Arsenal VS Vitória de Guimarães Prediction: Europa League Match On 24.10.2019
Arsenal face Vitória de Guimarães at the Emirates Stadium next Thursday as the Gunners look to maintain their 100% record during this season’s group stage.
Following the failure to qualify for the Champions League last season, Arsenal are featuring in the Europa League for a third year in a row.
Vitoria have qualified for the Europa League group stage for the second time in three years after finishing fifth in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Vitoria have made a strong start to the new season and are currently fourth in their domestic league, but find themselves bottom of group F,while Arsenal are third in the Premier League.
Arsenal will be hoping to welcome back Alexandre Lacazette, who has been out for the last four weeks with ankle injury, while Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding will likely continue their reintroduction into regular football after long term injuries.
There will also likely be starts for promising young players Gabriel Martinelli and Joe Willock, but Reiss Nelson is out with an ankle issue.
For Vitoria, former Tottenham academy player Marcus Edwards could be set for a return to north London after he joined over the summer.
Edwards played 90 minutes during Vitoria’s 1-0 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the last round of Europa League fixtures.
The Gunners have played their best football of the season in the cup competitions this season, with impressive 3-0 and 4-0 wins over Frankfurt and Standard Liege.
While the trip to the Emirates will certainly be a tough ask for Vitoria, they have shown promise during the tournament so far and can perhaps count themselves slightly unlucky to have lost both games so far.
If they want to qualify for the knockout stages they will need to win in north London, so there will be plenty of motivation, but given how Arsenal have performed in this tournament so far it could be a step too far.
Therefore, expect to see the Arsenal youngsters look to put on another show in front of their home fans and run out 3-1 winners.