Both Arsenal and Cologne will be looking to put poor starts to their respective domestic campaigns behind them when they meet in Thursday night’s Europa League match at The Emirates and it is the Gunners who are firm favourites for a valuable three points in this Group H opener…
Cologne are winless in 5 visits to England – Drawn 2, Lost 3
Arsenal have lost 5 of their past 7 home games against German opposition
8 of Cologne’s past 10 away games have gone over 2.5 goals
Thursday 14th September – 8.05pm
Arsenal v Cologne
Over 2.5 goals
@ 13 / 20
It seems likely that Arsene Wenger will rotate his team this week, particularly with a massive Premier League clash against Chelsea coming up on Sunday, while he will definitely be without the services of influential defender Laurent Koscielny through suspension.
The absence of Koscielny is always a cause for concern among Gunners fans but the hosts are still 1/3 for victory (Bet 365) as they prepare for their first ever appearance in the group stages of the Europa League.
It will be Arsenal’s first appearance in this competition since they lost the 2000 UEFA Cup final to Galatasaray and they should hit the ground running against Cologne, who are back in Europe for the first time in twenty years.
Peter Stoger’s Cologne have endured a torrid start to their German Bundesliga campaign as they have lost all three of their league games, shipping seven goals in the process. Over 2.5 goals looks like a solid bet for odds-on backers (13/20 with Bet Victor) and it is a punt that has paid out in eight of Cologne’s past ten away games in all competitions.
Both teams to score also catches the eye at 21/20 (Boylesports) as Arsenal have let in eight goals during their disappointing start to the Premier League campaign, winning two and drawing two, but there is a slight caveat to that bet as Cologne have gone 196 minutes without scoring a goal on the road in all competitions.
Posted: Wednesday, 13th September 2017
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