With 100% use so far, Arsenal faces this Thursday, October 19, the Red Star. With the leadership of group H of the Europa League 2017/2018 version, the game, which is part of the schedule of the third round, the last of the first round, begins scheduled for 15h (Brasília time) at the stadium Rajko Mitić in Belgrade , in Serbia.
The Gunners lead the group with six points. The Serbs are soon to follow with four. Third is Bate Borisov, with a point, followed by the disappointing Cologne, which has not yet scored. The top two finishers advance to the next stage.
The recent performance of the Red Star
The Serbs made their debut at home. They were in the 1 to 1 with Bate Borisov, of Belarus. However, they managed a significant result following a 1-0 win over Cologne in Germany. That gave the Red Star the hope of qualifying despite the team being considered the fourth key force before the ball rolled.
In the last game before facing Arsenal, the Red Star applied a thrashing in the Sabac. At home, he scored 4 to 0 in the match that counted for the thirteenth round of the Super League, the Serbian Championship. He had 31 points (ten wins, one draw and one defeat), leading the tournament to a four-point lead over Partizan. The team is undefeated at home. In six games, he won five and drew one. He scored 15 goals and suffered only one.
The good performance also extended to the Serbian Cup. The team secured their place in the last 16 by beating Dinamo Vranje 5-0. To face the reds of London coach Vladan Milojevic will probably only have one low. Midfielder Branko Jovicic (three matches in the 2017/2018 season of the scoreless Serbian Championship) is in the process of recovering from injury and should not be released to play.
The current form of Arsenal
The English side have looked disdainfully at the Europa League group stage. Even with mixed teams, they beat Cologne 3-1 in London and beat Bate Borisov 4-2.
For the departure of this Thursday, again coach Arséne Wenger should use the strategy of saving some of his players. However, this time he does not have many options to promote the cast relay, as Arsenal’s medical department is full. Defender Laurent Koscielny (five games in the 2017/2018 English League season, no goal), Krystian Bielik (no performances), Calum Chambers (no performances) and Shkodran Mustafi (five games, no goal) are in the infirmary; midfielder Aron Ramsey (seven games, one goal); and attackers Alexis Sanchez (five games, no goal) and Danny Welbeck (six games, three goals). They should undergo further evaluations to see if any of them can be made available to the coach.
The tendency, however, is that if they are not fully recovered they will be preserved so that they can better recover conditions aiming at the English Championship. On Saturday, October 14, Arsenal, away from home, was defeated, 2-1 by Watford and complicated their situation in the dispute.
With 13 points (four wins, one draw and three defeats) he ended up falling to sixth place. They are nine points behind Manchester City, the leader, and outside the European tournament qualification zone, although they have the same score as Chelsea, fifth place. The blues of the English capital take advantage when considering the tiebreaker criteria.
History of the matches between Estrela Vermelha and Arsenal
This will be the first match between teams.
PREDICTION: DRAW @ 3.75