Arsenal v FC Koln UEFA Europa League Predictions & Betting Odds – 14th September 2017

Gunners to land first Europa League win

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Arsenal v FC Koln Betting Preview – UEFA Europa League 14th September 8.05pm

Well, this then is a first for Arsenal. It is their first ever Europa League fixture and it should end up being a pretty easy one for them. It will be interesting to see how Arsene Wenger approaches these tricky Thursday night fixtures. How seriously will he take all this? Arsenal face up to German opposition then at the Emirates and will be hoping for much better than the last time that they played host to a Bundesliga side.

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Arsenal v FC Koln Betting Tips

The Gunners will be making their debut in the Europa League. The last time they were in the UEFA Cup was in 2000 when they reached the final. This will be Arsenal’s First game against Koln and in their last European home fixture, Arsenal were smashed 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen last season. They’ll probably have an easier time of things against this German side. Arsenal have played 36 games against German opponents before and their record from that reads W16 D6 L14 (W11 D1 L6 at home). However, their current home form against German sides is not great as they have lost five of their last seven on home soil against German visitors. The Gunners are favourites here though and in the bet365 correct score market, an Arsenal 2-0 scoreline returns a good price of 5/1. They probably won’t break out a big scoreline because there’s no need to push or overextend themselves, not with a game against Chelsea in the Premier League coming up on the weekend.

Olivier Giroud is the 20/21 outright favourite in the anytime goalscorer market for the Gunners. Koln had a great season with a fifth place finish in the Bundesliga last season but they have gotten off to a rough start in this campaign. They have lost all three of their games so far, netting only the one and conceding seven along the way. So right at this moment they aren’t up and running too well which should make Arsenal’s life easier. Köln’s record in 12 encounters with English clubs is W2 D4 L6 (D2 L3 in England). The Germans have lost just one of their last five European away games in a W3 D1 L1 record, but all of the games in that sequence were played back in the 1990s. This is the first time in 20 years that they have been in European action. Both of their previous group stage campaigns in Europe were in the UEFA Intertoto Cup and during one of those, and this will be music to the ears of Arsenal fans, they beat Spurs 8-0. This will probably go under 2.5 goals and at bet365 that fetches a price of 13/20.

Arsenal v FC Koln Betting Odds

Arsenal 3/10, Draw 17/4, FC Koln 17/2

Arsenal v FC Koln Predictions

Arsenal to win: Will the Gunners be at full strength? Hard to say what they will do, but they should have enough quality on home soil to take down a side who haven’t started their domestic season very well at all. Arsenal 2-0 in the correct score market has a degree of appeal.