Kick-off: 2000, 08/11/2018
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: BT Sport
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What Trueform says for Arsenal vs Sporting
Arsenal put in a controlled performance to beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in Portugal in the Europa League and should confirm their superiority at Emirates Stadium.
Sporting did not manage a shot on target at Estadio Jose Alvalade, where the Gunners enjoyed 67 per cent of the possession.
Those stats make 13/10 for Unai Emery’s side to dominate and win to nil again in the return fixture an obvious Arsenal vs Sporting prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal took a while to get going in Lisbon and a cagey goalless stalemate looked on the cards at half-time.
However, they upped the tempo after the break, going close on several occasions before Danny Welbeck pounced on a Sebastian Coates error for the decisive strike.
Welbeck earlier had a header ruled out for foul play and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced keeper Renan Ribeiro to make a couple of saves.
The Gunners have since reached the EFL Cup quarter-finals and showed plenty of spirit in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, extending their unbeaten run to 14 games, including 12 wins.
“There’s a really good team chemistry here and a winning mentality,” said defender Rob Holding.
“We’re not losing and we’ll keep fighting until the end. We never give up, we’ll keep going and get what we deserve.”
It is worth noting, though, that of Arsenal’s 38 goals in all competitions, 27 have come in the second half.
A Look At Sporting Lisbon’s Betting Odds
Sporting took a very cautious approach to the first meeting, opting to defend deep and try to launch the occasional counter-attack.
Wing-back Marcos Acuna produced lots of energy and former Manchester United star Nani showed glimpses of his talent, but it was a tame effort overall.
The visitors are still well placed to qualify for the knockout rounds following previous wins over Qarabag and Vorskla Poltava, with Jovane Cabral scoring in both matches.
However, they were unable to match the intensity of their Premier League opponents and we’re adding 13/2 for a 2-0 win for the Gunners to our Arsenal vs Sporting betting tips.
ARSENAL 1-1 Liverpool – Alexandre Lacazette
Santa Clara 1-2 SPORTING – Bas Dost (pen), Marcos Acuna
Head-to-head: Sporting 0-1 Arsenal
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