Europa League Preview

Arsenal and Everton are back in European action on Thursday, having enjoyed contrasting starts to their Europa League.

Arsenal top Group H after easing to victories in the opening two games and Arsene Wenger is looking for them to maintain their dominance in Belgrade as they take on Serbian giants Red Star.

“It’s the first time in 20 years we’ve been in the Europa League so we are now discovering the level. For us it’s a potential trophy to win but we also want to do well in all the other competitions we are in,” said the Frenchman.

Everton have not been able to replicate Arsenal’s form and are without a win in Group E and they face a huge test with French outfit Lyon coming to Goodison Park.

With pressure mounting on Ronald Koeman, he knows his side need to produce a performance.

“It is a really important game,” said Koeman. “We know the situation in the group – we need a win. We expected a win last time against Apollon Limassol but we were unlucky and they scored in the last few minutes [to draw].

“But you know that one point from two games means you need a win. You need three wins at home and try to pick up what you can away. The situation is that we need to win to get good possibilities to go through in this tournament.”

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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Everton 20:05 Lyon

Goodison Park

TEAM NEWS:. Phil JagielkaJames McCarthySeamus ColemanMichael Keane and Ross Barkley all miss out for The Toffees.
KEY FACT: Lyon have not won in their last four away matches in Europe
MATCH ODDS: Everton 8/5 Draw 12/5 Lyon 17/10
ANDY SAYS: A close game but I will side with Everton as they are at home…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: Not sure Everton have enough in them to win this game, so draw for me…1-1
SILKY SAYS: I have not been impressed with Everton at all so have to go with Lyon…0-1
BOYLESPORTS PICK: Lyon win @17/10
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Memphis Depay is available at 75p, if he can re-find his form then what a buy!

Red Star Belgrade 18:00 Arsenal
Stadion Rajko Mitic

TEAM NEWS: Mathieu Debuchy is set to play his first start in nearly 12-months as Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny have not travelled. Davide Ospina is not fit so Petr Cech will start in goal. 
KEY FACT: Red Star beat Arsenal in the 1978/79 UEFA Cup
MATCH ODDS: Red Star 15/4 Draw 13/5 Arsenal 3/4
ANDY SAYS: I can see Arsenal doing enough here and coming away with the win…1-2
GRAEME SAYS: Arsenal have played well in Europe and they will get a win…0-2
SILKY SAYS: A tough game for Arsenal and I think they might get held…1-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Granit Xhaka at less than £1 looks very good value

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