Vorskla vs Arsenal
Vorskla will host Arsenal in a match from group E in EL. It will be held in Kiev, not in Poltava.
Vorskla aand Qarabag are last in the group with 3 points after they earned one win betwen themselves H2H, while against Arsenal and Sporting they lost their matches. Arsenal are the leaders with 10 points, while Sporting have 7 points. So, with a win in this game Arsenal will guarantee their leading position in the group, even if Sporting also beat Qarabag. The English team will save their 3 points advantage one round before the end, but have better H2H against the Portuguese club.
Vorskla are in very bad form in the Ukrainian league. They are in 4th position, but it's very blurring. 4th position is not bad at all till now, but there is a big difference between them and the leaders Shakhtar- 17 points. Infact Donetsk, Oleksandriya and Dynamo are way ahead of them in the table as points, while the 7th position Zorya, which are amongst the teams in the relegation play-off places, are only 2 points behind them. To sum up, Vorskla are much closer to the relegation play-off places in comparison with the leaders, so the chances to drop in the table are much higher. They also lost both of their home games in EL against Sporting with 1:2 and against Qarabag with 0:1. Vorskla will be without Vasin, Kravchenko and Kobakhidze.
Arsenal are the leaders and although they are treoretically qualified for the next round, they will want the top spot for sure. A win here will guarantee them the 1st place, so that they can use a team created only with youngsters in the last home game against Qarabag. Now they will rely on a team which is mix of young lads and experienced players, which absolutely have the quality to win in Kiev. Maybe they will give a chance to Nketiah to lead the attack after Aubameyang will be saved for Tottenham during the weekend, while Welbeck is injured and Lacazette is doubtful for this game. Also they will miss players like Mavropanos, Monreal and Koscielny. Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Ramsey and Nketiah have to take the leading roles tonight!
I expect Emery to use very balanced starting line-up and the big names in the squad to qualify Arsenal as leaders of the group before the final round. There is a quality gap between them for sure and it was obvious in the first game in London where Arsenal took 4:0 lead before the weaker last minutes of the match when Vorskla bounced back with 2 goals for the final 4:2. Now they don't have Welbeck and Auba to score, but have other options like Micki, Ozil, Ramsey and even the talented striker Eddie Nketiah. Away win from me!
Vorskla vs Arsenal prediction
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