UEFA Europa League, kick-off at 7:45pm Thursday 19th October 2017 from Crvena Zvezda Stadium
Arsenal are favourites for the Europa League points ahead of Red Star Belgrade on Thursday evening in a match played out in front of the BT Sport cameras from 6.00pm. There’s enough of a price available on the English side to give backers a healthy interest – but will Wenger send a strong squad, and will they get the desired result?
Just two of the questions answered in our in-depth preview, giving expert betting tips and predictions. Interestingly, Arsenal have never beaten Thursday’s opponents in competitive action, the head-to-head stats showing one win to the locals and one draw. Having said that, this will be the first meeting since 1978.
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Team News – Red Star Belgrade
The winner of this match will go on to win Group H, there’s little doubt about that. The pair already lead the way in one-two, Arsenal sitting in pole on six points from six, Crvena second on four. This stage of the competition has been accused of being boring in the past, but here we have a meeting of two undefeated teams who appear to be showing an interest in performing well and putting together a run of form.
The locals started out with a useful home draw with BATE Borisov, an opponent more than capable of qualifying. That was followed with a hard-fought 1-0 away win over FC Koln, again a side who would have gone into this set-up confident of pushing for prizes. The latter are already out of it, losing each of their first two, while BATE have a point on the board, meaning they need to win on Thursday, and ask Arsenal for a favour.
The locals have been written off, priced as the outsider of three in the match betting. 7/2 goes with the majority of firms if you want to have Crvena in your betting tips and predictions, while a draw is deemed a lot more likely at 11/4 across the board. William Hill are trading 4/9 on Belgrade scoring a goal, and that bet counts regardless of the winner of this match, or there’s 13/8 with the same firm if you expect them to draw a blank.
Team News – Arsenal
A perfect record of two from two, Arsenal have scored seven goals and conceded three so far. A 3-1 win over Koln in London got the ball rolling and although it was to be expected, The Gunners’ performance made punters sit up and take note. Wenger appeared to be taking things seriously, which is a real positive. They then went to BATE and whipped their opponents into shape, winning 4-2, thanks to strikes from Walcott x2, Holding and Giroud.
Arsenal do have the strength in depth to field a strong team in this competition and keep the bulk of their regular players fresh for the weekend. Finishing in the top-four of the Premier League has to be the club’s number one priority this season, but we saw from Man Utd last season that winning this offers managers a safe passage into the Champions League, and that can no longer be ignored.
Arsenal lost on league duty at the weekend, beaten 2-1 by neighbours Watford across London. Mertesacker had them ahead on 39 minutes, but a late fightback – goals from Deeney and Cleverley – turned the game on its head. The winner coming on 92 minutes, Arsene Wenger will be furious. A return to winning ways at the first time of asking is a must. Get on the away day at 4/5 (Betfred).
Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal – UEFA Europa League Tips and Betting Predictions
It’s refreshing to see a side like Arsenal take the group stages of this competition seriously and they will all but cement top-spot with a win here. It won’t come easy, and we’re keeping in mind they’ve never beaten Belgrade, but at 4/5 Arsenal are worth a place in your Thursday night football accumulators. That’s the NAP of our betting tips.
I do expect goals here and we’ll go 3-1 Arsenal in the correct score market as the next best of our predictions. William Hill are the bookies to get your money on if you fancy following our thinking there, with a market best price 14/1 available. Most of the competition are around the 12/1 mark, so be sure to get on with Hills.
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