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Koln v Arsenal Europa League Preview

Posted on November 22, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal have the chance to officially seal their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday night as the Gunners travel to Koln.

The Gunners are currently top of Group H and six points clear of third-place BATE Borisov, who have a vastly inferior goal difference to the visitors.

However, a point at the Rhein Energie Stadion on Thursday would officially see Arsene Wenger’s side progress to the knockout stages of the competition.

The home side are enduring a night season at home and abroad. Peter Stoger’s side were one of the surprise packages in the Bundesliga last season. This time around though, they are rooted to the bottom of the German top-flight table, having picked up just two points from their 12 games.

Koln are also bottom of Group H. However, they have managed a win in European competition this season, unlikely in the German top-flight as they hammered BATE Borisov 5-2 in their last European outing.

Due to the open nature of the group below Arsenal, the victory against BATE means the German side can still qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.

Arsenal were always favourites to win this group and the Gunners are now in pole position to qualify from the group in a comfortable manner.

Red Star Belgrade held the Gunners to a goalless draw in their last Europa League game. However, the north London side will be highly confident of picking up a positive result in Germany.

Arsenal head into this clash on the back of an impressive 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Tottenham in the north London derby on Saturday. The Gunners produced a strong display. They will be hoping for a similar performance in this game.

The north London side have won both their Europa League games on their travels and few would bet against the visitors making it three away wins out of three in this clash.

Team News

Koln heads into this game with a number of players unavailable due to injury, including Marcel Risse, Jonas Hector, Dominique Heintz, Marco Hoger, Simon Zoller and Christian Clemens.

Arsenal boss Wenger usually rotates his squad in the Europa League. Santi Cazorla is ruled out due to injury, while Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud are both doubts for the clash. The likes of Eddie Nketiah, Matt Macey and Reiss Nelson could all start.

Betting News

Arsenal favourites to win this game at odds of 17/10, while Koln are odds of 7/4 and the draw is 12/5.

With both teams enjoying contrasting campaigns, an Arsenal win looks like the most likely outcome from this clash.

Will Arsenal record a victory in Germany?

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