Your comprehensive guide to the Sporting and Arsenal match in the UEFA Europa League 2022/2023

Today, the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League season begins for the current season 2023/2022, and we highlight specifically the match between Sporting against Arsenal, which we will show you a comprehensive guide to in the coming lines. 

Match preview

Resuming their mission for an evasive continental crown, Toolbox traveling to the Estadio Jose Alvalade XXI for the first leg of their Europa League last-16 encounter Sporting Lisbon on Thursday evening.

The Gunners advanced as champions from Group A to establish a connection with Ruben Amorim's previous Champions League contenders, that dispensed a 5-1 beating to FC Midtjylland in the playoffs.

Currently familiar with North London after doing battle with Tottenham Hotspur throughout the team phase of the Champions Organization, Sporting's initiatives to pip Spurs and also Eintracht Frankfurt to a top-two area proved useless, as they settled for a third-placed berth and also area in Europe's second-tier competition as a result.

Entering their knockout round playoff tie versus Midtjylland as the overwhelming favourites to proceed, Sporting were indebted to a stoppage-time Sebastian Coates equaliser in a 1-1 first-leg draw, yet they turned up the warm in Denmark, storming to a 4-0 success to enter the hat for the last-16 draw.

Desire for a domestic and also continental dual are undoubtedly unfounded for Amorim's males, though, as Sporting inhabit 4th location in the Primeira Liga table and are a whopping 15 factors behind runaway leaders Benfica, despite winning their last three top-flight video games.

A 77th-minute strike from Paulinho sufficed to move Sporting to a 1-0 win at Portimonense on Saturday - their 4th win on the bounce in all tournaments and 3rd tidy sheet one by one - however just two of their last 4 home suits in all events have actually ended in success.

Still waiting to add to their single European accomplishment from the 1963-64 European Cup Champions' Mug, Sporting's only Europa League last-16 leave in its present layout came against eventual victors Atletico Madrid in 2009-10 - a good omen for Collection if they can make lightning strike twice in Portugal.

Bypassing an additional two games in the knockout round playoffs was a need for Toolbox amidst their remarkable Premier League title fee, and a lowly 2-0 loss to PSV Eindhoven showed irrelevant as the Gunners covered Europa League Team A with 15 factors from 18 available.

Considering that last requiring to the field in continental competitors, Mikel Arteta's young weapons have managed to keep Manchester City away in the English top trip as well as hold a five-point benefit at the top with 12 games entrusted to play, although their undisputable lead would have been decreased had it not been for among the most remarkable last-minute objectives the Emirates will ever witness.

After falling back to Philip Billing and also Marcos Senesi's efforts against Bournemouth, Arsenal resisted through Thomas Partey and also Ben White prior to academy product Reiss Nelson sent out the home group into ecstasy in the seventh min of included time, sealing a hardly credible 3-2 win in one more true examination of the Gunners' title qualifications.

While Premier League glory is by no suggests a guarantee, it would certainly take a devastating collapse for Arsenal to drop out of the leading four - making success in the Europa League less of a concern than in previous years - but they have never ever been knocked out in the last 16 of Europe's second-tier event as well as are no doubt growing troubled for a piece of continental magnificence.

En route to the final in the 2018-19 period, Arsenal bordered past Sporting 1-0 during the team phase thanks to Danny Welbeck's winner in Portugal, as well as a succeeding goalless draw at the Emirates made it 4 games without a win or objective for the Portuguese giants against their London counterparts.

Sporting's second-leg thrashing of Midtjylland in the playoff round was not the perfect event for Amorim, as midfielder Manuel Ugarte grabbed his third European reservation of the period as well as will certainly miss out on Thursday's video game through suspension.

With Daniel Braganca still recouping from a ruptured cruciate ligament, 19-year-old Argentina starlet Mateo Tanlongo must come in for a start together with Hidemasa Morita, yet Amorim has nothing else injury or suspension worries to factor in.

Amorim ought to not avoid making a few protective changes, bringing Matheus Reis as well as Jeremiah St. Juste back in from the start, however Hector Bellerin will likely begin unemployed against his old club.

When it comes to Toolbox, Arteta is at threat of lacking his three acknowledged main assaulting options after Leandro Trossard came off with a groin trouble in the first half of the gain Bournemouth.

Initial assessments have dismissed a serious injury, yet the Belgian is most likely to miss out right here alongside Gabriel Jesus as well as Mohamed Elneny, while Eddie Nketiah's ankle issue is not likely to heal in time for the very first leg either.

Gabriel Martinelli must therefore bear the goalscoring problem in the number 9 place, allowing Emile Smith Rowe - that came off the bench against Bournemouth prior to being removed for Nelson - ahead in for his very first beginning of the period on the left-hand side.

Arteta will be tempted to shuffle the pack some even more as Matt Turner as well as Jorginho promote recalls, however Kieran Tierney is not likely to be involved because of disease.

Sporting Lisbon possible starting lineup:
Adam; Ignatius, Coates, St. Juste; Esgaio, Tanlongo, Morita, Reis; Edwards, Paulinho, Gonçalves

Toolbox possible beginning schedule:
Turner; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Jorginho; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Martinelli

We say: Sporting Lisbon 1-1 Collection
With Sporting being required to bring in at least one unskilled midfielder to cover for stalwart Ugarte, Collection would certainly no doubt capitalize in normal conditions, but a wide range of assaulting injuries does not bode that well for Arteta's side.

While the Gunners must not share the exact same destiny as North London rivals Tottenham did on Sporting's turf, they could need to be content with a draw prior to the two sides reconvene at the Emirates on March 16.

Event details:

NAME: Sporting - Arsenal
DATE: 9 Mar 2023
TIME: 17:45 UTC
VENUE: José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal

What channels will broadcast the match between Sporting and Arsenal?

  beIN Sports MENA English 1 HD
  beIN Sports MENA Premium 1 HD
  Blue Sport 6 HD
  BT Sport 2 HD
  Cosmote Sport 2 HD
  Sky Sport Football Italia HD
  Sport TV1 Portugal HD
  SuperSport 2 Albania HD