The sides enter this second leg following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, with Bukayo Saka’s quickfire equaliser securing the Gunners a vital ‘away’ goal after Pizzi’s penalty in that fixture.
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Saka’s strike could be especially key due to Arsenal’s inconsistent form; Mikel Arteta’s players have suffered defeat in four of their last eight outings across all competitions, with a 1-0 loss to Manchester City in the Premier League marking their last result.
Benfica are 15 points behind leaders Sporting in the Primera Division, but have only lost three league matches this season.
Coronavirus travel restrictions mean that Thursday’s round-of-32 second-leg match is a ‘home’ game for Arsenal, despite them playing 2,000 miles away from London at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis in Piraeus, home of Greek champions Olympiacos.
When is the match?
The game kicks off at 5.55pm this evening.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on BT Sport. Subscribers can also stream the match via the BT Sport website and app.
Official line ups
Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Gabriel, David Luiz, Tierney; Ceballos, Xhaka; Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Saka; Aubameyang
Benfica: Helton; Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen; Goncalves, Taarabt, Weigl, Grimaldo; Pizzi, Seferovic, Rafa
Arsenal should have gotten more out of the first leg than a 1-1 draw, and they impressed at times against Man City last time out despite coming up short. They must build on those performances to avoid a slip-up here or even an arduous night involving extra-time. The latter feels almost inevitable, doesn’t it? Arsenal 1-1 Benfica (Arsenal to win in extra-time).