Arsenal vs Standard Liege Europa League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Arsenal vs Standard Liege Europa League
Arsenal vs Standard Leige Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 4-0.

Arsenal continue their quest for Europa League success against Belgium’s Standard Liege, as Unai Emery continues his quest for a settled, successful side.

Predictions

Beaten finalists in last season’s competition – losing to Premier League rivals Chelsea in the showpiece game – Arsenal got off to an excellent start in arguably their toughest group stage encounter, going to Eintracht Frankfurt and returning with three goals and a clean sheet.

Standard also got off to a winning start in their first group stage encounter, hosting Portugal’s Vitoria Guimaraes and winning 2-0. Having failed to get out of a group containing Sevilla, Krasnodar and Akhisarspor last season, it was a boost to Michel Prued’homme’s men to get three points at the first time of asking.

A Florent Hanin own goal and a late effort from Paul-Jose M’Poku gave the Belgians the win over Vitoria, while it was Joe Willock, Bukayao Sako and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on target for the Gunners in Germany.

Standard travel to London on the back of some decent domestic form, Les Rouges fighting at the top of the Belgian First Division A in the opening weeks. It’s a contrast to Arsenal, who have been inconsistent – last weekend’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa was their first Premier League victory in three games.

Maxime Lestienne and Renaud Emond have been in good goalscoring form for Standard in the first month or so of the season, and will present the biggest threat to Arsenal’s defence. Emery has yet to settle on a favoured back four but has players returning from injury – including Hector Bellerin and summer signing Kieran Tierney, and both could feature.

But even as Standard threaten to make life difficult for the Arsenal defence, the Arsenal attack should have too much for the visitors. Even if Emery doesn’t pick a full-strength XI, there’s enough there for Arsenal to win 3-1.

Betting Tips

Arsenal may have kept a clean sheet in their first European fixture of the season but they’ve had problems defensively too – conceding twice against Watford, having been two goals clear, was a particular lowlight. A mistake in the Gunners’ backline never feels far away, and Standard can capitalise – but it won’t be enough for the victory. 888Sport have Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 21/10.

There have been four goals or more in five of Arsenal’s matches this season, prior to the weekend’s meeting with Manchester United. They’ve won two of them, drawn two and lost the other one, at Liverpool. Getting another win with at least four goals in the game isn’t out of the question and could represent a smart way to go against the top online bookmakers.10Bet have the Arsenal win and over 3.5 goals at 31/20.

Statistics

Head to Head

The most recent meetings between Arsenal and Standard came a decade ago in the Champions League.

Arsenal won both ties – 3-2 in Belgium, coming from two goals down thanks to Nicklas Bendtner, Thomas Vermaelen and Eduardo, and 2-0 in England, as Samir Nasri and Denilson got on the score sheet.

They also met in the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1993, with Arsenal winning the home leg 3-0 and trouncing Standard away, 7-0.

Stats

  • Arsenal reached the Europa League semi-final in 2018 and the final in 2019.
  • Standard have never won in England – drawing once and losing six times.
  • Arsenal’s 1993 7-0 victory is their record away win in Europe – and Standard’s heaviest defeat, home or away.
  • Standard finished third in Group J last season with 10 points. That would have been enough for second place in 10 of the other 11 groups.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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