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Probable starting lineups:
Cech, Debuchy, Neny, Holding, Nelson, Coquelin, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud
Borjan, Stojkovic, Savic, Tallec, Gobeljic, Srnic, Kanga, Donald, Krsticic, Radonjic, Boakye
Arsenal lead in Group H of this competition after three played rounds. They have collected maximal nine points and will qualify for the Europa League knockout stage if they avoid defeat on this match. The Belarus side Bate Borisov and Crvena Zvezda followed with four points, while Bundesliga outfit FC Koln are without points so far. The Gunners have started the European campaign with a 3:1 victory over FC Koln at home. Then followed winning match over Bate (4:2) and narrow victory against Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade (1:0). The only goal was scored by Olivier Giroud in the 85th minute of the match. The Serbians played with 10 men after Milan Rodic was sent off due to second yellow card. However, something else is important for my pick - Arsenal matches in the Europe League were efficient. The Gunners have scored on every match, while conceded on two of them. Since the last match with Crvena Zvezda, Arsenal achieved two victories in domestic competition. They managed to beat Everton (5:2) and Swansea (2:1). As You could see, Wenger's men scored and conceded on both games. The French manager will probably rotate the players for this match. Shkodran Mustafi, Danny Welbeck, Sead Kolasinac and Santi Cazorla will miss the game due to injuries, while Calum Chambers and David Ospina are doubtful.
Crvena Zvezda have only one victory so far. They managed to beat FC Koln in Germany and missed chance for better result against BATE at home. The Belarus side will be their main opponents for the second position in the group. The firs match in Belgrade played in September have finished with an 1:1 draw. Crvena Zvezda played three matches in domestic competition in the last ten days and won all of them. Their opponents were Mladost Lucani (2:1), Spartak Subotica (1:0) and Zemun (1:0). The atmosphere in the squad is positive, while the players confidence is high. Branko Jovicic and Ricardo Cavalcante will miss the match because of injuries. Milan Rodic is suspended because of red card he got in the last match with Arsenal. Srdjan Babic and Guelor Kanga are both one yellow card away from a suspension.
Arsenal vs Crvena Zvezda Prediction:
This is more important match for Crvena Zvezda in the battle for the second position in the group. Arsenal are superior on the first position. The Gunners are huge favorites and they will score without any doubt. But I also believe Crvena Zvezda are able to score at the Emirats. Wenger will rest his key defenders, while defenders like Neny, Holding and Nelson are young and inexperienced. I expect goals on both sides.
Arsenal vs Crvena Zvezda Pick: Both teams to score - Yes