Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal in the UEFA Europe League.
Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal Match Preview
Serbian side Fudbalski klub Crvena Zvezda or commonly known as Red Star Belgrade will take on the English Premier League Side Arsenal in the Europa League group stage match. This Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal match would be played on Thursday night at Rajko Mitić Stadium.
Red Star have made a return to the European group stages this year after a long wait. The local fans have high hopes of progressing to the next stage as their team picked up four points in the group so far. After a 1-1 draw at home against BATE, Red Star upset the odds by defeating FC Koln 0-1 away from home. Domestically too, they look good having won 10 of their opening 12 Serbian Super Liga matches and leading at the top by four points. Their recent form has seen the hosts win five of their last six matches and are confident of pulling off an upset against Arsenal. It is not beyond them, if they repeat the heroics against FC Koln on match-day two. Home side have good history European competitions. Red Star Belgrade were the champions of Europe in 1991 when they beat Olympique de Marseille in the final.
Arsenal fans are still getting to terms with the absence of Champions League and as such Europa League will not be their preference. They did, however, start with two consecutive wins in the Group stage. A 3-1 win at home over FC Koln was followed with a 4-2 win away from home over BATE. Nevertheless, the 2-1 loss to Watford in the Premier League left the Gunners nine points adrift the top placed Manchester City. Let alone winning the Premier League title, finishing in the top-four is looking a tough proposition for Arsenal this season. Will that prompt Arsene Wenger to prioritize Europa League, just the way Jose Mourinho did with Manchester United last season? Arsenal will play against Everton on Sunday, so their manager will probably make some changes and rest some important players for that game.
Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal H2H
These two teams played twice before but way back in 1978/79. Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal fixture ended 1-0 in favour of the hosts while the reverse fixture at Highbury was a 1-1 draw. Interesting fact is that Red Star’s defender Vujadin Savić is the son of Red Star’s legend Dušan “Dule” Savić who scored the goal against Arsenal at Highbery in 1978.
Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal Team News
Red Star Belgrade miss long-term injured Jovicic, while important midfielder Kanga is doubtful.
Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud started the weekend game on the bench but should be starting in this Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal fixture. Cazorla, Chambers, Mustafi and Wellbeck are all injured, while Koscielny and Sanchez are both doubtful. Update: according to the latest news Sanchez, Ospina, Ozil and Moreal stayed in London and won’t be in contention for this game.
Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal Probable Line-ups
Red Star Belgrade: Borjan, Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Savic, Rodic, Krsticic, Donald, Pesic, Ilic, Radonjic, Boakye.
Arsenal: Cech, Holding, Mertesacker, Debuchy, Nelson, Elneny, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Wilshere, Giroud.
Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal Predictions
Red Star Belgrade have scored 14 goals in their last six matches while Arsenal have score 10 times themselves. There should be goals galore in this fixture too, so over 2.5 goals in the match could be good betting tip for the match between Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal. Arsenal’s form in Europe this season augurs well for them ahead of this match although Wenger may rotate his squad. Backing Arsenal to win looks a good pick while Giroud to score anytime is an exciting betting prediction too, but betting on goals is the first choice.
Red Star Belgrade vs Arsenal Betting Tip: over 2.5 goals @ 1.80 (Bet365)