On Wednesday, we are expecting eight new matches of the fourth round of the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition, and perhaps the most interesting match will be played in London, where Arsenal and Sevilla will measure their strength. Before this round, the Gunners are at the top of the table with six points, while the current Europa League champions are stationed in third place with just two points. The kickoff between the English and Spanish representatives is scheduled for 9 pm.
Arsenal: Victory almost certainly secures a place in the knockout phase!
It is well known that Arsenal played truly great football last season, however, the team drastically dropped in form in the second half of the championship and ultimately missed out on the title of English champions, even though at one point it seemed realistic, as Mikel Arteta’s squad had even a double-digit lead over Manchester City. However, the Citizens shifted into high gear in the second half of the championship, Arsenal predictably fell quite a bit, but in the end, the team finished in second place, which means that this time we have the opportunity to watch this team in the Champions League, for the first time after a full six years, and therefore the last season had to be characterized as successful.
Speaking of Europe’s premier club competition, it should be said that the English representative absolutely holds everything in their own hands, as Arsenal is currently in first place in the table with a point more than second-placed Lens, and even four points more than Sevilla and PSV, who currently share the last place on the table, so the calculation is clear, if the English representative celebrates in this duel against Sevilla, they will practically ensure a place in the knockout phase, which is one of the primary goals for this part of the season. So far, the Gunners have achieved two triumphs in three matches played against PSV at home and Sevilla away, along with a defeat at the visit to Lens, who is playing above all expectations.
As for the English Premier League, the team from London is currently in fourth place in the table with only three points less than the leader Manchester City, so it seems that this time we are in for an extremely interesting fight for the title of English champions. Unfortunately, in the last round, Mikel Arteta’s charges were defeated away at Newcastle with a score of 1:0, with the general impression that the visiting team was significantly disadvantaged in that encounter. Otherwise, Arsenal has played seven matches in all competitions at their own stadium so far and still, the team does not know defeat in London, and during that period, the Gunners have achieved five triumphs, but also two draws. Finally, for this very important match against Sevilla, the Spanish expert will not be able to count on Jesus, Partey, Timber, and Smith Rowe, while Ødegaard is a big doubt.
Sevilla: Do the Andalusians have the strength for a triumph at the Emirates?
Sevilla had significant problems at the start of last season, and the team only started to breathe in the second half of the championship after the arrival of coach Mendilibar, who in a short period managed to awaken the Spanish giant and lead them to a new Europa League trophy, following a triumph over Roma. All this brought the club a new placement in the Champions League, which has been the primary goal of the team from Andalusia for years. Unfortunately, once again things did not start as everyone expected, and after several disastrous performances in the league, Mendilibar was dismissed and the Uruguayan expert Diego Alonso was appointed in his place, who faces an extremely difficult task of reawakening the dormant Sevilla.
At this moment, the popular ‘Barbers’ find themselves in a dismal fifteenth place in the Spanish La Liga table, with only four points more than the teams in the relegation zone. The impression is that with the arrival of the new coach, the team has started to deliver somewhat better performances, so Sevilla has the same number of draws in their last three matches, although the schedule has not been at all easy. In the first match with the new coach, the Andalusians drew at home against Real Madrid, with a score of 1:1, then the current Europa League champions had to travel for two very difficult away games, first against Cadiz where it ended 2:2, and then in the last round against Celta, with that duel in Vigo finishing 1:1. In the meantime, the team from Sanchez Pizjuan has secured a place in the next round of the Copa del Rey without much trouble, where this team has high ambitions this season.
Finally, as for the Champions League, it should be freely stated that we expected much more from Sevilla in this year’s edition of the elite competition, and currently, the Spanish representative is in third place in the table with only two points earned. In the first round, Sevilla only drew at home against Lens, followed by a draw away at PSV, after conceding a goal in the final seconds of the match. In the last round, the Spanish representative was defeated in Andalusia by Arsenal with a score of 2:1, and they will have the opportunity for revenge tonight. To conclude, Diego Alonso will not be able to count on Nianzou and Vazquez for this duel in London, while Ramos, Acuña, and Marcao are doubtful.
Our Betting Predictions
The Andalusians have shown throughout the season that they have quite a few problems in their defensive line, and uncharacteristically for them, the ‘Barbers’ are conceding a lot of goals. It seems that this trend will continue, so we primarily suggest you try the bet Away Team Over 1.5 Goals for which the bookmaker Betbonanza has prepared an odds of 1.40.
All things considered, the impression is that an Arsenal victory here should not be in doubt, so we recommend you play a straight win for Arsenal for which the bookmaker Betbonanza has prepared an odds of 1.30. It is expected that the English representative will aim for the goal from the first minute against the recently very poor Sevilla, so we recommend a Halftime/Fulltime 1/1 bet with an odds of 1.93 at Betbonanza.