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Benfica vs Arsenal Predictions & Tips - Value on Arsenal in the Europa League

  • Benfica vs Arsenal predictions for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League match
  • The game is being played at 8pm GMT at Stadio Olimpico
  • Arsenal have won by 2+ goals in their last 5 Europa League matches
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Arsenal beat Benfica 5-1 at the 2014 Emirates Cup (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 16 Feb 2021
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Benfica vs Arsenal Predictions


Benfica and Arsenal have seen many high scoring matches in the UEFA Europa League. With Benfica lacking confidence and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in top form, there is value on Arsenal winning in Rome. 

  • Benfica have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 8 matches (UEFA Europa League).
  • Benfica have seen over 3.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Europa League).
  • Arsenal have won their last 6 matches (UEFA Europa League).
  • Arsenal have won by 2+ goals in their last 5 matches (UEFA Europa League).
  • Arsenal have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 matches (UEFA Europa League).
  • Arsenal have seen over 4.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches (UEFA Europa League).

Head to Head


Benfica and Arsenal have met twice in competitive matches, both ending in 1-1 draws.

They both occurred in the 1991/92 European Champion Clubs' Cup, Benfica advancing in extra time in the second leg.

Benfica have faced Arsenal in three friendlies since 2011, winning 2-1 before 5-1 and 5-2 defeats at the Emirates Cup.

Benfica Form


Benfica find themselves 11 points behind Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga. The Eagles have been below their best in recent weeks, winning 3 of their last 9 matches in all competitions.

Jorge Jesus’ side won 2-0 at home against struggling Famalicao before a 3-1 win at second division club Estoril in the Portuguese Cup. 

Benfica’s last match was a 1-1 draw at Moreirense with Haris Seferovic s opening the scoring. It was another disappointing result after having 65% possession and 18-8 shots.

Benfica Injuries & Team News


Benfica have recovered from a recent corona virus outbreak. 

Centre back Jardel and right back André Almeida remain out injured.

Attacking midfielder Pizzi and forward Gian-Luca Waldschmidt came off the bench against Moreirense and should start here.

Expect goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos to return to the starting side.

Arsenal Form


Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League after an inconsistent season. The Gunners drew 0-0 against Manchester United before two straight defeats.

Mikel Arteta’s side lost 2-1 at Wolves after David Luiz and Bernd Leno got sent off. Arsenal then lost 1-0 at Aston Villa after conceding in the 2nd minute.

Arsenal’s last match was a 4-2 home win against Leeds. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to the starting side and made it count with a hat-trick, Hector Bellerin also getting his name on the score sheet.

Arsenal Injuries & Team News


Arsenal left back and defensive midfielder Thomas Partey are unlikely to recover from injury in time to face Benfica.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picked up a knock against Leeds but should start here after his hat-trick on Sunday.

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Verdict

Arsenal won all six matches in the Europa League group stage, the last five by 2+ goals. The Gunners can beat a Benfica side struggling against top clubs.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals Total Goals @-125.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Arsenal Win Full Time Result @142.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units
Value Bet: Arsenal Win & Over 2.5 Win & Total Goals @260.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Arsenal Win 3-1 Correct Score @1800.0 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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