Arsenal take a break from their Premier League title challenge in midweek as Mikel Arteta’s men go to Sporting CP in a Europa League Round of 16 first leg.
The Gunners avoided a Europa League playoff last month after finishing top of their group at the end of 2022, and Arteta will be looking to keep on track across domestic and European action in 2023.
With a five-point lead over Man City, Arsenal are in a strong position in the title race, but Arteta knows it will be a delicate balancing act in the coming weeks.
Here’s all the key information on the match including kickoff time, live streaming and TV channels, lineups and betting odds.
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What time is Sporting CP vs Arsenal kick off?
This Europa League clash kicks off at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on Thursday, March 9 at 6:45 p.m. local time.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
|USA||Thu, Mar. 9||12:45 ET|
|Canada||Thu, Mar. 9||12:45 ET|
|UK||Thu, Mar. 9||17:45 GMT|
|Australia||Fri, Mar. 10||04:45 AEDT|
|India||Thu, Mar. 9||23:15 IST|
|Hong Kong||Fri, Mar. 10||01:45 HKT|
|Malaysia||Fri, Mar. 10||01:45 MYT|
|Singapore||Fri, Mar. 10||01:45 SGT|
|New Zealand||Fri, Mar. 10||06:45 NZDT|
Sporting CP vs Arsenal live stream, TV channel
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:
|USA||TUDN USA||fuboTV, TUDN app/site, VIX+, Paramount+|
|UK||BT Sport 2||BT Sport app/site|
|New Zealand||—||Spark Sport|
|India||Sony TEN 2||JioTV, Sony LIV|
|Hong Kong||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect|
|Malaysia||beIN Sports 3|
beIN Sports Connect, sooka
|Singapore||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+|
UK: This match will be broadcast live in the UK via BT Sports’ TV and streaming services.
USA: This match streams on Paramount+ and fuboTV for subscribers in both English and Spanish.
Canada: Every Europa League game this season is live streaming exclusively via DAZN in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every Europa League match live and on demand on Stan Sport.
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Sporting CP vs Arsenal lineups
Sporting midfielder Manuel Ugarte triggered a yellow card suspension with his caution last time out against Midtjylland and will miss this match. The only true injury concern for head coach Ruben Amara is the ACL tear of 23-year-old Daniel Braganca who has missed the entire season to date.
Former Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin is at Sporting on loan from Barcelona, but has yet to lock down a true starting role, sitting as an unused substitute against Portimonense in league play over the weekend and failing to make today’s squad altogether.
Sporting CP starting XI (3-4-3): Adan (GK) — St. Juste, Coates, Inacio — Esgaio, Goncalves, Morita, Matheus — Trincao, Paulinho, Edwards.
Sporting CP subs: Neto (GK), Diomande, Nuno, M. Fernandes, Tanlongo, Essugo, Issahaku, Chermiti, Rochinha, Cabral, Arthur.
There’s an injury crisis brewing at striker for Arsenal, as Eddie Nketiah (ankle) and Leandro Trossard (groin) have both picked up minor injuries that will keep them sidelined for this match. While Gabriel Jesus has returned to Arsenal training, but this match comes too soon for him to play a part, meaning Gabriel Martinelli is forced to deputise. Gabriel is rested in favour of Jakub Kiwior who makes his Arsenal debut at the back.
Matt Turner continues as the Cup goalkeeper for Arsenal, while the great performances from Jorginho in place of Thomas Partey weeks ago see him get a chance to spell the Ghanan in midfield. Kieran Tierney has been excluded from the squad due to an illness, and Martin Odegaard is also sick and does not appear, but made the trip with the team.
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Arsenal starting XI (4-3-3): Turner (GK) — White, Saliba, Kiwior, Zinchenko — Jorginho, Vieira, Xhaka — Saka, Martinelli, Nelson.
Arsenal subs: Ramsdale (GK), Hillson, Tomiyasu, Walters, Holding, Gabriel, Partey, Smith, Bandeira, Smith Rowe, Sagoe Jr..
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Sporting CP vs Arsenal prediction, odds
Sporting head into this game on the back of four successive wins in all competitions, as they needed a second-leg victory to see off Danish side Midtjylland in the playoffs, and Arsenal have stumbled on the road in 2023.
Defeat to City and Everton have come away from the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks and Arteta may be forced to settle for a draw ahead of the second leg on March 16.
Prediction: A 1-1 draw
|Sporting CP win||+250||5/2||3.40||3.37|
|Over/Under 2.5 goals||-108 / -128||10/11, 4/5||1.98 / 1.77||1.97 / 1.78|
|Both teams to score Y/N||-128 / -111||8/11, 1/1||1.75 / 1.95||1.73 / 1.88|