ARS vs BEN Dream11: Arsenal will be back in action later tonight as they take on Benfica for the second leg of the Round of 32 in the Europa League. The tie hangs in the balance, as the first leg ended with a 1-1 score line. It was Pizzi who got the goal for the Portuguese club, while, Bukayo Saka bagged an all important away goal in the process. The domestic season has pretty much been a disappointing one for Arsenal as they are 11 points shy of a spot in the top four. However, Mikel Arteta and his men still could book a berth in the Champions League provided they go the distance in the Europa. As for Benfica, they are in at 3rd with 39 points, and still have plenty to play for in the Preimeia Liga. Nevertheless, they too will be eying silverware and getting the better of the Gunners could add further wind to their sails. With that being said, here is the ARS vs BEN Dream 11 Prediction for the upcoming fixture.
Date: Thursday, February 24
Kick-Off:11:25 pm (ist)
Venue: Karaiskakis Stadium
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Head to Head
From the last four meetings between the two sides, it’s Arsenal who have got the edge with two wins in contrast to Benfica’s one win. One game has also ended on level terms in the process.
ARS vs BEN Prediction ARS vs BEN Starting XI
Injury Report and Unavailability: Rob Holding is ruled out due to an injury, while, Thomas Partey will be assessed prior to kick off.
Expected Changes: Bernd Leno should be starting in at goal, while, Tierney, Magalhaes, David Luiz and Cedric Soares could line up in defence. Granit Xhaka and Ceballos could partner along in central midfield. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Nicloas Pepe should feature out wide. Emile Smith Rowe is expected to start in at number 10, while, Alexandre Lacazette could lead the attack up front. They can be added to the ARS vs BEN Dream 11 Prediction side.
Arsenal Starting XI (likely)
E S Rowe
Benfica Team News
Injury Report and Unavailability: Jardel and Andre Almeida are on the sidelines due to injury.
Expected Changes: Helton Leite should be starting in between the sticks, while, Verissimo, Otamendi and Vertonghan could line up as the back three in defence. Digo Goncalves and Griamaldo are likely to start as wing backs. Pizzi, Weigl and Taarabt are expected to occupy the midfield region. Darwin Nunez and Waldschmidt are in contention to lead the charge up top.
Benfica Starting XI (likely)
ARS vs BEN Today Match Prediction: Who will win ARS vs BEN Dream11 Match today
Both sides have a fair amount of quality in their respective squads and we can expect a closely contested affair. However, the AR vs BEN Today Match Prediction odds are in favor of Arsenal to nick the win here with the flair they have on the offence.
Bukayo Saka has bagged six goals and three assists from 25 appearances in the Premier League and Europa League combined. He has been one of the standouts of the season for the North Londoners, and is expected to start.
Darwin Nunez can play a pivotal role in the attacking front for Benfica. Nunez has four goals and six assists from 19 appearances in the league this season.
Alexandre Lacazette has netted eight goals and two assists from 21 appearances in the league this season for Arsenal and is expected to start.
Alejandro Grimaldo has bagged two goals, four assists and also has a pass accuracy of 84% from 17 appearances in the league this season.
ARS vs BEN Dream11 Teams
Goalkeeper- B Leno
Defenders- G Magalhaes, D Luiz, N Otamendi, J Vertonghen
Midfielders- B Saka, E S Rowe, J Weigl, Pizzi
Forwards- P Aubameyang, L Wakdschmidt