Sporting CP v Arsenal: UEFA Europa League Match,Team News,Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 08-03-2023 6:24 am (2 weeks ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date: Thursday 9th March, 2023
Time: 6:45 pm
Stadium  Estadio Jose Alvalade
Referee   Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Goal Scorer:

Team News
Sporting CP
Sporting's second-leg thrashing of Midtjylland in the playoff round was not the perfect affair for Amorim, as midfielder Manuel Ugarte picked up his third European booking of the season and will miss Thursday's game through suspension.

With Daniel Braganca still recovering from a ruptured cruciate ligament, 19-year-old Argentina starlet Mateo Tanlongo should come in for a start alongside Hidemasa Morita, but Amorim has no other injury or suspension concerns to factor in.

Amorim should not shy away from making a few defensive alterations, bringing Matheus Reis and Jeremiah St. Juste back in from the start, but Hector Bellerin will likely start on the bench against his old club.
Sporting Lisbon possible starting lineup:
Adan; Inacio, Coates, St. Juste; Esgaio, Tanlongo, Morita, Reis; Edwards, Paulinho, Goncalves

As for Arsenal, Arteta is at risk of being without his three recognised central attacking options after Leandro Trossard came off with a groin problem in the first half of the win over Bournemouth.

Initial assessments have ruled out a serious injury, but the Belgian is likely to miss out here alongside Gabriel Jesus and Mohamed Elneny, while Eddie Nketiah's ankle problem is unlikely to heal in time for the first leg either.

Gabriel Martinelli should therefore shoulder the goalscoring burden in the number nine spot, allowing Emile Smith Rowe - who came off the bench against Bournemouth before being taken off for Nelson - to come in for his first start of the season on the left-hand side.

Arteta will be tempted to shuffle the pack some more as Matt Turner, Jorginho and Kieran Tierney push for recalls, but the latter will miss the second leg at the Emirates if he picks up a booking.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Turner; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Jorginho; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Martinelli
Prediction: Sporting Lisbon 1-1 Arsenal

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