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Ostersunds v Arsenal predictions, betting tips & match preview: Gunners to overcome road woes

Leigh Copson 12 Feb 2018
  • Ostersunds v Arsenal kicks off at 18:00 GMT on Thursday, February 15
  • Get free predictions & betting tips for this Europa League last-32 match
Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal (credit: Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Ostersunds v Arsenal predictions for the Europa League game on Thursday, February 15. Can Arsenal finally end their miserable run of results away from home or will Ostersunds capitalise on the Gunners’ travel sickness to record the biggest win in the club’s history? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not given up on his side’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League by finishing in the top four of the Premier League, but their best route back to Europe’s top table is clearly the Europa League after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby left them seven points behind their bitter rivals.

So it will come as no surprise that Wenger has now confirmed he will be abandoning the selection policy he used during the group stage of this competition. The Frenchman went with fringe players and young prospects as the Gunners booked their place in the knockout stage, but with no FA Cup ties on the horizon Wenger will now turn to his star names to deliver the trophy and a return to the Champions League.

“We have no game between the two matches [against Ostersunds],” he told reporters. “I will play the normal team because it’s one of the opportunities we have, especially because we don’t play in the [FA Cup] this season. There’s no reason why I should rest players. We have to win the next game.”

Arsenal’s backups served their manager rather well during the group stage as they won four of their six fixtures to advance to the knockout stage, but the introduction of the Gunners’ star names like Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will only strengthen their chances of success in this competition, and they will look to make straightforward work of Swedish side Ostersunds in the last-32.

Ostersunds are enjoying a successful Europa League debut under English boss Graham Potter and they were able to advance from a very tricky group that also featured the likes of Hertha Berlin and Athletic Bilbao. A big reason for their progress was their solid home form that brought two wins and a draw, and if they are to somehow spring an upset against the Gunners they simply have to head to North London for the second leg on level terms at the worst. I do not see that happening though.

Arsenal will be made to work for the victory on Thursday evening, and despite the fact they are winless in their last six away games, losing four of the last five, I do believe the Gunners will return home from Sweden with a first-leg lead. My opinion would have been different had Wenger stuck with the fringe players and youngsters, but with the star names coming in you have to believe the Gunners will be too strong and I do believe we will see a few goals too – after all, five of Arsenal’s last six competitive fixtures have seen three goals or more and while they have got the firepower to rattle in a few goals, that ropey defence could gift the home side a famous goal here.

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  • Arsenal are winless in their last six away games, losing four of the last five
  • Ostersunds are unbeaten in their home games in this season’s Europa League, winning five of them
  • Five of Arsenal’s last six competitive fixtures have produced Over 2.5 Total Goals
  • Arsenal are without January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is cup-tied due to former club Borussia Dortmund dropping into the Europa League from the Champions League
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their previous four meetings with Swedish opposition, winning three games and drawing the other
  • This is Ostersunds’ first ever European campaign

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