Arsenal will be looking to reach a third Europa League semi-final in four seasons when they face Slavia Prague at the Sinobo Stadium on Thursday evening (8pm, UK time).
The hosts are no strangers to eliminating British clubs from this season’s competition, having already taken out Rangers and Leicester, and they currently hold all the cards after leaving the Emirates with a 1-1 draw, sealing a precious away goal.
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Where to watch Slavia Prague vs Arsenal on TV:
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Scoreline prediction: Slavia Prague 0-2 Arsenal
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Slavia Prague vs Arsenal build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Slavia Prague are simply a goalless draw away from reaching a European semi-final for the first time since 1995/96, when Bordeaux proved too good over two UEFA Cup legs (running out 2-0 winners). Jindrich Trpisovsky’s men are looking to knock out a third British club from this season’s competition after dumping out Leicester City and Rangers.
At home in the Europa League they’re unbeaten, winning three of the five games played. The runaway Czech leaders across that run have scored eight goals whilst conceding just three times. Both of the aforementioned knockout games ended in stalemate (0-0 v Leicester and 1-1 v Rangers).
As for Mikel Arteta’s side they need to put those missed opportunities at the Emirates behind them. What is going in their favour has been an impressive record on the road this season. Across five away Europa League matches this campaign the Londonders have registered four wins. The sole blemish was a 1-1 draw against Benfica in the round of 32 but even then, Arsenal proved scoring on the road isn’t a concern as they’ve netted in each of their five road trips heading into this week’s game.
- Slavia Prague (vs Sparta Prague): Kolar; Masopust, Zima, Kacharaba, Boril; Holes; Dorley, Provod, Stanciu, Lingr; Kuchta.
- Arsenal (vs Sheffield United): Leno; Chambers, Holding, Mari, Xhaka; Partey, Ceballos; Pepe, Saka*, Martinelli; Lacazette.
David Hovorka and Simon Deli remain out for the hosts, while Peter Olayinka and Abdallah Sima face late fitness tests after the attacking duo missed the weekend’s Prague derby. Arsenal meanwhile could once again be without Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe, while David Luiz and Kieran Tierney definitely miss out. Bukayo Saka is also a major doubt after limping off against Sheffield United at the weekend.
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Player to watch: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
As touched upon, the Gunners will need to put last week’s disappointing result behind them. Understandably they were kicking themselves and no one was more frustrated than leading marksman Alexandre Lacazette who missed a glorious opportunity to give Arsenal the lead before Nicolas Pepe finally broke the deadlock with four minutes remaining. However, that wasn’t enough as deep into stoppage time Tomas Holes netted an unlikely equaliser, leaving the Premier League side deflated.
To see Lacazette miss that opportunity was shocking considering his performances in front of goal this season, especially lately. His latest Premier League brace at Bramall Lane moved him onto 13 league goals for the campaign, with five of those strikes coming in his last six league appearances. But he’s only netted once across six previous Europa League outings, albeit Gunners boss Arteta has sparingly used him (314 minutes played from 990 minutes available). The 29-year-old French striker though is expected to lead the line on Thursday evening.
Europa League 2020/21 recent form:
- Slavia Prague: DWDWD
- Arsenal: DLWWD
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