This evening Arsenal U19s will take to stage in what will be an important match in deciding their fate in this season’s NextGen competition.
Terry Burton’s men lie in second place in Group 6, with four points and a game in hand over the group leaders Olympiakos, who have five points. However only two points separate top from bottom, so the complexion of the group could change significantly with one bad result.
Burton will be without commanding centre half Isaac Hayden, who was called up to England’s U18 squad ahead of their friendly against Italy. Highly rated left back Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill was also selected, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.
The defence is likely to consist of Hector Bellerin (RB), Martin Angha (LB) and a centre half pairing of Elton Monteiro and Sead Hajrovic.
Nico Yennaris, who has started all three of Arsenal’s NextGen games this season, will retain his place in midfield, alongside Jon Toral.
Ahead of them is likely to be Thomas Eisfeld, Kristoffer Olsson and Anthony Jeffrey, with Chuba Akpom or Nigel Neita as the lone striker.
The notable absentee from the attacking line-up is Serge Gnabry, due to his involvement with the first team in their Champions League match against Schalke.
Without a win since their opening day 3-0 dispatch of Marseille, Burton’s young guns will be desperate to replicate this result in France and earn themselves some breathing space, in what is an extremely tight group.