Prediction & odds for the game: Slavia Prague (18/5) v Arsenal (3/4) – ST is backing the away win
When: Thursday, 15th April @ 8pm K.O
Where: Eden Arena
Slavia Prague and Arsenal will meet in their second leg encounter this week with the winner reaching the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.
Controversy outside of football has harmed Slavia Prague in a big way this season, but on the pitch, they’re riding high and they feel unstoppable. Their equaliser in the first leg had many believing they have what it takes to really kick on and put Arsenal to bed in this second leg, and who are we to suggest that can’t happen? Slavia know they have nothing to lose and on Thursday night, they’ll do everything they can to manifest the upset.
Instead of allowing their unbeaten league run to slip through their fingers, Slavia pushed through on Sunday with a huge 2-0 win over Sparta Prague. It extends their lead at the top even further and just reminds us all as to why they’re so feared in the Czech Republic.
While all hope isn’t quite lost in the Premier League for Arsenal, it’s safe to say their big ambition is to go far in the Europa League – and potentially even win it. The Gunners really do need to take a hard look at their season and realise all hope is not lost. Mikel Arteta’s reign as manager will continue to come under some fierce scrutiny but he does feel like the right man for the job, and now he just has to prove it.
Arsenal needed to produce a professional job over the weekend and that’s precisely what they did. They went toe to toe with Sheffield United who, in more ways than one, are just waiting for relegation to be confirmed. It was a tricky assignment given the Blades had nothing to lose but instead of caving, as they’ve done so many times in the past, Arsenal pushed through and secured a really important 3-0 win.
This is going to be a really tense game of football for both teams to navigate their way through, and even though Arsenal have a history of slipping up when it matters the most, we’re actually going to back them to edge out the win here. It’s going to be far too close for comfort and we can even picture a scenario in which they go through in extra time, but our overriding opinion is that it’ll be done and dusted within 90 minutes.
Our official scoreline prediction is 1-0 Arsenal, ensuring we stick to the under 2.5 goals bracket – but it’ll still be a lot of fun.
Verdict: Back the away win at odds of 3/4 and the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/5 (All odds are taken from bet365).
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