Benfica will welcome Arsenal for their Europa League fixture on Thursday at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece at 11:25 PM IST.
Both legs of their round-of-32 tie will not take place in the clubs’ respective homes due to the restrictions placed on travel due to COVID-19.
Arsenal will be entering into this game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, their chances of finishing in the top-six have become difficult.
On the other hand, Benfica had a goalless draw against Farense and that registered the third consecutive draw for them in all competitions.
Thursday’s winner will get a chance in the round of 16, which will motivate both the teams to bring their A-game when they take on each other.
In the head-to-head competition between the two teams, Benfica has the upper hand as they beat Arsenal once in all the three games they played against each other. The previous game between the two teams ended in a 1-1 draw when they went against each other on Friday last week. Arsenal has managed to win just one game in their last six games in all competitions while Benfica is also struggling on the other end so both teams desperately need a win to gain some momentum.
Kieran Tierney returned in the last week’s fixture and will be starting from the get-go on Thursday. Thomas Partey is recovering from the muscle injury that ruled him out for some weeks. Rob Holding suffered a concussion and was substituted against Manchester City. The defender will go through an evaluation to determine his fitness ahead of the clash against Benfica.
Benfica is still without its long-term absentee Andre Almeida who has been ruled out of the season with a knee injury. Benfica’s skipper is also sidelined due to a thigh injury.