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League and has a track record of winning the competition. The Gunners should be considered one of the favourites this season. After a difficult start to the season, they have won three in a row.

Vorskla are big underdogs heading into this fixture but the Ukranian side at least has some momentum heading into this clash with three wins in a row. In the Europa League, however, they have only won one of their last 10 matches.

Vorskla has failed to score in four of their last five away games in the Europa League and Arsenal should have their eyes on a comprehensive victory on Thursday evening.

Team News

Arsenal- Three-time Europa League winner Unai Emery has already revealed he wants to win the competition with Arsenal, suggesting they will they field fairly strong teams.

Lucas Torreira has been eased into life at Arsenal since joining over the summer and is expected to make his full debut for the club on Thursday. Bernd Leno could also debut for the Gunners. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Vorskla”

Europa League Match Preview: PAOK Thessaloniki FC vs Chelsea

PAOK have picked up some impressive results so far this season, eliminating FC Basel from Champions League qualification and even drawing away to Benfica before being humbled 4-1 at home to the Portuguese side. That remains their only defeat in nine competitive games this season.

Chelsea has made a 100 percent start to the season but expect a disjointed performance on Thursday if Maurizio Sarri goes down the route of making wholesale changes. There could be a lot of players picked that haven’t played a great deal this season but the Blues are favourites regardless.

Team News

PAOK Thessaloniki FC- Right-back Leo Matos is suspended after being sent off against Benfica in their last European game.

Former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom could line up against Chelsea on Thursday. Bet Now

Ex-CSKA Moscow midfielder Pontus Wernbloom is another Chelsea will have to keep an eye on.

Fernando Varela played both legs against Benfica at centre-back and could join former Aston Villa defender Jose Crespo at the heart of PAOK’s defence.

The Greek side also has former Wolfsburg defender Vieirinha in their ranks ahead of the Chelsea clash. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: PAOK Thessaloniki FC vs Chelsea”

Rangers advance to Europa League playoff

Manager Steven Gerrard said Rangers had knocked a quality side out of the Europa League on Thursday after the Scottish club drew 0-0 in Slovenia to beat Maribor 3-1 on aggregate.

After dominating the first leg at Ibrox, Rangers were given a stern test in Slovenia but maintained a clean sheet thanks to some solid defending and an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who saved a stoppage-time penalty.

Maribor have been a thorn in the side of Scottish teams recently, knocking Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen and Hibernian out of European competition over the last eight years, and reached the group stage of last year’s Champions League. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 NaijaBet

“We have knocked a Champions League team out of the qualifiers and they are devastated – they had confidence, they had ego coming into this game and they had no respect for us,” Gerrard said. Naija and Bet

“But, my players have proved over two legs we are better than Maribor, and that pleases me and that gives me great confidence going forward.”

Gerrard took over at Rangers in May and has brought in 11 players as he looks to end the dominance of Glasgow rivals Celtic, who have won the league for seven successive years. Continue reading “Rangers advance to Europa League playoff”

Griezmann goals fires Atletico to Europa title

Antoine Griezmann was the hero for Atletico Madrid as the French striker scored twice in their 3-0 win over Marseille in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Lyon, allowing his club to win the trophy for the third time in nine seasons.

It is Griezmann’s first major title with Atletico, and a fitting way to bow out if he leaves at the season’s end, with Barcelona tipped as his next destination.

Griezmann – brought up in Macon, just 70 kilometres from Lyon – scored once in each half, his lethal finishes coming to either side of Marseille losing Dimitri Payet to injury, the French team’s captain coming off in tears.

Griezmann now has 29 goals this season, although it was Gabi’s late strike that sealed the victory. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering,” said Griezmann, who has spent his whole career in Spain but had only previously won one Spanish Super Cup.

Atletico’s triumph comes after agonising defeats to Real Madrid in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016. They had previously won the Europa League in 2010 and again in 2012, the latter coming just six months after Diego Simeone’s appointment as coach. Continue reading “Griezmann goals fires Atletico to Europa title”

Europa League Final : Marseille vs Atletico Madrid

Marseille lost ground in the race for a Champions League finish as they drew 3-3 with Guingamp on Friday night and they now sit three points behind Monaco ahead of the final week of the season. The Ligue 1 side have won just one of their last four competitive outings and just two of their last four Europa League matches.

They also lost their only visit to Parc OL this season, falling to a 2-0 loss to Lyon back in December, while their form away from the Velodrome in the Europa League this season has been poor, with just one win from their seven away games in Europe this term. Bet Now

Atletico Madrid has too struggled on their travels in European action this season, winning only two of seven away Champions League and Europa League matches.

Their form coming into this one, though, has been commendable, with Diego Simeone overseeing three wins in Atletico’s last four matches. However, like Marseille and the Velodrome, the Spanish side have faltered on their travels of late, with a five-match winless run preceding back-to-back wins over Alaves and Getafe, respectively. Continue reading “Europa League Final : Marseille vs Atletico Madrid”

Europa League Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal (Agg 1-1)

Atletico Madrid’s last gasp away goal in the first leg makes them favourites to progress to the Europa League final on Thursday.

Diego Simeone’s side have kept clean sheets in each of their last 11 home matches in all competitions.

Arsenal will be kicking themselves for gifting Atletico the equaliser at the Emirates last week. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

The Gunners have only won two of their last 12 away games in all competitions.

Team News

Atletico Madrid- Sime Vrsaljko is suspended for Atletico Madrid after being shown a red card in the first leg. With Juanfran also expected to miss out, Thomas Parety may be required at right-back.

Angel Correa was sent off at the weekend but is free to start on Thursday, while Diego Costa also proved his fitness with 63 minutes against Alaves. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal (Agg 1-1)”

Europa League Match Preview: Salzburg vs Marseille (Agg0-2)

Salzburg are 2-0 down from the first leg but are unbeaten at home this season. The Austrian outfit even put four past Lazio at home in the last round and have nothing to fear on Thursday.

Marseille are in the driving seat but have struggled for consistency on the road this season. In fact, they have only won one of six matches away from home in the Europa League, failing to score in four of those. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Salzburg have already beaten Marseille at home this season, winning 1-0 in the group phase. Despite Marseille’s woes away from home in the competition, have never conceded more once in a game. Can they see out the second leg and make the final?

Team News

Salzburg- Xaver Schlager will hope to return to the starting XI on Thursday after dropping to the bench in the first leg.

Salzburg have no reported injury concerns ahead of their Europa League sem-final second leg. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Salzburg vs Marseille (Agg0-2)”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid

Arsenal have won their last six home matches in a row. They have scored at least three goals in each of those matches.

Atletico Madrid have only won one of their last five and have failed to score in their last two. They are winless in their last four away matches, losing 3-0 most recently to Real Sociedad.

Atletico were the favourites when this draw was made but have Arsenal caught them at the perfect time? The Gunners will need to win well on Thursday as their away form has been dreadful all season.

Team News

Arsenal- Alexandre Lacazette will continue up front in the Europa League as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied for Arsenal. Bet Now

Jack Wilshere has missed Arsenal’s last two matches but has since returned to training. Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech are also back in training.

Mohamed Elneny suffered ankle ligament damage at the weekend and is out for the rest of the season. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid”

Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Salzburg

Marseille have only lost one of their last 21 home matches in all competitions.

Salzburg have only lost two of their last 21 away matches in all competitions.

Salzburg have scored exactly two goals in their last three away games in the Europa League.

Marseille have scored 5 goals in each of their last two home matches.

Team News

Marseille- Hiroki Sakai is expected to miss Marseille’s Europa League semi-final first leg against RB Leipzig after coming off in the first half of their 5-1 win over Lille at the weekend. Bet now on NaijaBet

Valere Germain, Kostas Mitroglou and Clinton N’Jie are in competition for a starting berth up front, while Morgan Sanson, Maxime Lopez and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa battle for a place alongside Luiz Gustavo in midfield.

Boubacar Kamara and Steve Mandanda are also ruled out for the home side ahead of their meeting with Salzburg. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Salzburg”

Europa League Match Preview : CSKA Moscow vs Arsenal

CSKA Moscow are 4-1 down from the first leg and have little to no chance of overturning the deficit. They warmed up for Thursday’s match by losing 2-1 at home to relegation strugglers Dinamo Moscow on Monday.

Arsenal should have done enough in the first leg to secure their place in the last four of the Europa League. The Gunners have won their last six matches in all competitions.Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

CSKA have failed to win their last six home fixtures against Premier League opponents and that streak should continue here. Arsenal have only won two of their last nine away games, but both victories came in the Europa League.

Team News

CSKA Moscow- Kirill Nababkin returns for CSKA Moscow after missing the first leg through suspension. Pontus Wernbloom and Bibras Natcho are one booking away from a one-match ban in UEFA competition.

Viktor Vasin and Mario Fernandes are the only injury concerns for CSKA Moscow on Thursday, both are sidelined for the Russian side. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview : CSKA Moscow vs Arsenal”

Europa League Match Preview : Atletico Madrid vs Sporting CP

Atletico Madrid have won their last eight home matches and haven’t conceded a single goal in that time.

Sporting, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four. They have conceded in each of their last 16 away matches, last keeping a clean sheet on the road in October.

Diego Simeone’s side are favourites to come through this tie and advance to the semi finals of the Europa League. Expect a shutout win on Thursday.

Team News

Atletico Madrid- Antoine Griezmann was suspended at the weekend and will return to first-team action here well rested. Vitolo is also available again for Atletico Madrid. Bet Now

Jose Gimenez and Juanfran are still doubts for Diego Simeone’s side, but Filipe Luis is ruled out. With limited options, the back four should pick itself on Thursday.

Angel Correa will miss the trip to Portugal if he is booked in midweek. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview : Atletico Madrid vs Sporting CP”

Europa League Match Preview : RB Leipzig vs Marseille

RB Leipzig are unbeaten in six matches and have played the likes of Zenit, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in that time.

Marseille have only lost one of their last six and have won their last three away games in all competitions.

This is an evenly poised tie between two solid European contenders.

RB Leipzig will look to use home soil as the advantage on Thursday, particularly as Marseille have only won one of five away games in the Europa League this season. Naija and Bet

Team News

RB Leipzig- Willi Orban is suspended for RB Leipzig and will need replacing in defence. Marcel Sabitzer, Yussuf Poulsen, Jean-Kevin Augustin and Diego Demme will miss the return leg if they are booked on Thursday.

Naby Keita and Marcel Sabitzer overcame fitness issues to feature for Leipzig, but Marcel Halstenberg and Stefan Ilsanker are sidelined for the German side.

Ademola Lookman is cup-tied.Jean-Kevin Augustin and Yussuf Poulsen have rotated in attack in Europe this season and the latter may get the nod here as Augustin started at the weekend. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview : RB Leipzig vs Marseille”

Europa League Match Preview : Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow

Arsenal have lost four of their eight previous meetings with Russian opponents in UEFA competition. However, they have kept three clean sheets in a row in home matches against Russian sides.

CSKA Moscow surprisingly knocked Lyon out of the last round of the Europa League. They have already been defeated on two occasions by English opposition this season, losing both Champions League group games to Manchester United. Bet Now

Arsenal have won their last three home matches in all competitions and will aim to get the job done at the Emirates before their tricky trip to Russia for the second leg.

Team News

Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette returned to first-team action at the weekend and will hope to start on Thursday with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible and Danny Welbeck suffering with a back injury.
Petr Cech is an injury doubt for the home side but David Ospina will return in goal for European competition.

Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview : Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow”

Arsenal will face CSKA in Moscow Europa quarters

London club Arsenal will take on CSKA Moscow after being drawn together in a Europa League quarter-final in Nyon on Friday at a time of strained relations between Britain and Russia.

British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy, and said British royals and ministers would not attend the World Cup in Russia this year.

There was an all Iberian cast in another eye-catching quarter-final draw as capital outfits Atletico Madrid, who many see as the main pretenders to the title, drew Sporting Lisbon. Latest odds on NaijaBet

Former European champions Marseille will take on rising German force RB Leipzig, while exciting Italian outfit Lazio face the draw’s minnows Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg, who knocked out Borussia Dortmund in the last round.

All the matches are played on the same day with the first leg coming on April 5 and the return a week later on April 12.

UEL Match Preview : Arsenal vs AC Milan (Agg 2-0)

Arsenal are in the driving seat in this tie after pulling off a very impressive 2-0 win in Milan last week. The Gunners have kept successive clean sheets for the first time since December.

AC Milan have only lost one game since Christmas and that was in the first leg against Arsenal. The Serie A giants have won 11 of their last 15 matches but have left themselves too much to do in the second leg.

With the damage done in the first leg, Arsenal just need to see the tie out at home on Thursday. They were almost made to pay for being complacent against Oestersunds FK in the last round and cannot afford a repeat performance against Milan this time around.

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal- Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal have missed Arsenal’s last two matches but have both trained ahead of Thursday’s second leg with AC Milan. Bet now on today’s games on NaijaBet

Shkodran Mustafi was also in training after picking up a groin problem against Watford on Sunday. All three are expected to start in defence along with Laurent Koscielny, who was rested at the weekend.

Danny Welbeck will lead the line with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette unavailable for the home side. Expect a similar XI to the side that beat AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg. Continue reading “UEL Match Preview : Arsenal vs AC Milan (Agg 2-0)”

Arsenal UEL win ease the pressure on Wenger

Under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was relieved after his side’s impressive 2-0 Europa League last 16, first-leg victory at AC Milan on Thursday, following a “nightmare” week.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan drove Arsenal into a 15th-minute lead with his first goal for the club, and a shellshocked Milan fell further behind before halftime as Aaron Ramsey waltzed through to score.

Wenger desperately needed a positive result after coming under pressure for a run of four straight defeats, and he got just that against a Milan side who saw a 13-match unbeaten run ended. Today’s latest odds on site NaijaBet 

“It is an important win of course after we had a nightmare week,” the 68-year-old Frenchman told BT Sport.

“I am happy with the spirit and response we gave. When you are knocked down like a boxer you don’t have time to react and you are only halfway up, but you have to respond.

“Your pride and desire to show quality has to come through in the game.”

Gennaro Gattuso’s seven-time European champions now have it all to do ahead of the second leg at the Emirates in seven days’ time. Continue reading “Arsenal UEL win ease the pressure on Wenger”