Ostersunds vs Arsenal
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 15 February 2018
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Ostersunds’ Europa League season could be… shot in a movie. Galatasaray and PAOK in the qualifiers and playoffs, Hertha Berlin and Athletic Bilbao in the group stage, they all… felt on their skin what it is like to play against this season’s Ostersunds. The very fact that they are in the last 32 and are facing Arsenal, is… “dream” looks too poor a word… Ironically, they finished just 5th in Sweden’s championship. Last Friday they played their first official match in 2018, They beat Trelleborg 3-0 in a Sweden Cup game, a great warm-up ahead of this massive meeting with Arsenal. If they manage to perform a miracle against the Gunners, it will be one of those that stay even with neutral fans for many-many years.
Alexis Sanchez is gone, Olivier Giroud as well, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan is on-board, and so is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal are only 6th in the Premier League, they lost to Tottenham last weekend, it feels that finishing in the top-4 is something they have few chances to achieve, so… maybe, just maybe, Arsene Wenger should start doing what he was almost swearing he wouldn’t do, give priority to the Europa League over the Premier League, hoping to replicate Manchester United’s success. The Red Devils focused on the Europa League in the last weeks of last season, won the trophy, and that’s how they secured a ticket to the Champions League. Not that turning their attention primarily to the Europa League will be enough to win it, the competition has several great teams, but… at this point, eight points behind 4th-placed Chelsea, winning the Europa League feels at least… “doable”, more than finishing in the PL top-4.
Previous five matches:
Ostersunds vs Trelleborg 3-0
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Ostersunds 3-3
GIF Sundsvall vs Ostersunds 1-0
Hertha Berlin vs Ostersunds 1-1
Ostersunds vs Zorya 2-0
Tottenham vs Arsenal 1-0
Arsenal vs Everton 5-1
Swansea vs Arsenal 3-1
Arsenal vs Chelsea 2-1
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace 4-1
Ostersunds’ next game is the return leg at Arsenal, next Thursday. Same thing for the Gunners, they don’t have another game scheduled before the return leg against the Swedish side.
Ostersunds vs Arsenal: Head to head Stats
First game ever between these two.
Ostersunds vs Arsenal: Prediction
To some, that 1.50 of Arsenal’s win, may look low, but personally I consider it a sign that Ostersunds are being appreciated for what they have done thus far this season. At the start of the season, in a similar game, Arsenal’s win would be at… 1.05 to 1.10. I expect the Gunners to look “well-informed” about their rivals, and win the game.
Ostersunds vs Arsenal: Betting Tips
Scoring against Arsenal would be a highlight for Ostersunds, and somehow I do see them get their wish. If Arsenal’s win at 1.50 is not enough for you, I suggest “Arsenal to win and both teams to score”, at 3.10. “Over 2.5 goals” is at 1.72, if you prefer to take things more conservatively.
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- Spartak Moscow vs Athletic Bilbao
- Real Sociedad vs Salzburg
- Ludogorets vs AC Milan
- Marseille vs Braga
- FC Copenhagen vs Atletico Madrid
- AEK Athens vs Dynamo Kyiv
- Celtic vs Zenit
- Napoli vs RB Leipzig
- Lyon vs Villarreal
- Partizan Belgrade vs Viktoria Plzen
- FCSB vs Lazio