We simulated Sporting Lisbon vs Arsenal to get a Europa League score prediction

Arsenal’s Europa League knockout campaign begins on Thursday when the Gunners take on Sporting Lisbon in the round of 16.

After five wins and one defeat in the Europa League group stage, Arsenal automatically qualified for the round of 16 draw, meaning they were not involved in the Round of 32 matches that took place last month. Sporting Lisbon were eliminated from the Champions League meaning they had to beat Denmark’s Midtjylland to secure their place in the last 16 and set up a tasty draw against the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta’s side go into the duel with one of their biggest wins of the season so far. Reiss Nelson was instrumental in Arsenal beating Bournemouth 3-2 in the Premier League, two goals down. The Gunners last met Sporting five years ago in the Europa League group stage, winning 1-0 away before drawing 0-0 at the Emirates.

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So, could Arsenal draw first blood in the Europa League round of 16? Let’s take a look.

Result of Sporting Lisbon vs Arsenal predicted by simulation

To complete this simulation we used FIFA 23 and updated the teams with the latest injuries and suspensions. Sporting Lisbon stadium is not available in FIFA 23, so the game was played at Emirates Stadium.

We predict that the hosts could play in a 3-4-2-1 formation with the following formation: Adam; Diomande, Coates, Inácio; Esgaio, Ugarte, Morita, Santos; Pote, Edwards; Chermiti.

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Arsenal’s predicted XI vs Sporting(Image: EA SPORTS FIFA)

We predict the Gunners could be set up in a 4-3-3 formation with the following line-up: lathe; Tomiyasu, Holding, Kiwior, Zinchenko; Jorginho, Vieira, Xhaka; Nelson, Martinelli, Smith Rowe.

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