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Arsenal v 1. FC Köln – will Arsenal take the Europa League seriously?
Arsene Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal for 20 years but fort the first time, last season resulted in a finish outside of the top four. This meant that they did not qualify for the UEFA Champions League. He signed a new contract at the club and this annoyed fans.
He only signed Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolašinac in the transfer window, despite his main opponents spending substantially more. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also departed for Liverpool as he looks to play more in his favoured midfield role.
Alexis Sanchez is still an Arsenal player. The Chile international wanted to move to Manchester City but was not allowed to move to a direct rival and it is likely that he will leave on a free transfer next summer. Mesut Ozil’s contract is also running out.
Arsenal are rated as the second favourites to win the Europa League trophy. They are at 7.00 in the season bets, while Milan are 6.50 and currently favourites. Tipbet’s season bets cover all major European and international competitions.
The Gunners should finish top of Group H and they will have to get past Red Star Belgrade, FC Köln and BATE Borisov if they want to get into the knockout round. They will do this by finishiong first or second place.
Both Koln and Arsenal were fifth place in their leagues – the Bundesliga and Premier League. The Germans have been in poor form this season, and are rock bottom of the Bundesliga table, losing three matches and scoring just the once. They should still not be ruled out of having an impact in Group H.
Thursday night’s match has 62 top odds markets at online sports bookmaker Tipbet. The hosts have the pre-game odds in their favour and are 1.45 to begin with a victory that would put them in control of the group. Their expected dominance is also shown in the Double Chance market, which covers both a home win or a draw. Cologne can be backed art 7.00 to get a shock win, while all further odds markets are available here.
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