Slavia Prague are the giant-killers of the Europa League. They knocked out Premier League team Leicester City thanks to a strong away leg win and Glasgow Rangers also courtesy of a strong away performance. The Czechs followed those wins up by sealing a famous 1-1 draw against Arsenal in the Europa League quarterfinal first leg. After a nil-nil first half, the two sides saw goals scored in the final four minutes. Nicolas Pepe put the Gunners ahead in the 86th minute but Tomas Holes scored at the death for Slavia Prague.
The second leg is perfectly balanced and of the four Europa League quarterfinal ties, looks the most intriguing. Slavia Prague have been excellent in the competition to this point. If Arsenal are not careful, they will go out of the tournament. As it stands, Slavia Prague are going through to the semifinals.
The Czech team sealed draws in the home legs of their Europa League first legs against Leicester City (nil-nil) and Rangers (1-1). They are a good defensive team and despite playing in one of Europe’s unfancied leagues, Slavia Prague will feel confident of getting a result to go through on Thursday night.
Arsenal have to score at least one goal to have any hope of going through to the next round. Of course, Mikel Arteta’s team must do this without conceding a goal. A 1-1 scoreline on Thursday night is the only result at 90 minutes that would see the tie go into extra-time and possibly penalties. Can Slavia Prague kill another British footballing giant?
Slavia Prague vs Arsenal Betting Odds
Slavia Prague are unbeaten in 22 straight games in all competitions. Seventeen of those 22 matches ended in wins for Slavia Prague, including two games in the Europa League knockout rounds. After drawing 1-1 with Arsenal at the Emirates in the Europa League quarterfinal first leg, Slavia Prague defeated Sparta Prague in the capital city derby 2-0.
Leading sportsbooks have Slavia Prague as the underdogs going into the game on Thursday night. They are at odds of 19/5 to win the match versus Arsenal and progress to the semifinals. An Arsenal goal will cancel out the away goal advantage Slavia Prague possess going into the game. For every goal the Gunners score, the Czechs will need to score twice to progress.
Arsenal are favourites at odds of 4/5 to win the match in Prague. The Gunners followed up their 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague in the Europa League with a weekend 3-0 win over Sheffield United in the Premier League. Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for the Gunners and leads the team in goals with 15 in all competitions. Although the club are trying to re-sign Lacazette, there is no guarantee he will remain at the club for next term.
Slavia Prague bagged home draws in the previous Europa League rounds. The teams are at odds of 14/5 to finish in a stalemate on Thursday night in the capital.
Slavia Prague vs Arsenal Team News
Arteta has several injuries going into the game on Thursday night. David Luiz has a knee injury and isn’t expected back until May at the earliest. Luiz underwent a minor knee surgery to fix the issue. Left-back Kieran Tierney is ruled out of the game due to a knee ligament injury.
The manager is sweating the fitness of forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international was under the weather in recent days and unable to train. Attacking midfielders Emile Smith-Rowe and Martin Odergaard are doubts at the moment. Smith-Rowe has a sprained ankle. Odergaard played at the weekend but is overcoming a foot/ankle issue.
Slavia Prague have three players on the injury list heading into the game. Midfielder Ondrej Kudela is nursing a nose injury. He could make the squad for the game. Defender Simon Deli is recovering from a positive COVID-19 test. Midfielder David Hovorka could miss the game due to a knee issue.
Slavia Prague are led in goals by midfielder Abdallah Sima. He has 15 goals and four assists for the Czechs in all competitions. Forward Jan Kuchta has 14 goals with five assists in all competitions. Holes, who scored in the first leg versus Arsenal, has five goals and three assists in all competitions. The Czech team went two-to-two with Arsenal in the first leg tallying 10 shots and four on target to Arsenal’s 11 shots and two on target. Slavia Prague tallied 45% possession.
Slavia Prague vs Arsenal Prediction
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The first leg was a defensive masterclass until the final four minutes when both teams found the back of the net. Arsenal must score at least one goal and not concede to go through to the semifinals. If Arsenal score, it should bring Slavia Prague out of their shell to score goals. Slavia Prague have scored in each of their last three Europa League knockout stage games.
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Arsenal have won just two of their four Europa League knockout stage matches. They are ripe for the picking for Slavia Prague, but Arsenal do have strong attacker talent tha can power them to the semifinals. Lacazette is in great form going into the game. He scored two more goals at the weekend and now, has 15 goals in 37 matches in all competitions.
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A goal for either team changes the complexion of the game. One goal for Slavia Prague or Arsenal will draw out the other team and force them to attack. Slavia Prague have reached the semifinals by keeping the scoreline of their knockout stage games low. Two of Arsenal’s five Europa League knockout matches finished with over 2.5 goals scored.
The Gunners must score to overturn Slavia Prague’s slim advantage. A goal puts the away goal rule in their favour. Slavia Prague have been the giant-killers of the Europa League to this point. Don’t sleep on Slavia Prague on Thursday night at home. This is their biggest game in Europe of all-time.
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