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Arsenal vs Sporting Lisbon Predictions

Published on 8:00pm GMT 16 March 2023

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Both Teams To Score

Reason for tip

Both teams have scored in five of Arsenal’s last seven home games while Sporting have scored in all four of their away European games this season. The first leg was a glorious affair in which both teams showed plenty of attacking ambition and scored two goals apiece.

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Arsenal 2-1

Reason for tip

Arsenal have been full of goals lately, hitting 12 in their last four contests. Sporting’s defence will be put under plenty of pressure but they have not shipped more than two in any match since a 4-1 loss to Marseille some 30 games ago. The Portuguese side have scored in six straight away games and in all four of their European games on the road this term.

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Arsenal vs Sporting Lisbon Predictions

  • Both teams have scored in five of Arsenal’s last seven home games.
  • Sporting have scored in all four of their away European games this season.
  • The Gunners have scored at least two goals in each of their last four matches.

Lions can give Gunners a tough night

Sporting pushed Arsenal all the way in Lisbon last week and can give another good account of themselves when the two sides meet to determine which club goes through to the Europa League quarter-finals. The Lions finished with a slightly higher xG than the visitors at the Alvalade and know they will have to play even better than that against what is likely to be a stronger starting XI fielded by Mikel Arteta.

Arteta’s priority is the Premier League and he will have half an eye on the home clash with Crystal Palace that follows this second leg on Sunday. But Gabriel Jesus will be involved again at some stage as he works his way back to full match sharpness and Kieran Tierney, who also missed the first leg, is available again.

Arsenal have no players suspended for the game – unlike Sporting, who will be without midfielder Hidemasa Morita and centre-back Sebastian Coates. The loss of the Japanese star could force Ruben Amorim to deploy Pedro Goncalves in central midfield again, taking a little away from Sporting’s potency in the final third.

Both teams to score looks the best bet

However, that role did not stop Sporting grabbing two goals in Portugal last week and backing both teams to score in this return clash seems the best way to go. Amorim’s men have scored in all four of their away trips in Europe this term while the Gunners have kept three straight home clean sheets in this competition, of their three opponents only PSV Eindhoven could claim to come close to matching Sporting’s quality in attack.

A 2-1 Gunners success is worth backing in correct score markets because Arteta’s side have been full of goals lately, hitting 12 in their last four contests, while Sporting have not shipped more than two since a 4-21 loss to Marseille some 30 games ago.

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