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Arsenal v Ostersund Prediction & Betting Tips – 22nd February 2018

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Arsenal v Ostersund UEFA Europa League, 22nd February 7.45pm

It is advantage Arsenal in the tie now after the Gunners landed a big 3-0 win out in Sweden in the first leg. Ostersund who are in their debut European season and who are the first side from Sweden to make it to this stage of the Europa League, got horrible stage fright in the first leg and now have an absolute mountain to climb back in London.

Arsenal v Ostersund Betting Odds*

Arsenal 1/4, Draw 11/2, Ostersund 12/1* (Betting Odds taken on February 16th, 2018 at 6:24 p.m.)

Arsenal News and Form

If the Gunners were to blow this tie from here, Arsene Wenger would probably be shown the door. Arsenal are well in control with a 3-0 lead to defend back at the Emirates on Thursday night. They would probably have been surprised about just how comfortable that first leg was out in Sweden and they will be expected just to coast through this fixture now. The goals in the first leg came from Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil, with their Swedish opponents putting through their own net as well. Arsenal to win to nil in the second leg is 19/20 odds at William Hill* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 5:36 p.m.). The Gunners will have been well rested for this as they didn’t play on the weekend however, they face up to Manchester City in the EFL Cup Final on Sunday so probably won’t send out their strongest starting eleven and don’t need to. The Gunners are unbeaten in their last eight home games in all competitions and in the William Hill Correct Score market an Arsenal 1-0 is at 15/2* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 5:36 p.m.) and has some appeal as Arsenal can cruise.

Ostersunds News and Form

So it is a tall order for Ostersund now in this tie. Going into that first leg they hadn’t lost a home game in Europe. This is their first ever European campaign though, but they were doing so well but they couldn’t handle the big occasion and just turned in a bit of a shocker including missing a penalty which was a golden chance to make an impact in the tie. The Head Coach of Ostersund, who were only formed in 1996, is Englishman Graham Potter who has led the club to three promotions since 2010 and this was their big moment and they didn’t show up. Their striker Saman Ghoddos did look something of a threat for them and against what may not be the strongest Arsenal line up is a 7/2 option in the William Hill anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds taken on February 18th, 2018 at 5:36 p.m.). Overall their passing was sloppy and they didn’t look sharp and part of that could have been down to the fact that the Swedish domestic season ended last November and doesn’t get up and running until April. That’s an awkward thing to deal with.

Arsenal v Ostersund Head to Head

The first leg between the two of them was the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.

Who will win – Arsenal v Ostersund Predictions

Arsenal were comfortable in the first leg and it should be more of the same for them back on home soil. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if Arsenal got another win to nil on the board, the Swedish side just totally missed the boat in the tie.

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