Posted on October 18, 2017 by ADMIN

Crvena Zvezda v Arsenal Match Preview, Line-up and betting tips

Arsenal are set to travel to Serbia on Thursday for their third group game of the Europa League, as they look to uphold their 100% record in the competition this term. Zvezda are in top form in their domestic league, winning 10 of their 12 matches thus far, and remain unbeaten in the group at present. Arsenal are not enjoying such a flourishing campaign domestically, but with two wins from two they will be keen to keep up their run in Europe, and all three points today would all-but seal their place in the knock-out stages of the competition.

The North London side’s manager Arsene Wenger will be keen not to lose, having come under pressure thanks to a painful loss to Watford on Saturday evening, but the 67 year-old wont allow himself to prioritise Thursday’s encounter over Sunday’s Premier League tie with Everton, in which a failure to win would almost completely rule out our chances of challenging for the title, and will ultimately leave us with a big task in qualifying for the Champions League next term, through our league standing at least.

The Gunners will be expected to field a similar team to that which took on BATE Borisov last month, with some lesser experienced players being brought into the fold as part of Wenger’s rotation policy. Both Reiss Nelson and Maitland-Niles were left out of the starting line-up for the Under 23 side this week, and look certain to be involved in Belgrade. One player who may get an unlikely look in is Alexis Sanchez, having missed the weekend’s loss to Watford, but I expect he would be given further rest and kept in line to return against Everton come Sunday.

Predicted XI:

Ospina
Holding  Mertesacker  Monreal
Nelson  Elneny  Willock  Maitland-Niles
Walcott  Wilshere
Giroud

The majority of this side proved in travelling to Serbia that they had more than enough to come away with a well-earned victory, although the performance was far from perfect as they shipped in two goals.

Theo Walcott was in his element as he is on many midweek occasions, and he is a great shout to open proceedings once again this week. The speedster has racked up countless numbers of goals in Carling Cup, FA Cup and European encounters with many of those being held between Monday to Friday, and I believe his best performances may well come in evening encounters. The 11/2 (6.5) available for him to open the scoring looks great value to me, or you could go all-out for Theo to bag two goals on the night at a tasty 9/1 (10.0).

If you prefer to delve into the anytime goalscorer markets, I wouldn’t put you off investing in Per Mertesacker to add to his goal against the Hornets. The big German is deadly in the air, and at 10/1 (11.0) could profit you some tidy earnings should he manage to find the net in successive outings.

The banker of the evening however will surely be for an Arsenal win, with both teams to score. The Gunners to win and concede is available at 5/2 with Bet365.

Belgrade are no slouches at home, and in fact their defensive record in the Serbian Super Lig has seen them concede only one goal at home since the campaign begun, but their domestic championship is not quite on par with the Premier League, and I would be very surprised if we were to fail to score at least two goals. The 8/11 (1.73) on offer for us to score more than once is a little short for my betting tastes, but might be worth adding to an accumulator of sorts.

One outsider single which might be worth a shot is for Arsenal to be trailing at the half-term interval, and walk away with victory. This is one of my favourite bets due to the price, and the difficulty in predicting it correctly. I’ve landed it a number of times, and I’ll be wagering a few pennies on this outcome also. For those less experienced gamblers the market is called ‘Half-time full-time’ and the prediction will state ‘Belgrade-Arsenal’. This is currently priced at 20/1 (21.0).

What are your predictions for Thursday night’s Europa League tie? Should the weekend have dented my confidence in our side?

Pat J

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10 thoughts on “Crvena Zvezda v Arsenal Match Preview, Line-up and betting tips

  1. gooner23

    What surprised me on saturday ( or maybe not knowing our fans) is that everyone was questioning why didn’t Wilshere come on sooner to make a difference. I think the actual mistake was walcott not coming on for Welbeck. Once Welbeck and Lacazette were replaced by Ozil and Giroud, Watford were able to play higher up the pitch as we obviously had no pace whatsover in our forward line. I hope Theo does well tomorrow, seems like Wenger doesn’t really fancy him at all in this formation which really makes me wonder why didn’t he sell him in the summer and buy a player with similar qualities to him ( fast, reliable goalscorer, a player who actually wants to make runs off the ball).

    2-1 to the Arsenal (Walcott, Giroud)

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    1. Sue

      Was really surprised why Giroud came on… What has Lacazette got to do to play the full 90 minutes!! Yes I hope Theo does well too & puts an end to all the doom & gloom…. at least until Sunday anyway!!

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      1. McLovin

        Wenger needs to keep his first born son Olivier Giroud, of the house Wenger, happy.

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  2. arsenal4life

    Losing in Belgrade would not
    prevent Arsenal qualifying.
    A win though would all but seal
    a place in the round of 32
    This would allow even more rest and rotation.
    Everton will need to play their best 11 as they are
    bottom of their group and play a decent Lyon side.
    Then they have to back up 3 days later with much the same squad.
    Koeman could be gone by Monday.

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  3. Imran

    Koeman knows how to gun down Arsene’s tactics. He has decent record against Arsenal under Arsene. I wish we could do better but i don’t trust arsenal to win away games this season. How can’t on this earth we can score 3+ goals. We have all the ingredients to be successful. The only change i would say is tactical changes against the teams we are playing against. Hope to see changed arsenal for sure.

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  4. Salmonella

    As the season progresses, I think the Europa will become our priority if we are to keep our CL qualification alive

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  5. Pneyi

    I reckon wenger is trying to sabotage Arsenal.. Always creating new problems to replace expired problems.. Before now the striking position was our major problem after van persie left, now he finally spent 50+ million pounds on a striker then our midfield Is in its worst state ever in the history of Arsenal that I’m aware of.. Creativity is next to zero, playing like pregnant women in the midfield, so atrocious a midfield to watch.. Now Ramsey Is looking like Zidane in that midfield when Ramsey not playing we look like a training team.. It’s tiring as a fan to watch our club continue in this madness for no reason..

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  6. Khalid

    The funny thing is…thats probably the defense line going to play against Everton too

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  7. Imran

    I wish we win Europa league and say good bye to our fine old man. I am fed up of seeing Arsenal going down season after season. How Spurs, Everton and chelsea improved over the years. We are pegging back. How Man City is playing our beautiful game. I wish Stan Kroenke sell to Usmanov or any other tycoon.

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  8. Arsenal_Girl

    That lineup does not fill me with a lot of confidence

    Good and Defense is good but everything else is players without much playing time against a full first team who are used to playing together. except for Giroud and Eleny maybe. Wilshere, Theo in attack and Wilock, Niles, Nelson at RWB?

    We are not guaranteed to win this. It’s away too. I would put out (if healthy) maybe Alexis, maybe Ramsey

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