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Arsenal will face Benfica at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, Greece for the second leg encounter in UEL round 32. In this review, we provide you with tips and predictions on what is likely to be a tough duel given both teams shared the spoils in the first leg played at Studio Olimpico, Rome-Italy.
Arsenal vs Benfica Top Free Betting Tips
The second leg of the UEL round 32 pitting Arsenal against Benfica will likely go down to the wire. Here are our top free betting tips for the game:
- Benfica to win
- Under 2.5 goals
- 1-0 to Benfica
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Arsenal vs Benfica Second Leg, Round 32 Match Preview
After a tough first leg match in Italy where both teams scored a goal each to share the spoils, we are looking at a second leg that will likely go either side. Historically, Arsenal has a better record against Benfica. However, Gunners struggle in the domestic league should not be ignored. And despite being Spanish giants, Benfica is equally not having a good season in Primera Liga. The Portuguese giants have drawn their last three games, with the last game against the relation-threatened SC Farense ending in a barren draw. On the other hand, Arsenal has not had a good show in the last three games. They lost the last game 1-0 at home to the in-form Manchester City coming into this game.
In the first leg of round 32, the gunners had seven shots but only managed twoon target despite dominating both halves of the game. The gunners registered four corners against three for Benfica. Benfica had a total of seven shots with four on target. Thus, Benfica had a higher goal conversion rate than the Gunners. Arsenal missed the services of defender Thomas Partey which is set to continue in the second leg because the Ghanaian is sidelined with an injury. Benfica will be relying on the experiences of defenders Nicholas Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen to shore up the defensive line against a fast-attacking Arsenal forwards lead by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The gunners who are coming into this game with an away goal advantage will be looking to improve on their poor home run in UEL having only kept one clean sheet in the competition for this reason.
In this match, we see a tense encounter with both teams looking to claim all three points. We are backing Benfica to grab a narrow win by one goal. Benfica midfielder Pizzi, who is the top scorer in the completion, and forward Darwin Nunez, who has five goals will be instrumental in a match that will be electrifying.
Arsenal vs Benfica Top Betting Predictions
Here are more free betting tips at a good price:
Anytime Goal Scorer: Darwin Nunez
Nunez registered a shot on target last time with Pizzi registering another one in a spot-kick. They were the only two shots on target for Benfica. For that reason, we are backing Darwin Nunez to find the net in the second leg despite failing to convert his only shot on target in the first leg.
Overs/Unders: Under 2.5
Both teams will be looking to progress. However, we are likely to see both sides play cautiously and hoping for a goal in a counter-attack. We are, therefore, predicting a low scoring match of fewer than two goals.
First Team to Score: Benfica
Given that Arsenal has struggled to keep a clean sheet in both the domestic league and UEL, we are backing Benfica to find the net first against a shaky Arsenal defence.
FAQs about Arsenal vs Benfica UEL Round 32 Second Leg
Who is UEL top Scorer so far?
Benfica Midfielder, Pizzi is the current top scorer with 7 goals
Will Thomas Partey be fit to feature for Arsenal in the second leg?
Thomas Partey remain doubtful but according to Mikel Arteta, the defender is likely to feature if he is fit enough.
How many goals did Benfica concede in UEL group stage matches?
Benfica conceded 9 goals, four more than Arsenal in the group stage.
How many goals did Arsenal score in the UEL group stage?
Arsenal scored 20 goals in UEL group stage matches, and only conceded five goals.
How many goals has Darwin Nunez Scored in the competition so far?
Darwin Nunez has scored five goals in UEL thus far and is and is among the competition’s golden boot contenders.