Arsenal can preserve their perfect Europa League record with victory against Crvena Zvezda in north London on Thursday night.
Arsene Wenger's men have won each of their three Group G matches thus far and the Gunners are as short as 3/10 (1.30) to make it four wins from four in the competition with victory here; a win would guarantee Arsenal a place in the knockout stages.
The visitors, though, will provide a tough test as the reverse fixture earlier this month looked set to end goalless before Olivier Giroud's spectacular strike won it for Arsenal; Paddy Power go 8/1 (9.0) that the visitors reinvigorate their own chances of progressing to the next round with a famous victory, while the same firm go 4/1 (5.0) that the match ends in stalemate.
Arsenal have conceded the opening goal of the game in each of their last three matches and Paddy Power offer 13/5 (3.60) that the side from Serbia strike first, while they also offer 6/1 (7.0) that the Gunners are behind at the break - a selection that would have landed in each of Arsenal's last two home games.
The Gunners, with one eye on Sunday's trip to take on Premier League leaders Manchester City, will not be at full strength for this fixture, for Arsene Wenger has consistently fielded fringe players in each of the his side's previous three matches in this competition.
That means that Giroud, who has scored seven goals in his last eight starts in European competition may well be asked to lead the line again and is chalked up as an 11/4 (3.75) chance to score the opening goal of the game.
Vladan Milojevic's men may well see a point as a precious commodity in their bid to reach the knockout stages and Paddy Power offer 17/2 (9.50) that the visitors keep a clean sheet in north London, while the same firm quote 13/8 (2.63) that there are fewer than three goals scored in the game.
There have been goals at both ends in four of Arsenal's last five matches in all competitions and Paddy Power go 4/6 (1.67) that the trend continues in this clash, while the same firm are 6/4 (2.50) that the Gunners win a match in which both teams score.
That particular play would have landed in three of the last five matches that the hosts have won inside 90 minutes in all competitions and Paddy Power's 6/4 (2.50) quote could represent good value once again ahead of Thursday's tie.
|Both teams to score and Arsenal to win at 6/4 (2.50) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power|