Arsenal vs Sporting CP: Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg Preview, Prediction, Key Players, and Result.
Arsenal host Sporting CP in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie, with the scores level at 2-2 after the first leg. The north London club will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition, as they continue their pursuit of European glory.
Arsenal vs Sporting CP: Head-to-Head Record
Arsenal FC and Sporting CP have met five times in the past, with the north London club remaining unbeaten in all those meetings. They have won two and drawn three of those matches. The last two meetings between the two sides have ended in draws.
The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in both of their home matches against Sporting CP to date. They beat them 3-0 in the Fairs Cup in November 1969 and drew nil-nil against them in this competition in November 2018.
Sporting CP will have to improve their recent away record against English clubs. They have failed to win any of their last nine trips there in major European competition (W0 D4 L5). Their last victory away against an English club came in the 2004-05 UEFA Cup when they defeated Middlesbrough 3-2 in their last 16 tie.
Arsenal comes into this match on the back of a 3-0 victory over Fulham in the London derby. They currently sit at the top of the Premier League table, and with the Champions League’s position is nearly secured, they will look to do the double this season.
Sporting CP, on the other hand, is currently sitting in 4th place in the Primeira Liga in Portugal. They come into this match on the back of a 3-0 victory over Boavista. Sporting have shown huge improvement and won the last four matches in the league. They would look to mount a challenge to the current premier league leaders.
The Gunners haven’t won any of their last three knockout games at the Emirates Stadium in the UEFA Europa League. Since beating Benfica there in February 2021 (3-2), they’ve drawn two and lost one at home.
Sporting CP went a fourth successive European meeting with English opposition unbeaten thanks to their 2-2 draw in the first leg of this UEFA Europa League tie with Arsenal. After falling behind to William Saliba’s first-ever goal in European competition, Gonçalo Inácio’s first-half strike and Paulinho’s 55th-minute goal put them into the lead. With his goal, Paulinho became just the second player in history to score against both Arsenal and their north London rivals Spurs in European competition within a single season (excluding qualifiers).
A Hidemasa Morita own goal levelled the scores coming into this second leg, but it meant that Arsenal have only won one of their last six European knockout matches (D3 L2).
Arsenal vs Sporting CP: Key Players
Arsenal will be looking to Bukayo Saka to provide the goals in this match. The English winger has scored 11 goals and assisted 9 times in all competitions this season, and he will be looking to add to his tally on Thursday night.
Sporting CP will be hoping that Paulinho can continue his good form in this match. The Portuguese forward has scored fourteen goals and provided three assists in all competitions this season.
Both Arsenal and Sporting CP will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League. The north London club will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten record against the Portuguese side, while Sporting CP will be looking to cause an upset at the Emirates Stadium. It promises to be an exciting match, and fans can expect an action-packed encounter.
We are going for 2-1 Arsenal Win.