Match: Standard Liege vs Arsenal
League: Europa League
Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Stade Maurice Dufrasne (Liège)
Standard Liege vs Arsenal: The misfortunes of Arsenal seem to have no end in sight. They are the current high ranking of this group, but they could end up losing it given the performance of other teams in the same group. The fact that the Gunners defeated the same opposition 4-0 in the reverse game gives fans hope.
Liege was on tour the last day of the competition and had faced Guimaraes. Then, taking advantage of the local advantage, the first kept the Belgians in a 1-1 draw.
At the same time, Arsenal suffered a humiliating loss at home through Frankfurt. While the score seemed modest, the loss helped extend the worrying career of the Gunners for another game day. It should hurt fans that the English team has a 1-0 lead at home. Later, the Germans scored twice in the second period to secure victory.
This Thursday, consider the fact that Arsenal is at the top of the ranking, followed by Frankfurt in second place with nine points, and Liege in third place with seven points.
As such, a draw or loss could make Frankfurt take the place of the English team at the top, and a 5-0 or better victory by the Belgians on Thursday could completely prevent Freddie Ljunberg’s men Move to the next step.
Therefore, Arsenal needs a victory to finish in the lead, and must avoid a great loss to meet at least as a finalist.
But the fact that they are going through one of their worst careers in recent history could go against them. The team did not win any games in its last nine attempts, and the streak even resulted in the dismissal of Unai Emery.
In addition, the Gunners have conceded two or more goals in their last five games and have not won in 11 of their 13 previous away games. On top of that, they have conceded two or more times in three of their last four road games.
Meanwhile, Standard de Liège is undefeated in their last five general matches, and they have been 14 of their previous 15 at home. Impressive, they also managed to win 14 of their 16 previous home appearances.
Consequently, with the additional help of the house advantage, Standard de Liège will be victorious when the Asian handicap is applied.
However, keep in mind that the Belgians need a great victory to progress. They have to score at least five goals to get a ticket for the next round, and that despair could be used by Arsenal. Either way, Liege will make mistakes, and guests could find the bottom of the network at least once in the process.
In addition, Arsenal has a 100% victory record against this opponent. They have scored a total of 19 goals in the last five games, and four in the only loss.
As a result, BTTS has great potential this Thursday to provide returns.