Kick-off: 2000, 03/10/2019
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Academy graduates Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka shone as Arsenal began their Europa League campaign with an impressive 3-0 victory at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt.
Standard Liege, who are second in the Belgian league, also made a winning start as they beat Portuguese Liga side Vitoria SC 2-0.
Punters can get 17/10 for a home win and both teams to score and that is our opening Arsenal vs Standard Liege prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
After defeat to Premier League rivals Chelsea in last year’s final, Arsenal overcame a difficult assignment against Frankfurt, who reached the semi-finals last season.
Willock and Saka, as well as Emile Smile Rowe, were the youngsters given a chance to impress and the former opened the scoring in the first half.
Saka then doubled the advantage with a fine finish before laying on a late third for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Both second-half goals came after Frankfurt midfielder Dominik Kohr was sent off as the German side suffered their first European home defeat since 2006.
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery was full of praise for his young players, saying: “Their performance was good and they deserve it.
“Maybe with his (Saka’s) goal, with his performance, but also in the match taking confidence, finishing really strongly physically.
“And also with Emile, after his injury he played for the first time this season and he worked well. Willock also, progressively he was feeling better and with a good performance.”
Arsenal have won all four previous meetings with the Belgian side, winning by an aggregate of 15-2.
Looking at the Arsenal vs Standard Liege odds, we like 3/2 for a home win and over 3.5 goals.
A Look At Standard Liege’s Betting Odds
A third-placed finish in the Belgian league was enough to seal a sixth campaign in the Europa League group stages for Standard Liege.
Despite a quarter-final appearance in the 2009/10 season, having dropped down from the Champions League, Liege have only once gone beyond this point during that time.
Last term they won all three home games in their group but picked up just one point from three fixtures on their travels, with Sevilla and Krasnodar advancing with 12 points.
Vitoria, who failed to concede a goal in six games in qualifying, were finally breached when Mergim Vojvoda’s cross was deflected in by Florent Hanin in the 66th minute before Paul-Jose M’Poku added a second.
Liege sit second behind Club Brugge in their domestic league but both of their defeats came on the road, while Arsenal were unbeaten at home in this competition last term.
It could be a long night in London for the visitors so we will complete our Arsenal vs Standard Liege betting tips by going for a 3-1 home win at 19/2.
Last Europa League result:
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 ARSENAL – Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
STANDARD LIEGE 2-0 Vitoria – Florent Hanin (og), Paul-Jose M’Poku
Head-to-head: Arsenal 2-0 Standard Liege, Standard Liege 2-3 Arsenal, Standard Liege 0-7 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-0 Standard Liege
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