Arsenal's Europa League campaign gets underway in Austria tonight and we're expecting them to grind out a win.
We've got a quick preview as well as all of the relevant betting facts & figures so that you can make well-informed picks.
Only one of Arsenal's eight games in all competitions this season has featured more than three goals, and that was a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool with a late Diogo Jota goal which didn't have much effect on the outcome that night.
Arsenal's Austrian opposition Rapid Wien ended up second in their last UEL group stage campaign, with every home match - along with the Round of 32 home leg - seeing at least one team fail to score in matches producing under 2.5 goals.
There is likely to be a full debut for Thomas Partey, the Gunners' Ghanaian marquee signing in midfield, who featured briefly off the bench in Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Man City last time out in the Premier League.
Eddie Knetiah is also in line for a start, the England U21 star has scored in five of his last ten games for club and country.
🔮 Likely starting XIs
🔵 Rapid Wien (4-2-3-1):
Strebinger; Stojkovic; Greiml, Hofmann, Ullmann; Ljubicic, Petrovic; Arase, Fountas, Demir; Kara
🔴 Arsenal (4-3-3):
Rúnarsson; Cedric, Luiz, Gabriel, Kolasinac; Elneny, Partey, Maitland-Niles; Pépé, Nketiah, Saka
🔑 Key facts
- Only one of Arsenal's right matches in all competitions this season have featured three or more goals.
- At least one team failed to score in Rapid’s last six UEL games across all venues, with the Austrian outfit averaging 1.33 goals conceded beyond the hour mark.
- Taxiarchis Fountas has scored seven goals in all competitions for Rapid this season already.
- Arsenal has conceded just once inside the opening half-hour of play across their last 17 UEL away matches - excluding neutral venues.
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