Benfica Vs Arsenal preview, team news, prediction, lineups, TV channel and live stream info
Benfica Vs Arsenal preview, team news, prediction, lineups, TV channel and live stream info of Thursday’s Europa League clash.
- Benfica will go toe to toe vs Arsenal for Thursday early Europa League R-32 clash between both sides at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome
- The match is set to be played at a neutral venue behind closed doors due to COVID-19 restrictions in Portugal
- Both the sides will thus be traveling to Italy though Benfica will be playing as the home side in Roma on Thursday
Benfica will be hoping to puncture Arsenal’s newfound optimism when both the sides meet in the first leg of their Europa League R-32 clash at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Thursday.
Jorge Jesus's side weren't at their best in the group stages last year, winning just three of their six games of the stage. Yet their form was enough to see them book a berth in the round of 32 behind Steven Gerrard's Rangers who topped the group with 14 points.
Arsenal's form in the group stages, however, was antithetical to their domestic fortunes. The Gunners won all six of their group games even though they were sitting dangerously close to relegation places in the Premier League at that time.
Benfica Vs Arsenal preview: Team News and starting lineups
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 17, 2021
The home side will be without the services of both their first and second-choice full-backs. The absence of Andre Almeida and Gilberto means their manager might have to improvise to fill-in that right-back spot on Thursday with Diogo Goncalves.
Arsenal aren't in an injury crisis but the absence of both Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney has deprived the Gunners of two of the most valuable squad members. Partey is expected to be replaced by Dani Ceballos, with Cedric Soares coming in for the injured Tierney.
Possible Benfica starting lineup vs Arsenal : Vlachodimos; Goncalves, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Silva, Taarabt, Weigl, Pizzi; Nunez, Seferovic
Possible Arsenal starting lineup vs Benfica : Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Cedric; Xhaka, Ceballos; Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Aubameyang
TV channel, live stream info and prediction
— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) February 17, 2021
- How to watch Benfica Vs Arsenal on TV : BT Sport 2 HD (UK), ESPN + (US), Sony Network (Indian Subcontinent)
- Benfica Vs Arsenal live stream info : Subscribe to BT Sport to watch the match via the BT Sport app and BT Sport website
Prediction : Benfica 1-3 Arsenal