Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

The gunners host The Leões after an exciting first leg in Lisbon in the round of 16 second leg at Emirates.

Arsenal and Sporting are two football clubs with a long track record and passionate fans. While they may not have faced each other often in the past, their 2018/19 Europa League encounter was unforgettable for both clubs. After meeting in a thrilling 2-2 first leg draw in the 2022/23 season, it’s now time for the second leg in the Emirates.

Arsenal is one of the most successful clubs in English football history, having won 13 league titles, 14 FA Cups and 2 League Cups. They also have a strong European record. Sporting, on the other hand, is one of Portugal’s “Big Three” alongside Benfica and Porto. They have won 19 league titles, 16 Portuguese cups and 8 Portuguese Super Cups. The club was also successful in European competitions. Despite being from different countries and with different playing styles, Arsenal and Sporting share a commitment to attacking football and a passionate fanbase. Arsenal are known for their quick passing and fluid attacking moves, while Sporting are known for their technical ability and attacking flair.


Thursday, 03/16/2023; 20:00 (CET)

Friday, 03/17/2023; 1:30 a.m. (ACTUAL)

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players to watch

Arsenal: Bukayo Saka

The winger has been a standout player for the Gunners this season, already scoring 11 goals and providing 9 assists. Due to his exceptional speed and dribbling skills, he is a difficult player for defenders to contain and is expected to cause problems for the Sporting defenders. Additionally, he has scored three goals in his last five games and his performance will be crucial to Arsenal’s success. He was a key player in Arsenal’s win over Fulham in their recent EPL draw.

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Sporting CP: Pedro Goncalves

Pedro Goncalves is without question Sporting CP’s most impressive player. Goncalves is by far the most important player for Sporting and has contributed to 18 goals. He helped Sporting CP a lot in their last encounter with Arsenal and was a big threat for the Gunners. He looks forward to adding more goals to his tally. He is a versatile player who can play in multiple positions, including as an attacking midfielder, winger or striker. He’s a creative player who enjoys taking on defenders and has great dribbling skills. He will be a player to watch out for.

match facts

  • Sporting have not won their last nine away games against English teams.
  • Arsenal have been without a win in their last three home games in the UEFA Europa League finals.
  • Sporting have lost 21 of their last 22 two-legged playoff games after failing to win their first home game at a major European tournament.
  • In nine home games against Portuguese sides in all European competitions, Arsenal have lost just once.

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Team and Injury News

Gabriel Jesus is close to making a comeback but won’t be fit for this game, while Mohamed Elneny has had knee surgery and will be out for a while. Trossard is fit again in this second leg against Ro16. On the other hand, Sporting’s Daniel Braganca is suffering from a cruciate ligament injury that has long been a concern for the team. Both teams have very few injury concerns and it will be a good game on a Thursday night.

Head-to-head statistics

Games: 5

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Athletic CP: 0

Armory: 2

Draw: 3

Expected Lineups

Expected Arsenal line-up (4-3-3)

Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Oleksandar Zinchenko; Martin Ødegaard, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, and Gabriel Martinelli

Estimated line-up of Sporting CP (3-4-3)

Antonio Adam; Ousmane Diomande, Sebastian Coates, Goncalo Inácio; Ricardo Esgaio, Hidemasa Morita, Manuel Ugarte, Nuno Santos; Marcus Edwards, Pedro Gonçalves, Paulinho

game prediction

Overall, Arsenal and Sporting are two great clubs with a long track record and passionate supporters. While they don’t play each other often, their Europa League encounter was a reminder of the quality and excitement both teams can bring to the pitch. Arsenal are expected to control the ball, take a narrow win in this game and ultimately win based on their recent home league results and the caliber of their players.

Forecast: Arsenal 2 – 1 Sporting CP


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