Arsenal and Benfica will meet in the Europa League first knockout round. Arsenal is playing badly, the team needs a cold shower for better results below, otherwise, they will be in big trouble. Benfica has three draws in a row in the Portuguese league, and the defense shows its weaknesses.
February 25th, 2021 – 18:55
Arsenal vs Benfica Betting Tips & Predictions
Reason for Arsenal vs Benfica Predictions
The Gunners go to this game straight from a 1-0 loss to Manchester City, their third loss in five matches. They have managed just one win and have no clean sheet in the last five games. In the loss to Manchester City, defender Rob Holding had a concussion and will miss this game, but they shouldn’t have problems in replacements. The Gunners need at least a 0-0 draw to progress, but they have conceded seven in their last five matches, and it would be better not to sit back but try winning from the onset. While they have few clean sheets in recent matches, Arsenal has really improved defensively this season. In their last 14 games, they’ve conceded more than once in just two games. However, they have been poorer in the attack and go here, having failed to score in five of the last ten games. Ainsley Maitland-Niles shows her talent and should be one of the leading players in the future. Nicolas Pepe showed why he was brought in. He has good dribbling, speed is his advantage, he is the starter in every game, and he scored several important goals last season.
Benfica goes to this game unbeaten in the last six matches but has just two wins in the previous seven games. They’re also having defensive issues, with their last 11 games registering only four clean sheets. In their previous match, right after facing Arsenal, they drew with Farense. In their previous 11 games, Benfica has scored more than one goal in just three, while they’ve conceded two or more in only one of the last 15 games. They have one away win in the last six matches and just one clean sheet. In Europa League, Benfica hasn’t lost a lot; they’re unbeaten in eight, but five are draws, and they’ve scored two or more in seven of eight in the competition. Adel Taarabt plays in the middle of the field, which means a lot to the team, and his experience gives the team an advantage in many games. There are a lot of exciting players on the bench. Everton enjoys the pitch, and when he receives the ball and moves towards the goal, the opponent has a problem. His most significant strength is speed.
Arsenal is the favorite in this match, and the hosts are expected to proceed to the next round.
We can expect a big fight between these two teams, and both of them should be able to score. We don’t believe either side will keep the clean sheet.