It’s Standard Liege Vs Arsenal, the final game of the Group stage in the Europa League and qualification spots are up for grabs for both sides. Freddie Ljungberg got his first win against West Ham last weekend in the Premier League however, this game promises to be a tricky fixture for him.
Considering the fact that Arsenal welcome Manchester City next, we expect some heavy rotations in the line-up for this game. On the other hand, the home side will be certainly fielding a strongest playing 11 and should be looking to take all the 3 points to make a strong case for qualification.
When and where?
- Venue – Stade Maurice Dufrasne
- Time – 11:35 PM IST, Thursday
- Telecast – Ten2, Sony LIV
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Standard Liege Vs Arsenal Team News:
The home side will be certainly without Center Back Noe Dussenne who is recovering from the ACL injury. Forward players Orlando Sa and on loan midfielder Antony Limbombe will miss out from the game as well.
Arsenal have got some injury problems of their own with Kirean Tierney sidelined for a while due to a shoulder injury. Bellerin might be out as well after pulling out from the warm-up in the West Ham game. On the other hand, Ljungberg has confirmed midfielder Dani Ceballos will return to training in mid-December, as he continues his recovery from hamstring injury. Nicolas Pepe picked up a bruised knee against West Ham and is set to be rested against Standard as a result, and he will face a late fitness test ahead of the City clash. Defender Rob Holding defender is being assessed for a potential return to the side tonight, atleast on the bench.
Standard Liege – Bodart; Vanheusden, Vojvoda, Bastien, Laifis; Gavory, M’Poku, Ammalah; Emond, Boljevic, Carcela-Gonzalez;
Arsenal – Martinez; Maitland Niles, Mustafi, Luiz, Zech Medley; Guendouzi, Willock, Smith Rowe, Saka, Nelson; Lacazette;
Arsenal have won all five of their previous meetings with Standard Liège, by an aggregate score of 19-2. Their biggest ever away win in Europe came against the Belgian side (7-0 in November 1993).
This is the first time Standard are hosting English opponents since September 2009, when they went 2-0 ahead after just five minutes against Arsenal before eventually losing 2-3.
Arsenal haven’t lost back-to-back games within a single season in the UEFA Cup/Europa League since 1996-97, when they lost twice to Borussia Monchengladbach in September 1996.
Standard Liege Vs Arsenal – What to expect?
With Standard desperate for victory, and Arsenal in a position of uncertainty regarding confidence, this could be quite a tight game. With the Gunners numerous injury problems and their poor away record, things may actually swing in favor of the hosts.
However, with top 4 finish in the Premier League looks to have taken a major detour, qualifying to the next round in the Europa League should be the immediate focus for Freddie Ljungberg side.
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