Arsenal v Ostersund Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 19, 2018
Emirates Stadium - Europa League
Arsenal welcome Swedish side Ostersunds to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, with a 3-0 lead from the first leg a week ago.
The clash between these two sides in Sweden last week was the first meeting between them, with the Gunners emerging as 3-0 winners.
Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal were on target for Arsenal in that game, along with a Sotiris Papagiannopoulos own goal.
Arsene Wenger may look to rotate his squad for this game, with a commanding 3-0 aggregate lead already established from last week's result, and an EFL Cup final date with Manchester City on Sunday.
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey and striker Alexandre Lacazette are both set to miss this game, and the final through injury, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible for his new club.
Wenger is likely to play some of his young stars in this game, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah and Rob Holding all set to start.
Ostersunds should have a fully fit squad to pick from for their trip to London, with manager Graham Potter having no fresh injury problems from the first leg.
Arsenal v Ostersunds Predictions and Preview
Arsenal have already established a firm lead from the first leg, and qualification for the last 16 should be a formality for Wenger's side on Thursday night.
Despite the likelihood of a weakened side being fielded by Arsenal, they should have little trouble in dispatching the Swedish side, with a home win priced at 1/4.
The Gunners have lost just once in Europe his season, and they face Ostersunds on the back of two losses in their last six games in all competitions, a run of form that should see them over the line.
With 15 goals in that run of games, Arsenal are in strong goal scoring form ahead of the visit of Potter's side, and they should be in the mood to get amongst the goals on Thursday night - with an over 2.5 goals bet priced at 4/9.
Arsenal to win 3-1 at 10/1
The away leg of this game was the first clean sheet Arsenal have kept in their last seven games, and with an inexperienced line up they could be susceptible to conceding. However they should have enough in attack to win the tie comfortably and progress to the next round.
Danny Welbeck to score first at 15/4
England international Welbeck has not enjoyed a huge amount of first team football this season, with injuries playing a real part in disrupting 2017-18 for him. However he is expected to lead the line again for Arsenal on Thursday in the absence of Lacazaette and Aubameyang.