Arsenal vs Qarabag
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 133 December 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
The fate of all four teams in Group E is known even before the final round fixtures. Arsenal will advance as group winners regardless of what happens on Matchday No 6 this Thursday, while Azerbaijani champions can only fight to avoid the rock-bottom being as many as seven points shy of runners-up Sporting Lisbon.
The Gunners saw off Sporting 0-1 on aggregate in their double headers in third and fourth round. They won remaining three matches against Qarabag and Vorskla (two) meaning they can’t be molested at the top of the group ladder.
Unai Emery has already mixed up his cards in Europa League so far in the campaign. The Spaniard will rest all of his first-team regulars for the well congested festive period schedule in the Premier League. This is why we will skip backing the hosts at 1.20 here even though they still head into this as heavy favourites. Smith Rowe, Ramsey and Willock were goal-scorers in Arsenal’s 0-3 victory away at Vorskla in the previous round.
Arsenal vs Qarabag: Head-to-head
Arsenal and Qarabag played each other just once so far.
It was in early-October this year when they locked horns in the second round of the competition.
The Gunners eased past their rivals 0-3 in Baku thanks to goals from Sokratis, Smith-Rowe and Guendouzi.
Arsenal vs Qarabag: Prediction
Qarabag suffered a demolishing 1-6 loss at home to sporting Lisbon last time out. They recovered with two convincing domestic wins over Kesla (5-1) and Zira (0-6), but they still trail three points behind leaders Neftchi after 14 rounds of the Premyer Liqa campaign.
They shipped 12 goals in five games so far in the competitions and come into this as massive underdogs. Emile Smith-Rowe took advantage of the chance to start Europa League affairs for Arsenal this term. He notched two goals so far in the competition and is worth backing to net anytime against Qarabag at the odds of 2.40.
Arsenal vs Qarabag: Bet Tips
Arsenal to keep a clean sheet @ 1.72 (8/11)
Emile Smith-Rowe to score anytime @ 2.40 (7/5).