Vitoria vs Arsena prediction: How will Europa League clash play out?
Nov. 06, 2019
Arsenal travel to Vitoria for their rearranged Europa League tie on Wednesday with Unai Emery 's side urgently in need of a positive result.
Pressure on the manager has increased dramatically over the past week as Arsenal let slip a lead three times in a week, culminating in a dire 1-1 draw against Wolves last weekend.
Granit Xhaka has been left out of the squad again, following his furious outburst against Crystal Palace, as the club look to maintain their 100% record in the Europa League this season.
The match has been moved to a Wednesday due to Vitoria's rivals Sporting Braga also scheduled to play at home on Thursday.
Here is everything you need to know about the fixture:
When is it?
The match kicks off at 15:50 (BST) on Wednesday 6 November.
The Europa League tie was moved due to local rivals Sporting Braga also playing in the competition at home on Thursday night.
How can I watch it?
The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 from 15:30.
Vitoria: Doughlas; Rochinha, Tapsoda, Henrique, Hanin; Evangelista, Agu, Teixeira; Edwards, Duarte, Pereira.
Arsenal: Martinez; Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac; Willock, Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Saka, Pepe, Martinelli.
Youngsters Joe Willock and Gabriel Martinelli will all be given another chance to impress. Emile Smith Rowe has not travelled due to a calf strain. Nicolas Pepe should also start after being left on the bench during the club’s dire 1-1 draw against Wolves last weekend.
Meanwhile, former Tottenham starlet Marcus Edwards is set to start after scoring against the Gunners in the reverse fixture.
Despite the club's woeful recent form, and the continued hostility off the pitch aimed at both the manager and the club's captain, the crop of youngsters will relish another opportunity to shine, while it's also a pivotal fixture for Pepe to work his way back into Unai Emery's plan. For those reasons alone, they should have the freedom to let their superior talent shine through and sweep aside who shouldn't pose too great a threat.
Vitoria 1-4 Arsenal
Vitoria – 21/10
Arsenal – 23/20
Draw – 13/5