Sporting CP vs Arsenal – Europa League last 16 preview, TV channel, lineups and prediction

Arsenal will resume their Europa League journey with a round of 16 clash as they gear up for their first leg against Sporting CP.

Best of Bets takes a look at the preview of this game.

Sporting CP vs Arsenal Match Details

When: Thursday 9 March – 17:45 UK time kick-off

Where: Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon

Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)

VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)

Where to watch Sporting CP vs Arsenal in the UK?

Fans in the UK can watch the game on the BT Sport website, app and BT Sport 2 TV channel.

Sporting CP vs Arsenal Team News

Midfielders Daniel Braganca (knee) and Manuel Ugarte (suspension) are the only absentees confirmed for Sporting’s first leg against Arsenal. Hector Bellerin is fit to feature against his former club.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is expected to make wholesale changes to his team considering they are chasing a possible first Premier League title in 19 years.

Sporting CP vs Arsenal Probable Lineups

Sporting CP: Adan; Diomande, Coates, Inacio; Bellerin, Morita, Pedro Goncalves, Reis; Edwards, Paulinho, Santos

Arsenal: Turner; Tomiyasu, Holding, Kiwior, Tierney; Jorginho, Vieira, Xhaka; Nelson, Martinelli, Smith Rowe


Arsenal aren’t expected to field their strongest XI which makes this tie intriguing. Since they have had virtually the same lineup week-in week-out in the Premier League up till now, it is obvious Arteta will make wholesale changes that may give Sporting an advantage.

Sporting CP 2-1 Arsenal


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