15th April – 21:00, Sinobo Stadium, Prague
Slavia Prague will host Arsenal in the Europa League quarter-finals second leg match on Thursday evening. The hosts have an active result ahead of this game, while the away side needs at least one goal to find its way through the semi-finals.
Slavia Prague vs Arsenal Match Preview & Team News
Tomas Holes’s goal in the final second of the first-leg match brought Slavia Prague a valuable 1:1 draw from London. The hosts face the UK side for the third time in the knockout stage of this competition, and they have been successful on the previous two occasions. Unlike those, Slavia will play the second leg at home and try to find a place among the top four Europa League teams. Jindrich Trpisovsky’s side heads to this match after a 2:0 victory in the Prague Derby against Sparta, which brought them very close to defending the title. However, the hosts will have selection issues once again. Ondrej Kudela serves his 10-match ban due to the racist outburst against Rangers in the first knockout round. Peter Olayinka and Abdallah Sima will also be unable to help their teammates, while the first-choice goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar is back in the squad. Slavia should put another disciplined performance, and the hosts hold their fate in their hands in this tie.
Arsenal broke their four-game winless streak with a convincing 3:0 victory away to Sheffield United last weekend. However, the away side is still far from challenging the Europa League qualification through the Premier League for the next season. They are nine points behind the fifth-placed Chelsea, and Mikel Arteta’s side has been very inconsistent this season. Their only chance to enjoy the continental campaign in the next season is to win this competition. The Gunners will need to search for an away goal as a precondition to advancing to the next round. Alexandre Lacazette will be the major threat for the opposition’s goalkeeper, as he scored a brace last weekend. However, Pierre Aubameyang and Martin Odegaard are doubtful for this clash, while David Luiz is definitely out. Arsenal needs to be clinical in front of the rival’s net to get a chance for progressing further.
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
Slavia Prague enjoys an excellent campaign, both on the domestic and continental stage. Despite their selection issues, the bookies severely underestimate the hosts. They will fight for a ticket to the semi-finals and might remain undefeated.
Goals Market Prediction
The home side rarely concedes at the home ground, but Arsenal has been very productive on the road lately. As the Gunners will search for an away goal, and Slavia failed to score at the home ground just twice this season, we don’t think either side will keep the clean sheet.
Slavia Prague vs Arsenal
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