In a much-anticipated showdown in the UEFA Champions League 2023–24 season, Arsenal, a powerhouse in the Premier League, is gearing up to face off against Sevilla, one of La Liga's top dogs.
The stage is set at the Emirates Stadium in London, England, and the action kicks off on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 1:30 a.m. IST.
This game marks the return match as Arsenal clinched victory in their previous encounter last month. The top bookmakers in India have Champions League odds with them.
Sevilla and Arsenal will each score at least one goal apiece, given their current goal-scoring tendencies.
The betting tip is...
Both teams to score a goal
With his center-of-attack performance, Gabriel Jesus has scored 33.3% of the team's shots on goal and continuously applied pressure to the opposition. He has also made material contributions, including four goals and an assist.
Bukayo Saka has been in outstanding form lately, recording five goals and six assists in the last several games. This combination will probably take advantage of Sevilla's defense in the next game, but Kai Havertz will also be keenly monitored because his runs from the left flank could be game-changing.
Given that they score 1.92 goals per game on average, Arsenal is a clear favorite over Sevilla. They appear to be playing at their best since they have been surrendering 0.75 goals per match, or less than one goal on average, in their last few games.
Kai Havertz will be in the starting XI in this match despite his poor form.
Predicted Lineup: Trossard, M. Odegaard, O. Zinchenko, Gabriel, Saliba, Tomiyasu, Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and David Raya (GK)
Lucas Ocampos and Youssef En-Nesyri are the two players that will be most important to Sevilla in this match. En-Nesyri has scored three shots on goal so far out of the nine total shots attempted by the whole club in the UCL this season.
En-Nesyri has been the team's mainstay lately, helping out on defense and scoring the most goals (5). Nemanja Gudelj has supported him brilliantly, with three goals to his name.
Sevilla would want to boost their attack potential against a resolute Arsenal team by improving their possession rate, which is 50.17% this season. Sevilla's goalkeeper has also been outstanding, stopping a total of 19 goals for the squad at pivotal moments during games.
Sevilla will be fielding their strongest XI in this match.
Predicted Lineup: Lukebakio, Suso, Nemanja Gudelj, Navas, Lucas Ocampos, Fernando, Sergio Ramos, Pedrosa, Ivan Rakitic, Youssef En-Nesyri, and O. Nyland (GK)
Taking a closer look at their current form and their standing in their respective national leagues, it's evident that Arsenal holds the upper hand in this upcoming clash against Sevilla. In their previous face-off, Arsenal clinched a 2-1 victory, giving them a psychological edge coming into this match.
For Arsenal, it's a matter of maintaining their composure and sticking to the winning formula they've been using in the league. In contrast, Sevilla faces a monumental challenge to overcome this red-hot Arsenal side, which is currently on a remarkable run. To secure those crucial three points, Sevilla will need to deliver an extraordinary performance, as Arsenal at Emirates is a very difficult team to beat.
In the past, Sevilla has played eight knock-out ties or finals against the English opposition. They have won six of them. Although this is a league game, Sevilla will give a tough fight to Arsenal, but we expect Arsenal to win.