Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and football predictions for the match between Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow in the 1/8 finals of the UEFA Europa League.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow match preview
Arsenal’s ambition of winning silverware this season will face a Russian test in the quarterfinals as they welcome CSKA Moscow. The Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow Europa League (EL) quarter final first leg fixture will be played at the Emirates Stadium in London on Thursday, April 5, so check out our Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow prediction and betting tips.
Arsenal are in the midst of a very disappointing Premier League season. They are sure to finish outside the top-four and miss out on Champions League (CL) qualification for next year. They are currently sixth in the league and 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with just seven games to go. That means all their eggs are in the EL basket and forcing their way into next year CL depends on the Gunners winning this year’s competition. Can they go past their visitors in this Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow fixture? The signs look good as the Gunners romped home against Stoke City in the weekend and their 3-0 win made it four wins in a row, scoring 11 goals and conceding only once. More than anything else, their 5-1 aggregate win over AC Milan is example enough of Arsenal’s ambition as Arsene Wenger’s side are finally showing hints of fulfilling their potential in the Europa League.
Does that sound like a red flag for the visitors in this Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow fixture? There is no doubt that the Russians are one of the underdogs left in Europa, but they have already underlined their credentials by knocking Lyon out in the last round. They are in good form too, having won six of their last seven competitive fixtures. However, they are not in the race for the Russian Premier League top spot, sitting five points behind leaders Lokomotiv Moscow in third. Having said that, Arsenal will be at least couple of notches above any of the teams they face at home.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow H2H
CSKA have won one and drawn one of their two encounters against Arsenal, both in the 2006/07 CL group stages.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow Team News
Arsenal will be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is ineligible for this clash. Danny Welbeck is a doubt too with a back injury and as is Petr Cech.
Kirill Nababkin is suspended for the visitors for whom Viktor Vasin and Mario Fernandes are both injured.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow Probable Lineups
Arsenal: Ospina (GK), Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Wilshere, Ozil, Lacazette.
CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev (GK), A Berezutski, V Berezutski, Ignashevich, Kurchaev, Dzagoev, Natkho, Golovin, Milanov, Musa, Wembloom.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow Prediction
The Gunners have been in imperious form at home winning five of their last nine home fixtures by at least a two-goal margin. And, in addition, they have won four of their last five European matches by two or more goals. All this makes us back Arsenal to win this fixture by two or more goals. When it comes to individual scorers, Alexandre Lacazette could be a good betting tip to find the back of the net anytime in the game.