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Ostersund v Arsenal Prediction & Betting Tips – 15th February 2018

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Ostersund v Arsenal UEFA Europa League, 15th February 7.45pm

Arsenal won’t be displeased with the draw that they have received for the opening of the knockout stage in the Europa League. The Gunners go as firm favourites to move through this tie as they take on Swedish side Ostersund. It has been a fairytale run from the Swedish side as this is their debut season in a UEFA European tournament and have come this far. They have an English coach and a strong English influence. Can they produce against one of England’s top sides?

Ostersund v Arsenal Betting Odds*

Arsenal 11/20, Draw 31/10, Ostersund 19/4* (Betting Odds taken on February 9th, 2018 at 4:15 a.m.)

Ostersund News and Form

What a story this has been for Ostersund. They have an English coach in Graham Potter leading them and this is their first ever European adventure. They got through their group stage at the first time of asking by finishing second behind Athletic Club. Both teams had collected 11 points in their campaign, but Ostersunds missed out on top spot in the head to head record. Ostersund are unbeaten in six previous European home encounters, winning five of this and each of those wins were with a clean sheet as well. Athletic Club are the only ones to have avoided European defeat there, playing out a 2-2 draw on Match Day Three. They also become the first side from Sweden to make it through to the knockout stage of the Europa League. It will be so interesting to see how they handle themselves at home against one of the favourites to win the tournament and it may just be worth backing both teams to score at Bet Victor for 5/6 odds* (betting odds taken January 9th, 2018 at 5:04 p.m.). They are here after winning the Swedish Cup for the first time ever last season and they got past Galatasaray, Fola Esch and PAOK during qualifying and then qualified from the group stage with a game to spare.

Arsenal News and Form

This is Arsenal’s first ever Europa League campaign and they sailed through their group, winning their group with a game to spare. This is their first match ever against Ostersunds, but they do hold a W3 D1 European record against Swedish opposition. Interestingly though and this could be a good omen for them in producing a deep run, each season that they have faced a Swedish side, they have gone on to reach a European final – and lose it on penalties after a goalless draw. This is the 19th consecutive season that Arsenal have been in European action in the spring. There were on a four-match winning streak away from home in Europe as well before they suffered a 1-0 loss at Cologne on match day five of the group campaign. They have only suffered the one defeat in their last 11 matches across the Europa and Champions League now (W8 D2) with a fine record. They are favourites at Bet Victor to qualify from the tie and in the Bet Victor correct score market an Arsenal 2-1 victory is at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken January 9th, 2018 at 5:04 p.m.) in what could be an exciting away game.

Ostersund v Arsenal Head to Head

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides.

Who will win – Ostersund v Arsenal Predictions

Arsenal have been far from convincing this season out on the road but you would have to fancy that their experience will see them land a first leg advantage in this match. The Gunners should have the firepower in them to open up a good lead and back them to win by a two-goal margin.

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