Our football match prediction:
After 13 years of absence, Crvena Zvezda returned to the group stages of the Europa League. The Serbian side kicked off their campaign with a 1-1 draw with Bate Borisov at home and they did well to beat Koln on the road in their second group game. The Crveno-beli are brimming with confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match against Arsenal and, no doubt, they will face the Gunners at packed Stadion Rajko Mitic. Seeing that Arsene Wenger is likely to mix the squad against Crvena Zvezda, we predict that the hosts are going to grab something from the match. A man to watch in the home team will be Ghana international Boakye, who has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this term. Arsenal did well to beat the likes of Koln and BATE in the first two group games, meaning that they would be happy with one point from Thursday’s showdown as well.
Highlighted Player (Guélor Kanga):
Over the years Guelor Kanga has established himself as one of the best players in the Serbian Super League. The Gabon international has been playing the key role in Crvena Zvezda ever since he joined the club in the summer of 2016 and he helped the Serbian side book their place in the 2017/2018 Europa League group stages. Kanga scored a wonder goal in the Europa League play-offs, return leg, against Krasnodar and, as a result, he has become the fans’ favourite. The pacey midfielder started his senior career at Mangasport and he played for the likes of Missile, Mounana and Rostov as well before joining Crvena Zvezda. Kanga is well known for his brilliant passes and his technique is marvelous as well. The Crvena Zvezda midfielder represented Gabon at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and he played for his homeland at the 2017 tournament as well. His main position is attacking midfield, but he is used as a winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title. Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since. Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.