Welcome to my Benfica Vs Arsenal Match Prediction and free betting tips post, I know a lot of you like reading these so I decided to add a bonus one for tonight’s Europa League match.
This is the 1st leg and its imperative for the gunners to get a good start, Benfica failed to beat Rangers twice in their group, but that being said the ‘Eagles’ have never lost a UEL home clash against opposition from a top-five European league (W10, D2), they like to score first and lead by one goal at HT as this has happened in four of the last five games within their unbeaten run.
Arsenal lost here last time they played Benfica away 2-1, that being said the gunners are on a good run themselves with 5 wins and a draw from their last 6 European League matches.
Lack Of Goals On The Cards Tonight?
Benfica has been averaging about 2.5 goals a game recently in the Europa League games, whilst Arsenal have also been free-scoring in the build-up to this, the fear is that both sides could cancel each other out.
I however feel this match could have a lot of goals in it and you wouldn’t really want to be betting on under 2.5 goals here with any confidence.
With both sides conceding an average of one goal in their last 3 home and away games respectively whilst scoring a combined 19 goals in 6 games (3 home Europa League games for Benfica and 3 away Europa League games for Arsenal).
I can see this being a goal-fest, to be honest, I could be way off but Arsenal always seems to falter when they need a victory the most and I have a preference for a Benfica win here too.
Jan Vertonghen the ex spurs defender will be looking forward to a chance at shutting out Arsenal’s attack and he could play a pivotal role in keeping Benfica in the game if Arsenal continues scoring as they have in previous matches in this competition.
Aubameyang is obviously the one to watch going forward for Arsenal and his confidence will be high after his hat trick in the premier league last week against Leeds.
What does the past meeting history say?
In their last 5 meetings with Benfica, Arsenal has won 2, drawn 2, and lost just 1, two of those games were in the Emirates Cup where Arsenal scored 5 goals both times winning 5-2 and 5-1 respectively.
The bookies rightfully have Arsenal as favourites but I am not sure they can win against a free-scoring Benfica at their home ground tonight.
My free Football tips for the Benfica Vs Arsenal Match
With Benfica scoring so many goals in the lead-up to this match, I see them putting out Arsenal’s hopes of a win relatively quickly possibly before halftime, I can, however, see Arsenal giving a good account of themselves, and both teams scoring looks a given here.
Team to win prediction: Benfica to win
Correct score prediction : 3-2
Over/Under 2.5 goals prediction : Over 2.5
Anytime Goalscorer Prediction : Aubameyang
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