Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes
Who? Arsenal vs Vitoria Guimaraes in Group F of the UEFA Europa League Matchweek 3 Group Stages (Live on BT Sport)
Where? Emirates Stadium, London
When? 20:00 GMT, Thursday 24th October 2019
Matchweek 3 of the UEFA Europa League sees last season’s Europa League Finalists Arsenal host Portuguese outfit Vitoria Guimaraes in Group F at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are two for two so far in the tournament and have yet to concede. A 3-0 away win in Germany against Eintracht Frankfurt and a 4-0 home victory against Standard Liege means maximum points for Unai Emery’s side. Despite using a youthful, inexperienced side, Arsenal still seems strong enough to cruise in this group stage. Bukayo Saka has been an impressive youngster for the Gunners, scoring one and assisting twice so far in the competition.
For Vitoria, it has been an unpleasant start to life in the Europa League. They currently sit at the bottom of the group, having lost both their opening games. Vitoria lost 2-0 away to Standard Liege and tasted defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0. Attacking midfielder Lucas Evangelista has been a standout player for the visitors so far this season.
Arsenal (2/7* to Win): Unai Emery will rest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz for this fixture. Reiss Nelson is out injured for the Gunners. We expect Alex Lacazette to get game time having returned from injury. We expect Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding, and Hector Bellerin all to start.
Vitoria (9/1* to Win): Ivo Vieira already had a huge task taking on Arsenal, but is missing key personnel as well. He is without Lucas Evangelista, Miguel Silva, Valeriy Bondarenko, Mubarak Wakaso and Andre Andre through injury. They have former Spurs academy prospect Marcus Edwards among their ranks, however, and he could be in line to face his former rivals.
This is the first time these two sides have gone face to face in their competitive histories.
The last time Vitoria faced an English side was in 2008/09 UEFA Cup against Portsmouth, a tie they lost 4-2.
Arsenal are looking to six games unbeaten against Portuguese sides at home, having won five and drawn one.
The Gunners can match their longest European home winning streak since the 2001/02 season in the Champions League.
*odds as of October 24th at 11:12 GMT and subject to change
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