|ARS (-125) @ pinnacle|
10* Arsenal (3:00 ET): The first leg of this quarterfinal was a 1-1 draw as Slavia Prague was able to get a stoppage time equalizer after Arsenal opened the scoring in the 86th minute and seemingly had the match won. That precious away goal by Slavia puts some pressure on the Gunners here as they will now need either a win here or a draw with at least two goals scored. I believe they are likely to get the win against their overmatched opponent the second time around.
Now I’m not saying it will be easy as Slavia Prague is unbeaten in its last 23 matches across all competitions and has yet to lose here at home this season. They have 11 wins and two draws here in Prague, although it should be pointed out that both times they failed to win, it was against an English side. Arsenal is unbeaten in its last six away matches, including a 3-0 win at Sheffield United over the weekend where they looked especially dominant.
Now Sheffield United is the last place side in the Premier League and nowhere near the test that Slavia Prague will be. But keep in mind the Czech side, as dominant as they’ve been, does not face the caliber of competition that Arsenal regularly faces in the EPL. Because they are 9th in the EPL table with little chance of catching the top five, winning this year’s Europa League seems like the only viable path for the Gunners to continue their streak of playing European football next season. I like them to get it done (today). 10* Arsenal