Chris Bland (@blandc_1996) previews Arsenal v Vitoria and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s Europa League Clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Arsenal v Vitoria Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 24/10/19
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: Emirates Stadium
- Channel: BT Sport 2
Arsenal host Vitoria Guimaraes as they look to bounce back from defeat against Sheffield United on Monday, as pressure begins to build on Unai Emery after a lacklustre performance. The exclusion of Mesut Ozil from the matchday squad once again has come under scrutiny, and the German could be part of a much changed side from Monday night.
Arsenal have impressed in the Europa League this season, dispatching Frankfurt (3-0) and Standard Liege (4-0) in their opening two games, and a similar story wouldn’t be a surprise as Emery looks to rotate his side. Two goals from teenage striker Gabriel Martinelli put Arsenal on their way to a comprehensive victory last time out, and victory once again at the Emirates would put them a step closer to qualification.
Vitoria come into the game having lost their opening two Europa League group stage games, which is particularly worrying given the comprehensive nature of Arsenal’s victories so far this season. Opening with a 2-0 defeat against Liege, before being overcome 1-0 by Frankfurt at home last time out, they are without a goal and the signs are ominous for their trip to the Emirates. A defeat would almost guarantee the Portuguese sides early exit from the competition, so could find themselves with nothing to lose if behind.
Currently sat 4th in their domestic league, they have only lost once all season domestically in the Liga NOS, and come into the game on the back of a three game winning streak. However, they were defeated on penalties by Sintra Football in the Taca de Portugal on Saturday, and it could be a long evening for Ivo Vieira’s side.
Alexandre Lacazette is expected to step up his return to the first team with a start on Thursday night. Emile Smith-Rowe is a doubt, whilst Reiss Nelson has been ruled out
Vitoria could be without nine first team players for the trip to London.
Potential Arsenal Starting XI: Martinez; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney; Ceballos, Torreira, Maitland-Niles; Willock, Martinelli, Lacazette
Potential Vitoria Starting XI: Silva; Soares, Tapsoba, Henrique, Hanin; Edwards, Poha, Pepe, Evangelista, Davidson; Bonatini
Head To Head
- This is the first meeting between the two sides.
Key Stats & Facts
- Vitoria are without a goal in their opening two Europa League Games.
- Davidson and Edmond Tapsoba lead the scoring charts in the league for Vitoria, with two goals apiece.
- Vitoria have racked up 19YC/2RC in 7 domestic games this season; this has dropped to 3YC in 2 games in the Europa League.
- Referee Serdar Gozubuyuk has officiated seven Eredivise games this season, averaging 2.86 yellow cards per game and no reds.
- Arsenal 2/7
- Draw 21/4
- Vitoria 25/2
After Monday nights poor performance, Arsenal come into the game with a point to prove. Emery will look to rotate his side once again, offering a chance for the likes of Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin to impress, whilst French striker Alexandre Lacazette should step up his return from injury with a start.
The introduction of Bellerin and Tierney at full back will have a massive impact on the way Arsenal play for good, and will look to provide a much more forward-thinking option than Chambers in particular provided on Monday night. They will be able to provide the width, allowing the wide players of Arsenal to drift inside and cause Vitoria problems at the back, particularly with overloads going forward.
With Vitoria undergoing an injury crisis of their own, they will potentially look to keep the score down to a respectable number. It is a worrying sign for Vitoria given the comprehensive nature of Arsenal’s win over Liege that they were beaten in their opening game by the Belgians, and it is hard to see past a similar score line once again in the English capital.
Creativity shouldn’t be a problem for this young Arsenal side, and with the likes of Martinelli and Lacazette expected to start, they will relish the opportunity to impress once again ahead of Sunday’s game against Palace. Priced at 8/11 (Betway), Arsenal and Over 2.5 goals takes my fancy.
Looking to return to the side and force his manager’s hand ahead of Palace’s visit on Sunday, Lacazette looks well priced to score anytime against the injury stricken Portuguese side. With the supply line behind him, in particular Spaniard Dani Ceballos who impressed in the previous game against Liege, and the Frenchman potentially on penalties, Lacazette to score anytime appeals at 1/1 (Bet365), and is as short as 4/6 in other places.