Cologne vs Arsenal – 101 Great Goals prediction: Cologne 1-2 Arsenal
Thursday’s match provides Arsenal’s fringe players with another opportunity to stake their claim for regular first-team football.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is set to field a mix of youth and experience which should see Arsenal continue their unbeaten run in the competition.
Cologne come into the match as the bottom side in the Bundesliga with a goal difference of -19.
Cologne vs Arsenal: Who will win? Who will score first?
Cologne and Arsenal are rated completely equal to win this match, both at 13/8.
Draw at half-time and Arsenal to win looks like an attractive bet at 5/1.
Olivier Giroud, who already has a good record in this competition, is 9/2 to score the first goal.
Cologne vs Arsenal: Europa League preview
Group H leaders Arsenal travel to Germany to face FC Koln in their penultimate Europa League group stage clash on Thursday.
Arsenal have already sealed qualification into the round of 32 after winning three and drawing one of their four matches so far.
A draw would be enough for the Gunners to confirm top spot in the group.
In fact, if BATE Borisov and Red Star Belgrade draw in the group’s other fixture, Arsenal can lose on Thursday and will still be confirmed as winners of the group.
Cologne can still qualify
Despite being bottom of the group, Cologne are just two points off second place and can still qualify.
The Bundesliga side were brilliant in their last European match, beating BATE 5-2 at the RheinEnergieStadion. Simon Zoller, Yuya Osako (2), Sehrou Guirassy and Milos Jojic were all on target for Peter Stoger’s side.
Cologne’s 1-0 defeat at Mainz on Saturday keeps them rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga table with just 2 points.
Arsenal, meanwhile, were held to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates by Red Star last time out.
The Gunners were emphatic in Saturday’s North London derby, beating rivals Spurs 2-0 at the Emirates – although an entirely different side will be fielded on Thursday.
Arsenal began their Europa League campaign with a 3-1 win over Cologne in the reverse fixture in September. Alexis Sanchez, Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin were all on target in London.
Arsenal team news vs Cologne
Olivier Giroud could start up front for the Gunners if he can shake off a thigh injury which kept him out of Saturday’s North London derby.
Theo Walcott will be assessed as he recovers from illness.
A number of youngsters such as Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, Matt Macey, Chuba Akpom, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Joe Willock, Marcus McGuane, Ben Sheaf and Josh Dasilva were all omitted from Arsenal’s most recent under-23 match on Monday night, suggesting their possible involvement on Thursday.
Fringe players Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will also be involved.
David Ospina is likely to start in goal, while Petr Cech is given the evening off.
Cologne predicted line-up vs Arsenal
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