Crvena zvezda vs Arsenal by Isaiah
Crvena zvezda started their Europa League campaign with a 1:1 home draw against BATE Borisov in a game where they could have easily earn all three points, but the side especially surprised in second round when they managed to get a victory away in Germany against Koln with narrow 1:0 result. There was no doubt that they were better in the first halftime and had initiative till they scored the opening goal in 30th minute via Boakye, as the Serbian team slowly played more and more defensive as the time progressed surely being satisfied with the lead already.
They had some luck as well, with the German team being way better in the second halftime and had three posts overall during the match. As for now, the team is at second position with four points earned and in case they get something out of the match against Arsenal, it would be only extra plus in their already good record and will boost the chances of reaching the knockout stage. As for the domestic league, they lead the table coming from 4:0 home victory over Macva having now four points more than second placed Partizan.
Defensive midfielder Branko Jovicic (3/0) is injured and remains sidelined for more than two months now.
Arsenal even though they have played with a rotated squad both first two matches, have managed to come out with all six points following 3:1 victory at home over Koln, but also a 4:2 three pointer on the road against BATE Borisov in second round. There's no doubt that the club as a whole is much more interested into Premier League competition, however they do stand out as one of the favorites not only to win this group, but to progress into the sole ending of the competition.
As for the Premier League, the Gunners can't be satisfied with their form so far, coming from a 2:1 defeat away from home against Watford last weeekend. They are now only at sixth position with modest record of four victories, a draw and three defeats, being already nine points below leaders from Manchester City. They will be playing away to Everton on Sunday so further rotation is more than expected for this one.
Surely that they will once again rotate the squad knowing that they remain favorites, as the team misses midfielders Santi Cazorla (no performance this season), offensive Danny Welbeck (8/3) and defenders Shkodran Mustafi (5/0) and Calum Chambers (1/0) due injuries. Doubtful and probably not that worth of risking for this one remain forward Alexis Sanchez (5/0), defenders Laurent Koscielny (5/0) and talented Krystian Bielik (no performance so far for the first team).
The game itself doesn't necessarily needs to be very open one, but I expect goals from both teams. Arsenal remains a favorite and will surely come for all three points, but the hosts have shown pretty decent attacking potential and surely will aim to threaten the opponent in front of own fans. English side is a favorite, but with a rotated squad I see them being vulnerable as well and my first choice goes with goals.