For our Arsenal vs. Sporting CP prediction, we're going for a 2-1 win for the home side.
Arsenal look to finish the job and progress to the Europa League quarterfinals as they face Sporting Clube de Portugal in the second leg of their last 16 tie with the scored level at 2-2.
Arsenal reached the last 16 of the Europa League by topping Group A, a group containing PSV Eindhoven, Bodo/Glimt and FC Zurich.
The Gunners have been sensational in the Premier League this season as they sit top of the league with a five point cushion over Manchester City with only eleven games remaining.
The North London club are hoping to translate their domestic success into Europe, and it looks like they're making a good go of it as they enter a game against one of the tougher draws as favourites following a good result away from home last time out.
Bar one or two difficult periods, Arsenal were the better team throughout against Sporting and deserved a point at least.
They enter this game off the back of an even better performance, too, having comfortably beaten Fulham 3-0 away from home in a commanding performance on Sunday.
Arsenal do not lose many at the Emirates and it would be foolish to back against them here as they look likely to book their place in the Europa League quarterfinals.
Sporting CP reached the Europa League last 16 by finishing 3rd in Champions League Group D, a group containing Tottenham Hotspur, Eintracht Frankfurt and Marseille.
The Portuguese side have had a fairly tough campaign this time out but seem to be improving as the weeks pass by as they enter this game in their best period of the season.
Sporting are on excellent form at the minute having won four and drawn one of their last five matches, the most recent of which was a 3-0 win over Boavista at the weekend.
Ruben Amorim's men have been excellent defensively of late too having conceded just two times in their last five games, both of which came against Arsenal.
They'll feel frustrated to have come away from the first leg with only a point having conceded a very unfortunate own goal from a deflected shot that took a wild knick off Hidemasa Morita.
Still, not all is lost as they stand a solid chance of going through here, especially considering their excellent away form that has seen them win each of their last five consecutive matches on the road.
They have it all to do in London but it would be unwise to write them off.
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