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- Slavia Prague have lost only one of their last 29 matches in all competitions.
- Arsenal have won only four of their last nine home assignments.
- Slavia Prague eliminated Rangers and Leicester City in the previous two rounds.
- Arsenal have conceded two or more goals in three of their last six home fixtures.
Arsenal look fragile
Arsenal’s recent domestic performances have been well below par, and they will need to raise their standards to establish a quarter-final first-leg lead in a tricky-looking tie with Czech Republic outfit Slavia Prague this week.
The Gunners were led a merry dance by Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday when the rampant Reds – who could have scored six – settled for three in a one-sided victory in the capital.
With their confidence knocked, Arsenal will be nervous hosts on Thursday evening, and an assured Slavia Prague side have the tools to take advantage.
Slavia targeting another big scalp
Still considered rank outsiders to make it all the way to the final in Gdansk, Slavia Prague have made a habit of upsetting the odds in this season’s Europa League.
The Czech side eliminated Leicester City in the Round of 32 without conceding a goal, before they did another professional job on a fancied Glasgow Rangers team in the competition’s next phase.
Visitors to avoid defeat?
Slavia’s displays on the road against both Leicester and Rangers were particularly impressive, and their slick style of football and tactically astute set-up should make them a similarly tough prospect for Arsenal this week.
The Červenobílí have lost one of their last 29 fixtures in all competitions, and they will arrive in London armed with the self-belief to take the game to their fragile hosts.
Arsenal meanwhile, have failed to win five of their last nine home games, and the Gunners were toppled in each of their last two matches on their own patch by Olympiakos and Liverpool.
The factors suggest Slavia Prague are an interesting price in the double chance market at favourable odds, while our 2-2 correct score prediction tips the teams to trade blows in an entertaining tussle at the Emirates Stadium.