Tip Arsenal - Vitoria Guimarares
Arsenal have made a strong start to Group F of the Europa League. They top the table with six points from two games and host Vitoria Guimaraes who are bottom after two defeats. The Gunners suffered a 1-0 away defeat at Sheffield United on Monday, leaving them fifth in the Premier League, another example of their inconsistent away form. Back at the Emirates they are much stronger and will be confident of earning another three points in this game. Arsenal have been fielding a weakened line-up but still beaten Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 away and then defeated Standard Liege 4-0 at home. Their last six home games in the Europa League have all been won with only one goal conceded. That includes wins over Napoli and Valencia. They are undefeated in their last eight home competitive games.
Vitoria Guimaraes are playing catch-up in this group after two defeats. They kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 loss at Standard Liege and followed that with a 1-0 home loss to Eintracht Frankfurt Guimaraes are fourth in the Portuguese league but go into this game having one win in their last four games. Last week saw them knocked out of the Portuguese League Cup by lower league Sintra. Only one of their last seven away matches have been won. Away form in the Europa League isn't great either with just two wins in this season's qualifiers since 2017. This should be a win for Arsenal with them leading at both half and full time.
Key points Arsenal - Vitoria Guimarares
Arsenal have won their last six home games in the Europa League.
Arsenal have only conceded one goal in their last six home games in this competition.
Vitoria Guimaraes have had two wins from their last seven away games in this competition.
Vitoria Guimaraes have only won one of their last seven away games.
Conclusion Arsenal - Vitoria Guimarares
Arsenal's Premier League title hopes may be fading even further but another successful Europa League campaign is underway. They reached the final last year and have begun this season with two straight wins and no goals conceded. They are strong at home and take on a team that are rock bottom of the table with no points. Go for Arsenal to win this game and be ahead at both half and full time.
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Arsenal Vitoria Guimarares Prediction published on October 22, 2019