Kick-off: 2000, 20/09/2018
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Arsenal made it all the way through to the Europa League semi-finals last season and are hot favourites to start out this term by beating Vorskla Poltava in London.
Unai Emery looks sure to make changes from the team which has rattled off three straight Premier League wins but should have the strength in depth to cope.
The Gunners should really be a class apart, so 6/1 for a 3-0 home victory takes the eye for our opening Arsenal vs Vorskla Poltava prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal finished top of their Europa League group with 13 points last term and went on to see off Ostersund, AC Milan and CSKA Moscow in the knockout rounds.
Atletico Madrid ultimately proved too big a hurdle to overcome but there is every chance of the Gunners going far again this season.
Emery said: “We are going to change and use a lot of players for different competitions, but only thinking about the best performance for us to win on Thursday.”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lucas Torreira and Danny Welbeck came off the bench in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Newcastle, while Stefan Lichtsteiner, Rob Holding and Mohamed Elneny were unused substitutes, so there are good players to come in.
Arsenal fans are also set to get a first glimpse of new goalkeeper Bernd Leno, signed for £19.3million from Bayer Leverkusen during the summer.
Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), Sead Kolasinac (knee), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (leg) and Carl Jenkinson (ankle) remain absent for Arsenal.
A Look At Vorskla Poltava’s Betting Odds
Vorskla finished third in Ukraine’s top flight last season, but they were a long way adrift of big guns Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev.
Vasyl Sachko’s side are down in fifth after eight games this term and leading marksman Yuri Kolomets has been struggling with an injury.
Vladyslav Kulach has been in decent form going forward and Vorskla travel in fine spirits following back-to-back domestic victories.
However, Saturday’s stoppage-time strike by Ardin Dalku that settled the issue against Karpaty Lvov was only their second goal from five away fixtures.
The visitors have already lost on the road versus both of last season’s top two, so let’s add 12/5 for the Gunners to be 1-0 up at the break to our Arsenal vs Vorskla Poltava betting tips.
Newcastle 1-2 ARSENAL – Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil
Karpaty Lvov 0-1 VORSKLA POLTAVA – Ardin Dalku
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