With both teams leaving it late to find the net recently, Al Hain-Cole expects the action to unfold after the break when the Gunners face Keizer’s men
Arsenal will be aiming to secure their place in the Europa League knockout stages when they welcome Sporting CP to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
The Gunners have won all three of their Group E matches so far, meaning a victory in this one would guarantee they finished top of the pile with two games to spare.
Having secured a 1-0 victory in Lisbon two weeks ago, they are 2/7 (1.29) favourites with bet365 to wrap things up with another win here.
That defeat ended the Leoes’ winning start to this Europa League campaign, although they are priced at 11/1 (12.00) to draw level on points with their opponents by coming out on top in London.
Just one of the guests’ last 15 fixtures in this competition has resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 4/1 (5.00) on them playing out another stalemate in this one.
Matteo Guendouzi is available once again after missing Saturday’s draw against Liverpool through suspension, while Sokratis and Petr Cech will also be hoping to return to action following injury.
Rodrigo Battaglia and Abdoulaye Diaby have joined Stefan Ristovski, Stefano Sturaro, Raphinha and Emiliano Viviano on the sidelines after coming off injured against Santa Clara on Sunday, although Bas Dost has returned to the fold after missing the reverse fixture.
Unai Emery’s men struck late to run out 1-0 winners at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, in what has become something of a habit for them this campaign.
Just nine of the 38 goals they have scored this season have come before the break, with 11 of the most recent 13 fixtures not seeing the majority of goalmouth action until the second period.
Considering Sporting have also seen more goals after half-time in 11 of their previous 12 matches, even odds (2.00) seem a wise investment in most of the action unfolding in the second 45 minutes here.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.