Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal prediction: How will Europa League fixture play out tonight?


Arsenal could hand a full debut to big-money summer signing Thomas Partey when they face Rapid Vienna on Thursday night.

The two sides meet in the Europa League group stage and rotations are likely for the Gunners.

A weekend defeat to Manchester City hasn’t halted the overall feeling of optimism over Arsenal’s season and their progress under Mikel Arteta.

The Austrian side are unbeaten domestically at the start of this season and will feel they have a big chance of progressing into the knock-out stage ahead of Dundalk and Molde.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

When is the match?

The game kicks off at 5.55 pm on Thursday, 22 October.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2. Subscribers can also stream the match via the BT Sport website or app.

What is the team news?

Arsenal are likely to keep Bernd Leno in goal, but the defence could see changes with Sead Kolsinac expecting to replace Kieran Tierney at left centre-back. David Luiz and Gabriel are also likely to start alongside the Bosnian with Bukayo Saka staying in his left-wing back spot.

Saka was directly involved in more goals in the Europa League last season than any other Arsenal player and will be hoping to maintain his form this year. Ainsley Maitland-Niles could also replace Hector Bellerin.

Thomas Partey came off the bench to make his debut when the Gunners played Manchester City but managed to pick up a booking in just seven minutes of play. 

Rapid Vienna have a number of injured players, meaning the side will have to do without Tamas Szanto, Philipp Schobesberger, Christopher Dibon, and Dalibor Velimirovic. However, they have been in excellent form in the Austrian Bundesliga and are one of only three unbeaten teams in the country’s top flight.

Predicted line ups

Arsenal: Leno, Kolasinac, Luiz, Gabriel, Matland-Niles, Partey, Elneny, Saka, Nketiah, Nelson, Lacazette.

Rapid Vienna: Strebinger, Stojkovic, Hofmann, Barac, Arase, Grahovac, Ljubicic, Ullmann, Murg, Kara, Fountas.

Odds

Arsenal – 8/15

Draw – 3/1

Rapid Vienna – 5/1

Prediction

Even with changes the Premier League team should be too strong. Rapid 0-2 Arsenal

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