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Arsenal vs Benfica Europa League Live Football Score 25 Feb 2021

Arsenal vs Benfica Europa League Live Football Score 25 Feb 2021

 

EUROPA LEAGUE – ROUND OF 32 – 2ND LEG
Arsenal17:55Benfica

Venue: Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium

Match stats

  • Arsenal have won five of their past six home matches against Portuguese opposition (D1), scoring 20 goals.
  • Benfica’s only previous away match against Arsenal saw them win at Highbury in the European Cup last 16 in 1991-92.
  • Arsenal have won on each of their previous two visits to Greece, both against Olympiakos, in the Champions League in December 2015 and the Europa League in February 2020.
  • Since the start of last season, only Nicolas Pepe (10) has had a direct hand in more of Arsenal’s 37 goals in the Europa League than Bukayo Saka (three goals, six assists), who netted the equaliser in the first leg.

Team news

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey faces a late fitness test to determine whether he is fit enough to be involved after a hamstring problem. If Partey is unavailable, Dani Ceballos is expected to start alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield.

The Gunners are without defender Rob Holding after he was substituted with concussion during Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City.

Having made five changes for the loss, Mikel Arteta could revert back to the same side that played in back-to-back games, including the 1-1 draw in the first leg but Kieran Tierney is expected to replace Cedric Soares in defence.

  • Arsenal have won five of their last six home matches against Portuguese opposition (D1), scoring 20 goals across those five victories.
  • Benfica’s only previous away match against Arsenal saw them win at Highbury in the European Cup last 16 in 1991-92. Managed at the time by Sven-Göran Eriksson, Benfica needed extra-time goals from Vasiliy Kulkov and Isaías to secure a 3-1 win.
  • Arsenal have won on each of their previous two visits to Greece, both against, Olympiakos, in the UEFA Champions League in December 2015 and the UEFA Europa League in February 2020.
  • Benfica’s last knockout stage match held in Greece was a 1-0 win away to PAOK Salonika in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League in 2013-14.
  • Since the start of last season, only Nicolas Pépé (10) has had a direct hand in more of Arsenal’s 37 goals in the UEFA Europa League than Bukayo Saka (3 goals, 6 assists), who netted the equaliser in the first leg.

Prediction

  • It’s advantage Arsenal in this tie after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, with a crucial away goal in the bag. However, with this match taking place in Athens, rather than London, the Gunners may rue all the missed chances from last week.
  • Benfica are unbeaten in six but have only won twice in that time, with one win against lower league opposition in their domestic cup. In fact, the 3-1 win over Estoril is their only win across their last six ‘away’ matches.
  • Neither team are in great form heading in to Thursday’s match. Arsenal have only won one of their last six but on the balance of things from the first leg you have to favour the Gunners here.

 

 

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