Koln v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 20, 2017
RheinEnergieStadion - Europa League
Arsenal travel to Germany to face FC Koln on Thursday evening, with the Gunners requiring only a point to be certain of their place in the Europa League knockout rounds. After such an impressive win against Tottenham at the weekend, Arsene Wenger will hope that his team’s turned a significant corner.
This will be the fourth time the two clubs have met. Arsenal have won all three of the previous meetings, scoring nine times in the process.
September’s game between the sides saw ugly scenes that led to an hour delay, and despite going down to an early goal the Gunners recovered to win 3-1.
Koln have scored just 10 goals in 16 games across all competitions so far this season, with half of those coming in their last Europa League outing against BATE Borisov. Yuya Osako scored a brace in that game, and he’ll pose a threat to the Arsenal backline on Thursday.
Arsenal meanwhile have found the net 30 times, but Wenger usually chooses to rotate his forwards in Europe. Olivier Giroud has two goals in three outings so far in this competition, and he could start if he recovers from a knee problem in time. Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck could all come into the side, while Jack Wilshere’s likely to get the nod in midfield.
FC Koln v Arsenal Preview and Predictions
Few were giving Arsenal much chance of beating Spurs on Saturday, but Wenger’s men put in a superb performance to silence their doubters. They need to back this up with another decent showing to keep the momentum going and secure safe passage from Group H.
Despite taking the lead in the first game at the Emirates, it’s doubtful that Koln will offer much resistance. Die Geissbocke are yet to record a Bundesliga win so far this season, losing 10 of their opening 12 games. Don’t be surprised to see the German side sit back and do their best to soak up the Arsenal pressure, hoping for a chance on the break or at a set piece.
Somehow the bookmakers cannot separate the two sides in the betting. Both Koln and Arsenal are priced at 9/5 for the win, while the draw’s available at 13/5. This is surely because of the rotation policy which Wenger usually adopts in the Europa League, although his second string should have enough to see off an opponent which has lacked confidence all season. Expect the Gunners to see lots of possession, in a game where it’s crucial that they keep their concentration.
Arsenal to win to nil at 4/1
Back Arsenal to pick up the win as Koln fail to find the net for the eleventh time this season.
0-0 draw at 12/1
Or bet on the hosts to frustrate the Gunners in a goalless stalemate, which would still see Wenger’s men qualify for the knockout stage.