Arsenal and Dundalk face each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash at Emirates Stadium in the Europa League group stages round 2.
This may be a new experience for the Gunners, but Dundalk have made the journey to north London before, facing Tottenham in the 1981/82 European Cup Winners’ Cup, with a second-half Garth Crooks goal deciding that fixture at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal will be looking to continue their winning start to their Europa League campaign when they host Dundalk at the Emirates on Thursday evening looking to retain their 100% record in Group B.
The Gunners started their 2020-21 Europa League campaign with a hard-fought triumph against Rapid Vienna.
The Irish outfit, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 home loss to Molde. Dundalk, though, face an uphill task in the Emirates Stadium clash, and they are unlikely to make a miracle in London.
Reason for Arsenal vs Dundalk Predictions:
- Arsenal lost just two out of 14 matches at the Emirates to date in 2020.
- Dundalk are competing in the UEL group stage for just the second time.
- Arsenal scored 10 goals in three group stage home matches in last season’s competition.
The League of Ireland outfit – competing in the group stage of the Europa League for only the second time – performed well in their match-day one loss at home to Molde last week, though a trip to play Arsenal at the Emirates represents a massive leap in difficulty.
With just two defeats in 14 competitive fixtures on their own patch since January 1st, Arsenal have enjoyed plenty of home comforts in North London in 2020.
As a result, the Arsenal win and over 3.5 goals market is favoured for Thursday’s tussle.
This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides in Uefa competition.
This could prove the ideal fixture for Arsenal to restore some confidence ahead of another tough assignment in the Premier League. Comfortable home win.
Our Prediction: Arsenal 4-0 Dundalk