08 Apr 2021 10:52 AM +00:00

Arsenal must bounce back against Slavia Prague in Europe

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We're bringing you all the details on the Europa League quarter-final between Arsenal and Slavia Prague, including predicted lineups, team news and TV schedules.

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Arsenal vs Slavia Prague Date & Kick-Off Time

All four Europa League quarter-final matches will be played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home.

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STUBBORN OPPOSITION: Arsenal will face a Slavia Praha team that has already seen off Leicester and Rangers

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The first leg between Arsenal and Slavia Prague will take place at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, 8 April at 3pm ET / 8pm BST.

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The return leg will be played at the Sinobo Stadium on Thursday, 15 April, which will also be a 3pm ET / 8pm BST kick-off.

Whichever side makes it through to the semi-finals will play either Dinamo Zagreb or Villarreal on Thursday, 29 April, with the second leg set to take place on Thursday, 6 May.

How to watch Arsenal vs Slavia Prague

If you are in the UK, BT Sport is the only place to watch the UEFA Europa League action as it happens.

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ROAD TO GDANSK: The 2021 UEFA Europa League final will be held in Poland

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You can purchase a Monthly Pass which gets you 30 days of BT Sport, contract-free.

The Monthly Pass will cost you £25 - you don’t need BT broadband, and you can watch instantly using our app or web player.

Your Monthly Pass will renew automatically but you can cancel it whenever you want.

With exclusive matches all the way to the final, you’ll be able to watch on TV, online and on the BT Sport app for mobiles, tablets, smart TVs and games consoles.

BT Sport Arsenal vs Slavia Prague Schedule

UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 1st Leg - From 7pm on Thursday, 8th April (BT Sport 1)

UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg - From 7pm on Thursday, 15th April (BT Sport 1)

All times UK.

How to watch Europa League matches in the USA

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Every Europa League match will be shown on CBS’s streaming service: Paramount+.

Select games, including the Europa League final, will also be on CBS television and CBS Sports Network.

On top of the live matches, CBS will also have additional programming, prime-time replays to suit a US audience and much more in an exciting development for American fans of the sport.

For more information on how to watch the Gunners take on Slavia Praha, click here.

Predicted Line-Ups

Arsenal have struggled n the Premier League this season, so it will be interesting to see how they fare against a Slavia Prague side who have dominated their league.

Arsenal Predicted 11

The Gunners will have to play both legs of the quarter-final without Scottish star Kieran Tierney, who has been so effective down the left flank for Arsenal this season.

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Mikel Arteta may choose to use Bukayo Saka at left-back, with Granit Xhaka dropping into a back 3 when the Gunners have possession, allowing the English winger to push forward in attack.

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We could also see Spanish centre-half Pablo Mari used, as he has been steady and reliable whenever he has played in an Arsenal shirt.

Out: David Luiz (Knee Injury), Kieran Tierney (knee injury)

Doubtful: Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Granit Xhaka

Slavia Praha Predicted 11

Having only one recognised central defender available, Trpisovsky will have to use one of his defensive players alongside Zima.

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We're guessing it will be Tomas Holes to fill in at centre-half, who usually plays as defensive midfielder.

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The Slavia coach said "It's a very specific situation when you are without four defenders and are uncertain that your No1 goalkeeper can start. It's far from ideal, but my players are able to adapt."

Out: David Hovorka (Cruciate Ligament), Ibrahim Traoré (Muscle Injury), Taras Kacharaba (Unknown), Ondrej Kudela (Nose Injury), Simon Deli (Coronavirus)

Doubtful: None

Form Guide

Arsenal come into this game on the back of a 3-0 loss to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool last Sunday, and sit 10th in the English Premier League.

A second-half brace from Portuguese forward Diogo Jota and a goal from Egypt international Mohamed Salah sealed the deal for Liverpool.

Last six games: LDLWWD
Latest outing: Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool, 03/04

Slavia Prague, on the other hand, drew 0-0 against Richard Dostalek's Zbrojovka Brno last Sunday in the Czech First League.

Slavia Prague had young goalkeeper Matyas Vagner sent off in the first-half.

Last six games: DWWWDW
Latest outing: Brno 0-0 Slavia, 04/04

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Prediction

Winning the Europa League is Arsenal's most realistic chance of qualifying for Champions League football next season.

Mikel Arteta has a talented squad to work with, and the addition of Martin Odegaard, on loan from Real Madrid, in January could prove to be the difference-maker.

Slavia Prague, on the other hand, are at the top of the Czech First League table.

The form of Jan Kuchta and Abdallah Sima has been crucial for them in the league, and they could prove to be crucial against Arsenal as well.

Arsenal will be the favourites to triumph here.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Slavia Prague

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