Standard Liege vs Arsenal Match Preview
The woes of Arsenal seem to have no end in sight. They are the current toppers of this group, but could end up losing it considering how other teams in the same cluster are performing. The fact that the Gunners defeated this same opposition 4-0 in the reverse encounter, does give hope to fans.
Standard Liege vs Arsenal Head-to-head (h2h)
Arsenal hold a 100% winning record against this opponent.
Standard Liege have conceded a total of 19 goals from the previous five meetings, and in return, they have conceded just two.
The Gunners won the reverse encounter at home, with a scoreline of 4-0.
The last meeting at this venue ended in 2-3 win for Arsenal, while the one before that had come in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup fixture in 1993. Then, Standard Liege lost at home, 0-7.
Standard Liege vs Arsenal Prediction
Liege were on the road the last match-day in the competition, and they had taken on Guimaraes. Then, with the aid of home advantage, the former held the Belgians to a 1-1 draw.
In the same while, Arsenal were subjected to a humiliating loss at home by Frankfurt. While the scoreline seemed modest, the loss helped extend the worrying run of the Gunners for another match-day. It must pain the fans that the English outfit had a 1-0 lead at home. Later though, the Germans scored twice in the second half to secure the win.
This Thursday, consider the fact that Arsenal are at the top of the table, being chased by Frankfurt in the second spot with nine points, and by Liege in the third spot with seven points.
As such, a draw or loss could see Frankfurt take the English outfit's place at the top, and a 5-0 win or better by the Belgians this Thursday could completely take out Freddie Ljunberg's men from progressing to the next stage.
Therefore, Arsenal need a win to end up toppers, and should avoid a huge loss in order to end up as runners-up at the least.
But the fact they are going through one of their worst runs in recent history could act against them. The team has not won a single game in their last nine attempts, and this stretch even resulted in Unai Emery being sacked.
Moreover, the Gunners have conceded two or more goals in their last five matches, and were also winless in 11 of their preceding 13 away encounters. On top of that, they conceded twice or more in three of their former four games on the road as well.
Meanwhile, Standard Liege are unbeaten in their previous five overall fixtures, and were so in 14 of their preceding 15 at home. Impressively, they also managed to win 14 of their prior 16 appearances at home.
Consequentially, with the additional aid of the home advantage, Standard Liege are expected to emerge victorious when the Asian Handicap is applied.
However, do note that the Belgians need a huge win to progress. They are required to score at least five goals to get a ticket to the next round, and this desperation could be utilized by Arsenal. One way or another, Liege are going to commit mistakes, and the guests could find the back of the net at least once in the process.
In addition, Arsenal hold a 100% winning record against this opponent. They have scored a total of 19 goals from the last five meetings, and four in the reverse fixture alone.
As a result, BTTS holds a great potential this Thursday to bring returns.
Standard Liege vs Arsenal Betting Tips
Draw No Bet: Arsenal @ 1.50 (1/2)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.50 (1/2).