Arsenal v Östersund Betting Preview | Thursday 22nd February
In our Arsenal v Ostersunds betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for Thursday’s Europa League last 16 tie.
Arsenal vs Östersund FK Betting Preview
Venue: The Emirates
Channel: BT Sport 2
Despite the freezing conditions and the artificial pitch, Arsenal managed to put 3 goals past Östersunds in last week’s Europa League first leg. This three-goal advantage is huge to the Gunners, who are playing Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday, allowing Arsène Wenger to- potentially- rest several key players ahead of the final.
However, complacency could be Arsenal’s downfall and something the Swedish side could use to their advantage. Before last week’s game, Östersunds had only played once this year (in the Swedish Cup), meaning that they have quite literally been preparing for this particular Europa League tie for weeks, their next fixture being on Monday.
Needless to say Arsenal should progress to the next round without any real difficulty, whether or not Wenger fields an experienced starting XI. However, an excess of confidence from the Frenchman’s side could cost them another chance at a major trophy.
Arsenal will be without Cazorla, Lacazette & Ramsey due toinjury, whilst Aubameyang is ineligible. Also unavailable through injury for Östersunds are Bertilsson & with Suljevic, and Aieshis also doubtful.
Potential Celtic Starting XI: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Holding, Kolasinac, Willock, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck, Mkhitaryan.
Potential Anderlecht Starting XI: Keita, Mukiibi, Papagiannopoulos, Petterson, Mensah, Edwards, Nouri, Sema, Widgren, Islamovic, Gero.
Head To Head
- Last week’s match, which Arsenal comfortably won, was the first encounter between the two teams.
Stats & Facts
- Arsenal are the second team with the highest average possession- 62%.
- Östersunds have only scored 3 goals away from home in the entirety of the Europa League.
- Arsenal 3/10
- Draw 5/1
- Anderlecht 10/1
- First goalscorer Welbeck is 4/1
- Both teams to score is 10/11