Vorskla vs. Arsenal: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info for Europa Match

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Danny Welbeck of Arsenal celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 3-0 during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Vorskla Poltava at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Arsenal will be seeking to cement their place at the top of Group E in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, when they face Vorskla in Ukraine in their penultimate match of the round-robin stage.

The Gunners secured their place in the knockout stages last time out with a 0-0 draw at home to Sporting CP and need four points from their last two games to ensure they finish top ahead of the Portuguese side.

With FK Qarabag to come at the Emirates Stadium on Matchday 6, this is arguably the most testing of the last two fixtures. Vorskla are four points behind Sporting, but they can keep their hopes of qualification alive with a shock victory over Unai Emery's team.

Here are the odds for the game, the information needed on where to catch the action and a preview of what's to come at the Oleksiy Butovskyi Vorskla Stadium.

      

Odds

Vorskla win (77-19)

Draw (29-10)

Arsenal win (3-4)

Odds courtesy of OddsChecker

        

Date: Thursday, November 29

Time: 5:55 p.m. (BST), 12:55 p.m. (ET)

TV Info: BT Sport 2 (UK)

Live Stream: BT Sport website (UK), BR Live (U.S.)

        

Preview

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Volodymyr Chesnakov of Vorskla Poltava celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with his team mates during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Vorskla Poltava at Emirates Stadium on September 20,
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While Arsenal will be keen to top their group in this competition, the prospect of a north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday means a number of crucial players will likely be left at home for this encounter, especially with qualification secured.

Even so, this match will give players on the fringes of the squad and youngsters pushing for more minutes an opportunity to make their case.

One of those who has shone when given the chance in the Europa League this season is Emile Smith Rowe. He's turned out three times in the competition and got on the scoresheet for the first time for the Gunners in the win over Qarabag.

His goal against Blackpool in the Carabao Cup saw the 18-year-old join a select crop of players too:

Another set to start is Matteo Guendouzi, who has been usurped in midfield by Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira for Premier League games. He was also on target in the win against Qarabag, and while there are rough edges to his game, he has showcased a lot of potential.

The 19-year-old was recently called up to the France under-21 team and these figures from OptaJean illustrate why:

There will also likely be opportunities for the likes of Aaron Ramsey, who has struggled to break into the starting XI recently, and Stephan Lichtsteiner. Eddie Nketiah may also get a runout up front following the injury to Danny Welbeck.

Vorskla are massive underdogs for this encounter, but they showed they can be competitive in the game at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the campaign. They dug in for the opening half-hour, and although they conceded four times, they rallied late on to bring the game back to 4-2.

While the home supporters will be pumped up for this one, the team doesn't come into the match in good form, having lost their last three games in a row in all competitions.

The Gunners may have to hold off an early storm, but they have more than enough quality to win this one comfortably.

Prediction: Vorskla 1-3 Arsenal

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