Dundalk vs Arsenal preview: lineups, team news, predictions & more

Dundalk vs Arsenal preview: lineups, team news, predictions & more

⚕️ Team news

🔴 Arsenal

Thomas Partey is definitely out. A host of senior players will most probably be rested.

Gabi Martinelli is building up fitness with the U23s. David Luiz is a doubt.

🟢 Dundalk

Apart from Patrick Hoban (forward), the Irish side have no injury concerns.

🔮 Arsenal predicted lineup

  • Runarsson, Mari, Kolasinac and Pepe (set to miss the Burnley game as he's got to sit one more domestic game out, following suspension) seem to be certain starters.
  • Mustafi and Cedric are likely to start as well. However, the boss might as well choose Chambers and AMN.
  • We predict Elneny, Smith Rowe and Willock to be picked as a midfield trio but if AMN doesn't start as a full-back he's a strong candidate for a place in midfield as well.
  • We believe Balogun will earn his first senior start ahead of Nketiah.

🧮 Stats & trivia

(Opta via Sky Sports)

  • This will be the second European encounter between Dundalk and Arsenal, with the Gunners winning 3-0 on MD2 of this season's UEFA Europa League.
  • In all European competition, Dundalk are winless in seven matches against English teams (D1 L6), scoring two goals while shipping 24.
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in eight away major UEFA European games (W6 D2), their longest run since March 1995 (also eight in a row). The Gunners have never gone nine without a defeat on the road.
  • Dundalk have lost nine of their last 10 home major UEFA European matches (W1), losing four in a row in the Europa League since winning 1-0 against Maccabi Tel Aviv in September 2016.
  • Arsenal are looking to win six consecutive major UEFA European matches (excluding qualifiers) for the first time since November 2005.

📜 Form (all competitions)

🔴 Arsenal: LDWLWL

🟢 Dundalk: LWLWLW

🔮 Predictions

Malik Ouzia (Evening Standard): 1-3

"Arsenal have played with a swagger and confidence in Europe that has been missing from their league displays, and that is unlikely to change against on paper the poorest team in the group."

Daniel Lewis (Sports Mole): 0-2

"Dundalk have lost all five Group B matches while Arsenal have won all five. The Gunners may be struggling domestically, but they have looked far stronger in Europe and this should be another routine win."

AuthorEvgeniy KozhemiakoSourceTribuna.com