Arsenal vs Ostersunds FK
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 22 February 2018
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Even though Arsene Wenger mixed up his cards resting some of his main stars in the first leg of the last 32 round tie in Sweden, the Gunners eased their way to a 0-3 victory to practically book their place in the next round before the rematch at Emirates Stadium.
Knowing that Arsenal have the League Cup final scheduled to be played on Sunday against Manchester City, we are certain that the French manager will send an entirely reserve lineup to tackle the Swedish outfit in the second leg on Thursday. We will thus likely not see Mesut Ozil or Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the rematch which should give room for some Elneny, Nketiah, Nelson or Maitland-Niles to make an appearance here.
This decreases the value of the 1.22 odds offered for the home win pick as Ostersunds FK will be highly motivated to fix the poor impression they had left in the first match at Jamtkraft Arena. The visitors are in obvious lack of competitive matches since the new Allsvenskan campaign will not begin before April.
Ostersunds did show impressive performances in the group stage of Europa League having ended above the likes of Hertha BSC after six matches. Nonetheless, it’s hard to see them doing miracles against Arsenal given that the Gunners have only shipped a single goal in three home matches in the group stage of the competition even though Wenger used a reserve lineup in these affairs as well.
Arsenal vs Ostersunds FK: Head-to-head
This will only be the second ever head to head encounter between these two sides.
Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil were on target in a 0-3 win for Arsenal seven days ago, while Papagiannopoulos scored an own goal to make the final score.
Arsenal vs Ostersunds FK: Prediction
Even though the bookies expect another high-scoring showing from the hosts, we’ll go for the Under 3.5 goals FT as the main pick set at the decent-value 1.66 odds.
The Gunners have no imperative to push hard in the rematch, while the visitors lack the quality to do much in the final third.