Arsenal v CSKA Moscow Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 02, 2018
Emirates Stadium - Europa League
Arsenal welcome Russian side CSKA Moscow to London this week, with Arsene Wenger's side still in the hunt for Europa League silverware this season.
These two sides faced each other in the group stages of the 2006-07 Champions League, with a 0-0 draw at the Emirates.
CSKA won 1-0 in the return game in Moscow, with Daniel Carvalho scoring the winner.
Arsenal will be without striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is ineligible for the Gunners in Europe this season. French international Alexandre Lacazette is likely to step in for him.
Goal keeper Petr Cech is also set to miss out due to a groin problem, with David Ospina continuing to deputise in goal. Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck will both have late fitness tests before the game.
CSKA are sweating on the fitness of key duo Alan Dzagoev and Ahmed Musa, who will both be assessed closer to kick off.
Arsenal v CSKA Moscow Predictions and Preview
Arsenal's hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League are fading fast, and winning the Europa League looks to be their only route to securing Champions League football for 2018-19.
They have recovered from a poor spell to win their last four games in all competitions, including an impressive dismantling of AC Milan in the previous round.
Given the pressure surrounding manager Arsene Wenger, they will go all out in this competition, and a win against CSKA should be pretty straightforward, priced at 1/3.
The Gunners have also been in good goal scoring form in recent weeks, scoring 11 in their last four games, and they should continue that on Thursday night.
Arsenal to win and and over 1.5 total goals to be scored in the match is good value at 4/7 .
Arsenal to win 3-0 at 15/2
Wenger knows that winning this tournament is the only way he can continue at the club, with pressure continuing to grow and grow regarding his future. The Russians are not the force of old, and Arsenal look set to finish the season strongly.
Alexandre Laczette to score first at 10/3
Lacazette came off the bench to score a penalty in the 3-0 win over Stoke at the weekend, and that will have really boosted his confidence. With no Aubameyang for Arsenal in this competition, and Welbeck potentially missing through injury, Lacazette will take on greater responsibility as he looks to add to his 10 goals for 2017-18.