Tip Arsenal - Slavia Prague
The UEFA Europa League resumes on Thursday and Arsenal have another big test coming their way, in the shape of Czech Republic side Slavia Prague after the humiliating defeat to Liverpool on Saturday. Arsenal were handed a 3-0 beating at home to Liverpool, making it three winless outings for the Premier League side ahead of the Europa League quarter final clash. The Gunners have now conceded seven goals in their last three matches and gone without a clean sheet in their last 13 matches while failing to score in five of 15. After losing two straight home matches, Arsenal will be wary of starting this tie at home, but then, they are also not the best performers in away matches. They’ve failed to score in three of their last five matches at home and their slump in Europa League will also be a major cause for concern. In the group stages, arsenal won all their matches but after that, they’ve managed two wins in four matches as things become harder. Their first loss came at home against Olympiakos in the last round, as the team struggled to protect their 3-1 first leg lead. Their star players are struggling badly and it doesn’t help that they have David Luiz and Kieran Tierney out injured. The good news at the team though is that Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka will be back for this game but Emile Smith-Rowe remains a doubt.
The last time Slavia Prague faced Arsenal in London was in 2007, and then they lost 7-0 to a very strong Arsenal side in the Champions League. They return to London carrying a 21-game undefeated run with 16 wins therein. The Czech side drew 0-0 with Zbrojovka Brno in the country’s domestic league and goes to the Arsenal game with four straight clean sheets. Meanwhile, they’ve scored 10 goals in the last five matches. Trips to the UK are becoming regular for the Czech side and they will be looking forward to this, having eliminated Leicester City and Rangers in the last two rounds. Slavia Prague are unbeaten in their last 10 matches across all competitions, and in the Europa League, they registered away wins in the last two rounds. They have three wins in their last four away matches in this competition. In their league game against Zbrojovka, key forward Nicolae Stanciu was an unused sub while their top scorer in Europa League Abdallah Dipo Sima was left out of the squad completely.
Key points Arsenal - Slavia Prague
In their last 10 Europa League matches, Slavia Prague have six wins.
Arsenal have conceded seven goals in the last three matches.
Slavia Prague have three wins in their last four away matches in Europa League.
Arsenal have no clean sheet in their last 13 matches.
Slavia Prague have four straight clean sheets ahead of the Arsenal game.
Conclusion Arsenal - Slavia Prague
Arsenal have been poor lately; their key players are struggling, and after failing to score in three of their last five home matches, the team will find it very hard against this gritty Slavia Prague side. Bukayo Saka returns for this game but that feels rushed and he may not have the desired effect on the game. The visitors eliminated Leicester and Rangers with away wins in the last two rounds and will be in better shape mentally, having a 21-match unbeaten run coming to this clash. Arsenal are rocked with injuries to key players and are currently low in confidence. Back Slavia Prague for a win here.
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Arsenal Slavia Prague Prediction published on April 6, 2021