Arsenal vs Sporting CP - Europa League: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction
It's all to play for on Thursday as Arsenal host Sporting CP in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 clash.
Last week's meeting between these two in Portugal ended 2-2 and so, with no away goals these days, it's a real winner-takes-all affair as two of Europe's most famous sides battle for a spot in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Arsenal head into this one having thumped Fulham 3-0 last time out, but Sporting are full of confidence themselves after matching that scoreline at home to Boavista.
Here's all you need to know about the game.
Where are Arsenal vs Sporting CP playing?
- Location: London, England
- Stadium: Emirates Stadium
- Date: Thursday 16 March
- Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT / 16:00 ET / 13:00 PT
- Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
- VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Arsenal vs Sporting CP H2H Results
- Arsenal: 2 wins
- Sporting CP: 0 wins
- Draws: 3
Current Form (Last Five Games)
- Arsenal: WWWDW
- Sporting CP: WWWDW
How to watch Arsenal vs Sporting CP on TV and live stream
Television Channel/Live Stream
BT Sport 2 / BTSport.com
Paramount+ / TUDN
Arsenal team news
Mikel Arteta will likely continue his European rotation that will see the likes of Fabio Vieira and Takehiro Tomiyasu return to Arsenal's starting lineup, although the boss may keep more of his starters around in anticipation of a tricky game. With Crystal Palace on the cards at the weekend, it's a risk he can afford to take.
In terms of fitness issues, Eddie Nketiah's ankle injury continues to be problematic and Mohamed Elneny is also out for the season.
Arteta had ruled both Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Jesus out of the Fulham game, only for both players to feature - the former even started - so the Spaniard's team updates evidently must be taken with a pinch of salt.
Arsenal predicted lineup vs Sporting CP
Arsenal predicted lineup (4-3-3): Turner; Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Jorginho, Partey, Vieira; Saka, Trossard, Smith Rowe
Sporting CP team news
Midfielder Hidemasa Morita, who scored the own goal last week, will not get the chance to atone for his mistake as he is suspended. But his place in midfield will instead be taken by the returning Manuel Ugarte, whose own ban is now over.
Centre-back Sebastian Coates is also suspended, while former Gunner Hector Bellerin will likely be denied a reunion because of a knee injury.
Sporting CP predicted lineup vs Arsenal
Sporting CP predicted lineup (3-4-3): Adan; St. Juste, Inacio, Reis; Esgaio, Ugarte, Goncalves, Santos; Edwards, Paulinho, Trincao
Arsenal vs Sporting CP score prediction
Arsenal aren't defending all too well recently and Arteta's European changes won't exactly help that cause, so Sporting will expect to find the back of the net at least once.
The pressure is on the Gunners, who know they cannot afford to be as laboured as they were during the first leg, and Arteta will know that. His starting lineup may be a little stronger and he'll definitely be happier to turn to the bench if needed.
Home advantage should also give Arsenal the edge here against a Sporting side who have conceded nearly twice as many goals on their travels this season (25) as they have at home (14).
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Sporting CP