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Arsenal vs. Sporting Lisbon: crunch time

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The first of two important games against our main Group E opponent.

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Arsenal play Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, in the first of back-to-back Europa League games that could see the Gunners take control of Group E.

After the first two group stage matches, Arsenal and Sporting are tied on points, with Arsenal first in the group thanks to goal difference. The two sides’ matches against each other will likely determine the group winner and runner-up, and as the runner-up can draw clubs like PSG in the first knockout round, both teams will be eager to walk away with the three points today.

Arsenal are very short at left back at the moment—neither Nacho Monreal nor Sead Kolasinac even traveled to Portugal thanks to pulled hamstrings, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles is still on the comeback trail with his broken fibula. We might see Stephan Lichtsteiner filling in on the left again, and the Gunners have also brought Carl Jenkinson with them. They are a bit healthier at centerback, but may play again without Sokratis, depending on how healed his ankle actually is.

WHAT: Arsenal at Sporting Lisbon

WHERE: Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal

WHEN: Thursday, October 25th 9:55 AM PT | 12:55 PM ET | 5:55 PM BT

**Note the starting time - because of Portugal’s time zone, the match is earlier than usual**

US TV: Paid streaming on the Bleacher Report Live platform / app. Spanish language broadcast available on Univision Deportes.

As a reminder, apart from the final, no Europa League matches will be televised in the US this season. Matches cost $2.99 individually, $9.99 per month for every match from the Champions League and the EL live and on-demand, or $79.99 for the entire season.

For all your international streaming needs, check livesoccer.tv - B/R Live is only available in the US. As always, please do not discuss links to illegal streams here.

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