Benfica vs Arsenal: Europa League tie could be moved to neutral venue

Benfica vs Arsenal: Europa League tie could be moved to neutral venue

There is no travel corridor between Britain and Portugal and if that remains the case a new venue will have to be found for the Gunners upcoming Europa League bout against the Portuguese side.

The first leg of Arsenal’s Europa League round of 32 tie against Benfica could be moved from Portugal due to current Covid regulations with Portugal being a top-tier infected country.

There is provision within UEFA protocols to rearrange the fixture – set for 18 February – to a stadium outside of Portugal. Be it as it may, Gunner’s supporters’ home and abroad can always bank on for best curated odds and predictions for Arsenal next outings.

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According to regulations introduced for the Europa League group stages onward, it would be up to Benfica to “propose a suitable alternative venue which may be in a neutral country.”

UEFA could step in if Benfica do not propose a new venue which is suitable for both teams and could choose where the game is played or when the fixture takes place.

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It is understood that while Arsenal see the relocation of the first leg as an option, they will await official government guidance at this stage.

The second leg of the tie is scheduled for the Emirates Stadium on February 25. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side crashed out of the competition at the round of 32 last season after losing to Olympiacos.

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Despite the Gunners below-par performance in the Premier League so far this season, the Gunners remains tipped amongst favourite for the Europa League trophy this season and ahead of their bout with Benfica, Arsenal stands at a whooping 2.87 odds with real money pokies for a straight win at Estádio do SL Benfica – Lisbon, come February 18.

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