Arsenal FC travels far to Serbia to go up against a Red Star Belgrade side that are unbeaten in their last two opening games after they drew at home with FC BATE and also defeat struggling Bundesliga side Cologne.
The North London side have found the transition from Europe elite competition to the Europa League genuinely comfortable so far after the Gunners picked 6 maximum points in both of their opening two group matches.
Both clubs have confronted each other sometimes ago, not that any of the present playing squad from either side will recollect that match, as it occurred in the late 1970’s.
Arsenal were beaten 1-0 in Serbia before dealing with a 1-1 draw at Highbury in the second leg fixture, Red Star head into today clash as the slight form top picks after they won an impressive five of their last six matches, and only lost one.
Possible Red Star Belgrade Starting Line-ups (4-3-3):
Borjan; Stojkovic, Le Tallec, Babic, Gobeljic; Donald, Krsticic; Srnic, Pesic, Radonjic; Boakye
Possible Arsenal Starting Line-ups (3-4-3):
Cech; Holding, Mertesacker, Debuchy; Nelson, Elneny, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Wilshere; Giroud
Everton vs Lyon
Ronald Koeman faces the most imperative seven day stretch of his Everton career to date and another defeat to pick up maximum three points in the Europa League could even see the Dutchman thrown out of Goodison Park before the crucial weekend clash with Arsenal.
Everton sits bottom of Group E with a point from their last two opening games, but it has more been the way of the loss that has baffled the fans as the Toffees keep on looking toothless in every game, without innovativeness.
Lyon haven’t had the best since the start of the season, losing their star striker to Arsenal in the summer transfer window, and with only a point above Everton in Group E a win for the Toffees would likely see them move into second place and could even provide a safe platform for Koeman to save his job.
Both Everton and Lyon are not in good form, the French side have lost only one of their six matches and beat As Monaco at the weekend, while Everton managed to share the spoils with Brighton and have lost two of their last six matches.
These two sides have never met, Everton have only played one French side before, Lille amid the 2014/15 season where they got a comfortable 3-0 win at home and a goalless draw away.
Possible Everton Starting Line-ups: (4-4-2):
Stekelenburg, Holgate, Keane, Jagielka, Baines, Besic, Schneiderlin, Klaassen, Sigurdsson, Vlasic, Calvert-Lewin
Possible Lyon Starting Line-ups:(4-3-2-1)
Lopes, Tete, Diakhaby, Yanga-Mbiwa, Mendy, Tousart, N’Dombele, Traore, Fekir, Depay, Diaz.