Arsenal vs Cologne: Gunners should ease past struggling visitors
Odds: Arsenal 3/10, Draw 4/1, Cologne 17/2
Kick Off: 2005, 14/09/2017
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Arsenal drop down to the Europa League for the first time since losing the 2000 final on penalties to Galatasaray and are expected to prove a class apart in Thursday’s clash with Cologne.
With a Premier League trip to Chelsea coming just three days later, Arsene Wenger may opt to make a few changes at Emirates Stadium.
However, he does have plenty of options, especially up front, and we’re on the Gunners at 87/100 to win by more than one goal in our Arsenal vs Cologne betting predictions.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal will definitely be without Laurent Koscielny, who is suspended after being sent off in last season’s 5-1 Champions League home loss to Bayern Munich.
However, they did receive a welcome boost to morale when cruising to a 3-0 domestic defeat of Bournemouth on Saturday, having previously lost to Stoke and Liverpool.
A quick look at the bench for that match highlights how many attacking weapons Wenger has to call on, with Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi failing to make the starting line-up.
With Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette helping to demolish the Cherries, the Gunners should have the strength in depth to give this competition a real go.
The Gunners are 9/10 to lead at half-time and full-time and we’re adding that to our Arsenal vs Cologne betting tips.
A Look At Cologne’s Betting Odds
Peter Stoger steered Cologne back into Europe for the first time in 20 years as they finished a fair fifth in the Bundesliga, although they were 13 points adrift of Hoffenheim in fourth.
The Billy Goats suffered a huge blow when losing 25-goal top scorer Anthony Modeste to China for more than £30million and £15million replacement Jhon Cordoba has yet to fill the void.
Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Augsburg left Cologne bottom of the German table after a trio of defeats and they must travel to Borussia Dortmund over the weekend.
Looking at the Arsenal vs Cologne odds, we like 23/4 for the Gunners to cruise to a 2-0 triumph.
ARSENAL 3-0 Bournemouth – Danny Welbeck (2), Alexandre Lacazette
Augsburg 3-0 COLOGNE
Head-to-head: Cologne 1-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-1 Cologne
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