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Arsenal vs. Vorskla Poltava: the European campaign begins

The Gunners are expected to get three points at home today.

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Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign today, hosting Ukrainian club Vorskla Poltava at the Emirates.

The Europa League is a mixed bag, featuring strong sides that could hang in the Champions League as well as smaller teams like Vorskla. Arsenal have never played the Ukrainian club before, and they are expected to take the three points today, especially since they will be playing at home.

From the city of Poltava, about 150 miles east of Kiev, Vorskla finished their previous season of Ukrainian Premier League football in third, but sit fifth in the table now after a few rough matches away from home. Given their away form, Arsenal shouldn’t have any trouble beating them at the Emirates.

Unai Emery plans to give Bernd Leno the start in goal, and Lucas Torreira and Stephan Lichtsteiner are expected to start as well. There are no new injuries for Arsenal to worry about, but Emery may rotate his players across the board in order to keep everyone healthy for Arsenal’s Premier League matches. Vorskla will be a little short at striker, with Yuriy Kolomoets unlikely and Denis Vasin unable to play, and they will also be missing midfielder Vladimir Odaryuk.

WHAT: Arsenal vs. Vorskla Poltava

WHEN: Thursday, September 20th, 2018 12 PM PT | 3 PM ET | 8 PM BT

WHERE: Emirates Stadium, London

US TV: Paid streaming on the Bleacher Report Live platform or app. A Spanish language broadcast is available on UniMas.

As a reminder, apart from the final, no Europa League matches will be televised in the US this season. Matches cost $2.99 to watch individually, $9.99 per month for every match from the Champions League and the EL live and on-demand, or $79.99 for the entire season.

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