Arsenal will play Slavia Prague in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League quarterfinals in 2020-21. Watch UEL in real time, as the other Premier League giant Manchester United face off Granada away from home. It’s a UEFA Europa quarterfinal encounter that you wouldn’t want to miss for anything.
Lets give you all the predictions regarding tonight’s Europa League encounters. And if you are into soccer betting, the betting odds are favourable to say the least.
UEFA Europa League quarterfinals leg 1 fixtures & Match Time for Zimbabwe
Arsenal vs Slavia Prague – 21:00 CAT
Granada vs Manchester United – 21:00 CAT
Ajax vs Roma – 21:00 CAT
Dinamo Zagreb vs Villarreal – 21:00 CAT
Arsenal v Slavia Prague
Arsenal returned from the international break with a 3-0 loss at home to Liverpool, extending their winless streak to three games. They also lost their last Europa League match, losing 1-0 to Olympiacos at the Emirates, but they went on and advanced into the quarterfinals thanks to a 3-1 victory in the first leg.
David Luiz, who recently underwent knee surgery, will miss Slavia Prague’s visit. Mikel Arteta is concerned about Kierney’s fitness after he was forced off with a knee injury in the loss to Liverpool. Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, both young players, will be evaluated, as well as Granit Xhaka, who missed the game on Saturday due to illness.
However, Arsenal does not have to underestimate Slavia Prague. They are now unbeaten in 21 games after a goalless draw with Zbrojovka Brno over the weekend, with their last loss coming in the Europa League against Bayer Leverkusen in December.
Prediction: Slavia Prague to progress after a draw in the first leg.
Granada v Manchester United
Since being promoted to La Liga in 2019, Granada has surpassed all expectations. In their first season back in the Premier League, they finished seventh, earning a spot in the Europa League as a result. Manchester United should not underestimate them after knocking out Napoli and Molde on their way to the quarter-finals.
Prediction: Manchester United to win the first leg and progress to the semi-finals.
Ajax v Roma
In the most intriguing Europa League quarter-final match, Ajax will face Roma. Ajax moved 11 points clear at the top of the Eredivisie with a 2-1 victory at Heerenveen over the weekend, and they still have a game in hand on second-placed PSV. The win extends their unbeaten streak to 24 games, with 21 of them being victories.
Ajax will be missing three main players in André Onana, Daley Blind, and Sébastien Haller, despite their excellent form. Onana is serving a 12-month doping suspension and will not be available until next year; Daley Blind is injured; and Ajax inexplicably left Haller out of their Europa League knockout stage squad, which is a huge blow given his start in the Netherlands – the former West Ham midfielder has been a key figure in the club’s success.
Predictions: Ajax to win the first leg and progress to the semi-finals.
Dinamo Zagreb v Villarreal
Dinamo Zagreb advanced to the quarter-finals after an incredible comeback against Tottenham. At the same time they will look to overcome the odds once more against Villarreal to reach the final four. After succeeding Zoran Mamic as head coach last month, Damir Krznar oversaw an impressive 3-0 victory over Spurs, but he is without striker Bruno Petkovic this week due to a shoulder injury.
On the other hand, Unai Emery has only two injury problems for Villarreal: left-back Pervis Estupián and defensive midfielder Vicente Iborra, but neither was expected to start anyway. After an up-and-down season, Villarreal are currently sixth in La Liga. After losing their previous eight league games, they have won their last three.