EUROPA LEAUGE (Arsenal v Benfica)

Arsenal face an in form Benfica who are currently on a 4 game unbeaten run against Vitoria, Famalicao, Estoril Praia and Moreirense. They will be looking for there first European trophy under Mikel Arteta who has bagged them an FA Cup trophy and Community Shield at his first season at Arsenal which really did make the fans excited. To be very short lived the next season breaking the worst start to the season since 1993. Many fans called for his head, but he managed to steady the boat with a great 3-1 win over Chelsea on the 26th of December. Only loosing twice in the last 3 weeks to Aston Villa in a 1-0 defeat and 2-1 win loss to Wolves FC in a very controversial match.

Getting into the football between the two teams in decent form both teams are very much equal. From having Aubameyang and Lacazette on 8 goals for Arsenal to Benfica’s Seferovic and Waldschmidt also on 8 goals this season. This will be a tough test for both teams but realistically speaking Arsenal have more fire power going up from Bukayo Saka their English star boy on the right hand side to there record signing on the left where he looks to be gaining recent form after coming from France with a 72 million pound price tag and not showing much for it. But Benfica do have there own playmakers from the likes of Darwin who currently has 8 assists in 30 match’s and an attacking midfielder in Rafa who has 6 goals and 6 assists in 30 games which is decent for an attacking midfielder.

Where the competitiveness off the leagues show there differences are that Arsenal gave 34 points and are 10th but Benfica had 4 more and are in 4th in the Primeira Liga. I am leaning towards Arsenal winning both legs just simply for the fact Aubameyang has found form scoring a hattrick and Arsenal will be more dominant and physical due to the nature of the Premier League.

Score prediction (1st leg): 3-1 to Arsenal

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