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Arsenal and Everton's contrasting Europa League fortunes to continue, predicts Charlie Nicholas

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Image: Charlie Nicholas previews Thursday night's action

Charlie Nicholas provides us with his predictions for the latest round of Europa League action.

Charlie's former club Arsenal can book their place in the knockout stages with a victory over Red Star Belgrade, having collected maximum points to sit top of Group H.

Everton, in contrast, sit bottom of Group E with a solitary point, meaning they need to win at Lyon to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Here's what Charlie is predicting for the two clashes...

Lyon v Everton (Thursday, 6pm)

Well, the tough games just keep coming at Everton and I think this is just one they'll have to write off.

I just don't see any chance of David Unsworth getting this job, not because he's not decent, but because you need to win football matches to get the job and I just don't see where the goals or the clean sheets are coming from.

Ashley Williams (No 5) clashes with Lyon players after a challenge on Anthony Lopes (in orange)
Image: Everton and Lyon clashed during the visitors' 2-1 win

It's tough to know who he is going to play and he might as well throw a few more youngsters in here, leaving Wayne Rooney and company at home to get them ready for the weekend.

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Memphis Depay is a show pony but these are the sort of games where he likes to show his ability, and I think Nabil Fekir and Mariano Diaz will give the Toffees a torrid night.

Charlie predicts: 2-0 Fekir to score first (22/1 with Sky Bet)

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Arsenal v Red Star Belgrade (Thursday, 8.05pm)

Belgrade weren't bad in the reverse fixture and clearly have some talented youngsters in their ranks, but Arsenal have quality in depth.

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It will largely be the kids mixed in with a few players looking to play their way into Arsene Wenger's thoughts for Super Sunday's clash with Manchester City.

It is awkward for Theo Walcott. I don't think Arsene Wenger trusts him and he isn't even getting off the bench in the Premier League now, so he really needs to consider his future.

Olivier Giroud scored a spectacular overhead kick to seal all three points for Arsenal in Belgrade
Image: Olivier Giroud's spectacular late overhead kick in Belgrade

I see another comfortable night even if Arsenal, even if the mass changes makes it more complicated than it would be otherwise.

Charlie predicts: 2-0 Walcott to score first (18/1 with Sky Bet)

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