Europa League Preview

Arsenal and Everton complete their Europa League group stages campaigns on Thursday.

Arsenal have already secured top spot in Group H, and they complete their campaign at home to BATE Borisov.

Arsene Wenger is going to use the match to continue giving his squad playing time.

“I have many players available who need competition,” said Wenger.

“Next week we go into a week with three games and so some players need competition, some experienced players. We’ll play quite an experienced team.”

For new Everton boss Sam Allardyce he will miss the final taste of European action for The Toffees due to a medical appointment.

First team coaches s Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson will be in charge for the trip to Cyprus to face Apollon.

Allardyce, though, has warned that they are not taking the game too serious.

“It is a dead rubber,” said Allardyce.

“I would suggest to the fans that if you are going to spend some money to go and watch them be mindful that I am going to send a team that is not going to be risking too many players who are going to be involved for Liverpool.

“It would be foolish of me to consider getting a player injured in that game and not have him available. I have too many injuries already.”

See below for a run-down on the games, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, leading agent Barry Silkman and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey  together with everything you need to know from the bookies – with BoyleSports’s Leon Blanche.

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Apollon 18:00 Everton

GSP Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Seamus ColemanMichael KeaneRoss BarkleyPhil Jagielka, James McCarthy and Sandro Ramirez have all stayed in England.
KEY FACT: Both teams are already eliminated
MATCH ODDS: Apollon 11/10 Draw 13/5 Everton 12/5
ANDY SAYS: Everton will win this, they should respond to Big Sam…0-2
GRAEME SAYS: Everton don’t need to win but I think they might…1-2
SILKY SAYS: Neither team with anything to play for so has to be a draw for me…1-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Wayne Rooney is still near the top 100 on the INDEX at just over £1  

Arsenal 20:05 BATE Borisov
The Emirates Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Olivier Giroud, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are all set to start for Arsenal
KEY FACT: BATE qualify if they win and other game in group is drawn
MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 4/9 Draw 15/4 BATE 6/1
ANDY SAYS: Comfortable home win, don’t see it any other way…4-0
GRAEME SAYS: Arsenal win, no doubt…3-0
SILKY SAYS: You can’t see anything other than an easy Arsenal win…4-0
BOYLESPORTS PICK: Arsenal win @4/9
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Jack Wilshere is available at £1.35 and looks a bargain

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