Slavia Prague are one of the giant-killers of the Europa League 2020-21. After knocking off Premier League team Leicester City in the round of 32 by a 2-0 aggregate scoreline, the Czech team knocked off Rangers 3-1 on aggregate in a wild last 16 tie. Arsenal will attempt to avoid being the latest team to be knocked out of the Europa League by Slavia Prague.
Mikel Arteta’s team are winless in three straight games in all competitions and only made it through to the Europa League quarterfinals thanks to a 3-2 aggregate win over Olympiacos. After losing the Europa League last 16 second leg to the Greeks 1-0, Arsenal drew with West Ham 3-3 in the league and lost 3-0 to Liverpool on Saturday night.
Arsenal are conceding goals at exactly the wrong time of the campaign. They have allowed seven goals over the course of their last three matches in all competitions. Slavia Prague have been opportunistic on the road. They scored two goals against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium and two at Ibrox versus Rangers.
Slavia Prague are unbeaten in 20 straight games in all competitions. The Czechs are playing great football and will give Arsenal everything they can handle at the Emirates. Can Slavia Prague win away for a third consecutive round in the Europa League knockout stage?
Arsenal vs Slavia Prague Betting Odds
Arsenal reached the Europa League Final two seasons ago under former coach Unai Emery. The Gunners lost the final to Chelsea on the day, 4-1. Arteta’s team have little left to play for this season outside of the Europa League.
There were rumours that Arsenal could move on from Arteta if the team failed to do well in the tournament. Arteta has actually performed worse as Arsenal manager in his first 50 matches compared to Emery in his first 50 games. It was also revealed at the weekend that Arteta’s performance as manager in the team’s opening 50 matches was worse than Arsene Wenger’s final 50 matches.
Arsenal go into the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals as heavy favourites. They are at odds of 11/19 to win on Thursday night against Slavia Prague. Despite the Czech team’s form and previous wins in the Europa League knockout rounds, Leading sportsbooks have the team at odds of 5/1 to win away for the third time in the Europa League knockout rounds.
Slavia Prague started their European campaign in the Champions League playoffs. There, they were defeated by Denmark’s Midtjylland. Since then, Slavia Prague have made up for their Champions League playoff defeat by finishing second in their Europa League group and winning against more fancied sides Leicester City and Rangers. The teams are at odds of 33/10 to finish in a draw on Thursday night at the Emirates. Both home legs in the knockout stage played by Slavia Prague finished in draws.
Arsenal vs Slavia Prague Team News
Arteta has five players on the Arsenal injury list going into the game this week. Defenders David Luiz and Kieran Tierney are both ruled out of the fixture. Luiz has a knee injury and recently underwent a small operation to fix an issue with the joint. Tierney also has a knee injury but is in the process of rehabbing it.
The Arsenal manager could have the trio of midfielder Granit Xhaka, attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, and winger Bukayo Saka back from their respective injuries. The three players are all possibilities to play in the game.
Slavia Prague manager Jind?ich Trpišovský has just two names on the injury list at the club. Ibrahima Traore and David Hovorka are both recovering from injury and could make the squad for the game. Traore is nursing a muscle strain while Hovorka has a knee issue.
The only previous meeting in a UEFA competition between Arsenal and Slavia Prague was in the 2007-08 Champions League group stage. Arsenal claimed a 7-0 victory over Slavia Prague in London. It is still the Gunners' largest European home win. It was also the Czech team's heaviest European defeat. The second leg finished in a goalless draw in Prague.
Arsenal vs Slavia Prague Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 20/21 - BET NOW
Thursday night’s game should be rather cagey. Arsenal are not in form going into the match having failed to win each of their last three games in all competitions. Slavia Prague, on the other hand, are on a brilliant run of form. They are 20 games unbeaten in all competitions. Their defence went to the King Power Stadium and Ibrox and kept clean sheets against stronger teams. Can they do it for a third straight away game in the Europa League?
Half time result: Draw @ 13/10 - BET NOW
Arsenal saw three of their last four games in the Europa League go into the halftime break as draws. The first half could be cagey between these sides. Neither side want to make a mistake and kill off the tie in the first leg. Slavia Prague also saw three of their four Europa League knockout stage games go into halftime as draws.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 51/50 - BET NOW
Slavia Prague’s aim will be to keep the game low scoring and take it back to the Czech Republic. Their four knockout stage games against Leicester City and Rangers all ended with under 2.5 goals scored. After draws at home, they won on the road, making the most of the away goal rule. They will need to do things differently against Arsenal. The away leg comes first rather than second.
Two of Arsenal’s four Europa League knockout stage games ended with under 2.5 goals scored. They are conceding goals galore at the moment, however. They allowed seven goals in their last three games in all competitions. Arteta needs the defence to improve quickly or the Gunners will experience the same fate as Leicester City and Rangers. This is a good Slavia Prague team that continues to grow in European experience each season. Arsenal need to be at their best on Thursday night to avoid a defeat at home.
Arsenal vs Slavia Prague Tips
Here are our Arsenal vs Slavia Prague tips for Thursday's Europa League quarter-final 1st leg.
1. Both teams to score: NO @ 20/21
2. Half time result: Draw @ 13/10
3. Under 2.5 goals scored @ 51/50
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