Arsenal will welcome Russian side CSKA Moscow in the first leg of Europa League quarterfinal at Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
After a disastrous league campaign, Arsenal have pinned all their hopes on the competition this season.
The Gunners are basically out of the top-four race in the league and now winning Europa League represents their only hope of silverware and qualification to Champions League. They have picked up some form in the recent weeks, and they have won their last four games in all competitions while conceding just one goal.
The North London side comfortably dispatched AC Milan in the last round, and they are favourites to make it to the semi-finals. On Saturday, the Gunners required a late rally to defeat Stoke City 3-0 in the league, but the good news was that Alexandre Lacazette made a goalscoring return from his injury.
In the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lacazette is expected to lead Arsenal’s attack on Thursday.
CSKA sit in their third position in Russia Premier League, and they come into the game following a 2-1 away at Rostov. In the last round of Europa League, CSKA produced an upset to beat Lyon on the away-goal rule.
These two sides faced each other in the group stage of 2006-07 Champions League. CSKA claimed a 1-0 win in their home game while Arsenal could only manage a goalless draw at the Emirates.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow – Match Facts
Arsenal have scored 11 goals in their last four games in all competitions while conceding only one.
CSKA have won six of their last seven games in all competitions.
The Gunners are the top-scoring side in the competition with 23 goals in their ten games.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow – Team News
Santi Cazorla is the only injury-related absence for the Gunners while Aubmaeyang is ineligible to play.
For CSKA, Viktor Vasin and Mario Fernandes are both injured, and Kirill Nababkin is suspended.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow – Match Odds
The hosts are favourites to win, and they are available at their best odds of 4/11 at Skybet. We are backing an Arsenal win as our prediction in this game.
A draw is available at 17/4 odds at Bet365, and an away win can get you 21/2 odds at the same bookmaker.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow – Correct Score Odds
A 2-0 win for the Gunners is the most likely result in the betting market, and you can back this scoreline at the best odds of 6/1 at BetVictor.
However, we are going for a 3-0 win for the Gunners, and our pick is available for 8/1 odds at BetVictor.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is the favourite to score at his best odds of 6/5 at Bet365. We are backing the French striker as our prediction in this game. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also used to scoring in Europa, and he is a great option at 28/17 odds at Unibet.
For CSKA, Ahmed Musa is available at 17/4 odds at the same bookmaker.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
We are going for over 2.5 goals in the game, and our prediction is available for the best odds of ¾ at BetVictor.