Arsenal vs Slavia Prague; Gunners Value to Score 2 against Prague on Thursday
2020-21 UEFA Europa League quarter-final first-leg preview: Arsenal vs Slavia Prague – The Emirates stadium, London – Thursday, 8 April 2021 – 20:00 hrs. BST
Arsenal vs Slavia Prague Preview
Mikel Arteta's Arsenal will look to find their mojo back when they host Slavia Prague at the Emirates for the first leg game of a 2020-21 Europa League quarter final tie.
The Gunners reached the Round of 8 after scraping to a 3-2 aggregate win over Greek club Olympiacos while Prague managed to overcome Rangers to reach to the same stage.
Jindrich Trpisovsky's side, meanwhile, who are yet to taste defeat in 2021, dropped two points in a domestic Czech League outing during the weekend as Zbrojovka Brno held them to a 0-0 draw.
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David Luiz is ruled out with a knee surgery coming up for the Arsenal defender while Kieran Tierney could be sidelined for weeks for an injury he sustained against Liverpool. Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka who failed fitness tests against Liverpool are expected to return for starts for Thursday’s Emirates game.
Granit Xhaka remains in doubt after missing out against Liverpool through illness. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who produced one more lackluster performance during the weekend could well be dropped if one or both of Smith Rowe and Saka were to return.
For Slavia Prague, 34-year-old center-back Ondrej Kudela who has been mired in a racism row, will not feature at the Emirates as he is down with a bout of illness, although a provisional one-match ban handed to him by UEFA would have ruled him out anyway.
Prague look short of options at the back with Simon Deli and David Hovorka also ruled out.
Talented winger Abdallah Sima who already has four Europa League goals to his credit will certainly look to start on Thursday night while eighteen-year-old goalkeeper Matyas Vagner will come in place of first-choice custodian Ondrej Kolar who remains doubtful with a sinus fracture.
Arsenal probable starting XI:
Leno (goal); Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Cedric; Partey, Elneny; Saka, Odegaard, Pepe; Lacazette
Slavia Prague probable starting XI:
Vagner (goal); Bah, Zima, Hromada, Boril; Holes, Sevcik; Sima, Stanciu, Olayinka; Kuchta
Bet365 odds are subject to change and were correct as of 07/04/2021.
- Arsenal to win: 11/20
- Slavia Prague to win: 5/1
- Draw: 16/5
Football betting odds for correct scores below plus our suggested bet
- Arsenal 1-0: 6/1
- Arsenal 2-0: 6/1
- Arsenal 2-1: 15/2 (predicted score line)
- Draw 1-1: 7/1
- Arsenal 3-0: 10/1
- Draw 0-0: 10/1
- Arsenal 3-1: 12/1
- Slavia Prague 1-0: 14/1
- Draw 2-2: 18/1
- Slavia Prague 2-1: 16/1
- Arsenal 4-0: 20/1
- Arsenal 4-1: 22/1
- Arsenal 3-2: 25/1