Two years ago Arsenal reached the final of the UEFA Europa League for the second time in team history, eventually falling to Chelsea. The Gunners failed to advance to that stage last season as they were eliminated in the Round of 32 by Olympiacos. Arsenal hopes to avoid a similar fate this time around when it takes on Benfica in Greece in the second leg of the 2021 UEFA Europa League Round of 32. The teams battled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their tie, with Benfica opening the scoring in the 55th minute and Arsenal equalizing two minutes later.
Arsenal vs. Benfica is one of 15 second-leg matches on Thursday, with the first leg of the 2021 UEFA Europa League Round of 16 taking place next month. Seven matches begin at 12:55 p.m. ET and eight others get underway at 3 p.m. ET. Before locking in your Europa League picks for Benfica vs. Arsenal or any other match on Thursday, make sure you see what SportsLine’s European soccer guru Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. In fact, Green has generated over $16,900 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season.
Now, Green has analyzed Thursday’s UEFA Europa League action and locked in his top picks. He’s sharing his best bets only at SportsLine.
Top Europa League predictions for Thursday, Feb. 25
One of Green’s best bets for Thursday: He’s backing Arsenal (-120) to win its second-leg match against Benfica.
Benfica is unbeaten in its last five overall matches, recording one victory and four draws in that span, but has scored a total of four goals during the run. Arsenal is capable of erupting offensively, as it produced that amount in a Premier League triumph over Leeds prior to its first-leg game against Benfica. The Gunners outscored their opponents 20-5 while winning all six of their contests in the group stage, with Nicolas Pepe, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah each registering three tallies.
«Arsenal looked sharper than Benfica during last week’s 1-1- draw,» Green told SportsLine. «If the Gunners find their shooting boots, they should prevail in the second leg.»
How to make Europa League picks for Thursday, Feb. 25
Green also is high on a team that suffered a «shocking» loss in the first leg of the Round of 32. He has discovered a critical X-factor that has him backing this club and is only sharing who it is over at SportsLine.
So what are the Europa League best bets for Thursday? And what critical X-factor makes one team a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to get the top picks for the UEFA Europa League, all from the expert who has generated over $16,900 since the 2017-18 season.