Arsenal hosts Slavia Prague in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals. The match will be played on Thursday, April 8th at Emirates Stadium (London)
Arsenal have not won in their last three matches. In this segment, the Gunners lost to Olympiacos in the second leg of the Europa League (0-1), shared points with West Ham (3-3), and lost to Liverpool (0-3). Arteta's team looked especially bad in the match against the Reds. Arsenal possessed the ball 36% of the match and delivered only three shots on goal. In terms of the overall danger of the created chances, the Londoners have deserved only 0.2 of the expected goal scored. At the same time, Arsenal barely held back the attacks of Liverpool. The Gunners allowed the opponent to take the ball, move the game to half of their field and deliver 16 shots on goal (nine of them from outside the box). In terms of overall danger of chances, Liverpool have amassed 2.4 of the expected goal scored. Arsenal's performance was influenced by the injuries of important players such as defender David Luis, midfielders Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Granita Xhaka. After the match, Arteta denied that the absence of these players played a key role in the defeat, but the coach's tactics refuted his words.
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Slavia did not suffer a single defeat in the current Czech Championship. Over 25 matches, the team chalked up 20 wins and 5 draws. Slavia is leading in the national championship, outranking the closest pursuer by 14 points. And the Red-Whites perform well in the Europa League. In 10 games, the Prague club gained six victories, tied two times, and suffered two defeats. The team has not lost in the last four matches of the tournament (two victories and two draws). In the last round, Slavia knocked out the Scottish Rangers (1-1 at home and 0-2 away). The Czech club knows how to play tough – it can seize the initiative in possession, counter-press, and punish for mistakes. The Red-Whites often finish their attacks with the shots from outside the box, but this does not make them less dangerous - two of three goals against Glasgow Rangers were scored after long-range shots.
Slavia defends in a 4-1-4-1 formation, and it is quite difficult to breach such a tight defense, especially since the Czechs are always ready to take advantage of a mistake and start a quick counterattack. Arsenal's roster will determine its scoring indicators, but the likelihood that the Gunners will concede themselves will be high even in the case of an optimal lineup. Arsenal rarely concedes many goals but allows its opponents to score at least once quite often. Slavia has scored in eight out of ten Europa League games and will probably continue its scoring trend.
Prediction for the match: Slavia Prague to score over 0.5 goals