Arsenal v Cologne Betting Tips and Odds – 14/09/17

Arsenal v Cologne Betting Tips and Odds – 14/09/17

Arsenal v Cologne Betting Tips and Odds

In our Arsenal v Cologne betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal will want to start their Europa League campaign in a positive light, as they host Peter Stoger’s Cologne at the Emirates. Arsenal have had some truly upsetting setbacks in their opening four Premier League fixtures but they have another opportunity to shine in Europe, with this surely coming as an important priority. Cologne have had a dreadful start to their season, currently stuck as the only Bundesliga team to lose all of their games, leaving them stuck at dead bottom of the German first division, with worries over their ability to turn things around any time soon. These sides have only previously met twice, both coming in 1971 where they were competed in the now non-existent Fairs Cup. It was a narrow couple of games, where an extra goal scored at Highbury saw Arsenal come out on top.

The most notable tie between these two clubs is former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski, who came in from Cologne

The Gunners have been all-or-nothing in the league, winning and drawing two

As if there wasn’t enough problems in the last attempt, Arsenal have once again had a poor start to their respective campaign, losing two out of four of their four games played. It appears that the factors which made their situation so stressful last season still remain in full flow, with hopes that Arsene Wenger can do what he couldn’t in his last try, and get them back to being one of the strongest, most respected sides in the Premier League. A lot of fans wanted the experienced French manager to step down from his position but the club stood by a man who’d once offered Arsenal so much, allowing him to extend his stay at the Emirates to a minimum of two more years, where the decision has prompted an expected divide in opinion.

The signing of highly-rated striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon was a perfect one for Arsenal, as he joins a long list of successful French players to have entered the club. He also came in for under £60, which was an almost impossible task for most other clubs over this money fuelled transfer window. The Gunners opened up their league account with a narrow victory over Leicester City, then facing a devastating double defeat to Stoke City and Liverpool, but experienced a much needed confidence boost in their most recent Premier League game, hosting Bournemouth at the Emirates and winning by three goals to nil. Striker Danny Welbeck has come into the fold this season, where he’s looked hungry for goals, achieving three goals in four games.

Danny Welbeck achieved a brace in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Bournemouth

Last season’s fifth place finish is a distance from where Cologne are now

Coming into the Bundesliga in the previous season, many doubted Cologne’s ability to outdo the ninth place finish that they’ve achieved beforehand but Austrian manager Peter Stoger managed to carry out the impossible, pushing for a simply incredible fifth place in the Bundesliga. As with other regular mid-table sides like Hertha Berlin, Cologne took a majority of points on home soil, unnerving most sides they faced by conducting some faultless performances at the RheinEnergieStadion. It wasn’t to say that fifth was the perfect season for any team, but for a team such as The Billy Goats, it was far ahead of their usually stable aims. As with any enjoyable success such as this one, it’s been keeping it up that’s been the hardest challenge.

Attempting to remain consistent into this new term was something that Peter Stoger’s side upsetting just couldn’t do. Their opening game had them playing away to Borussia Monchengladbach, where it ended as a close 1-0 defeat. They then continued in a similar vein by finding defeat at the hands of Hamburg and Augsburg, leaving them in a precarious situation. Stoger’s side sit bottom of the Bundesliga side as the only side who’ve failed to take points in any of their three opening games, not helped by the departure of Anthony Modeste, who was one of the Bundesliga’s top strikers last season but opted for a big money move away to Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian over the summer.

Cologne’s poor start is hard to believe after their incredible climb up the league last season

Odds

If you want to back a moderately easy home win for Arsenal, they’re priced up at 2/5 on Betway. If you think this fixture will end as a draw, odds of 4/1 are available on PaddyPower. If you like an outside bet and want to go for Cologne to come out on top, BetVictor are pricing them up at 8/1 to win.

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Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 4/6 on Betfair) – BET HERE

Alexandre Lacazette to score anytime (Best priced at 1/1 on PaddyPower) – BET HERE

Check out our other Europa League Betting Previews HERE