Tip Arsenal - Dundalk
The past few days have not been very rosy for Arsenal and they will be hoping for better times when they host Irish side Dundalk on Match Day 2 in Europa League Group B. The two sides head to the match straight from defeats in their last matches. Arsenal fell 1-0 at home to Leicester City while Dundalk were 1-0 losers away to Waterford. On Match Day 1, Arsenal had a tough time out in Austria against Rapid Wien, and needed to come from behind to win 2-1. Their troubles continued in the Premier League with a 1-0 loss at home to Leicester City in what was a very lackluster performance and they head to this game with one win in their last three matches. While Arsenal have managed to conjure up some positive results, their game has not been convincing. They only looked comfortable against Fulham in the opening game of the season and head here with no clean sheet in their last four matches. they have scored four and conceded as many in the last four matches. While they have managed to win a few of their recent matches at home, they have registered just one clean sheet in their last five at The Emirates. However, the 1-0 loss to Leicester City is the only time in 16 matches that they failed to score at home and will be heavily banking on home form to drive them here. Last season Arsenal went all the way to the second round only to be eliminated by Olympiakos with a defeat at home and they will be hoping to make their home a fortress this time. That defeat marked a second straight home loss in the competition for the Gunners after earlier falling to Eintracht Frankfurt. They have seven wins in their last 10 Europa League matches at home, but in the last five they only have one clean sheet.
Dundalk on the other hand, are on two straight losses ahead of this game. They fell 2-1 to Molde at home on Match Day 1 and head here hoping to sail back to winning ways. Dundalk took the lead at home to Molde in the first half but slumped in the second to allow the Norwegians come back to win. Their loss in the Irish league over the weekend made it three straight matches without a clean sheet but only the second in the last 13 that they have failed to score. It was also the first time in six matches that they have lost away from home and they will hope the tour of London takes them back to winning ways. However, with just five outright wins in 15 Europa League matches, their work will be cut out, especially seeing that they have lost eight of the 15, and kept just four clean sheets.
Key points Arsenal - Dundalk
Dundalk have five wins in 15 Europa League matches.
Dundalk have failed to score in just two of their last 13 matches.
Arsenal have two straight home losses in Europa League.
Arsenal have no clean sheet in their last four matches.
Dundalk have four clean sheets in 15 Europa League matches.
Conclusion Arsenal - Dundalk
Dundalk opened their Europa League campaign with a loss and even apart from that, they don’t have a very good run in the competition. They haven’t won a lot of matches in the competition and heading to Arsenal, they will meet a side with more experience in the competition. Arsenal have been to the final and semi final of this competition in two of the last three seasons and have had better moments here than in their domestic matches. This game comes when they are at a low after that defeat at home by Leicester City and they will be keen to bounce back. However, they have had a few issues in defence, mostly to do with their confidence and they may break here again, after having trailed in each of their last three matches. Dundalk have scored in 11 of their last 13 matches and though they don’t keep many clean sheets, they have the confidence in attack. We believe they will have enough to breach the Arsenal defence and our pick for this is a 2-1 win for Arsenal.
Arsenal Dundalk Prediction published on October 26, 2020