Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow – Europa League: The first leg of the Europa League’s quarter-finals puts up Arsenal against the Russians of CSKA Moscow
These are two teams of very different quality, but that have come into this stage of the competition, so anything can happen going forward.
Arsenal comes here after knocking out AC Milan, with 2 wins, in what was a very relaxed knockout tie for them, and in the league,
they are in 6th place, so they can no longer qualify for next season’s Champions League through the Premier League.
However, they can still qualify through the Europa League, in case they lift this trophy.
There is a lot of quality on this team, that seems very tailored for this sort of knockout ties,
and that has been proved year after year, with mediocre performances in the Premier League, but reaching the finals on the competitions with knockout ties.
Peter Cech is still out but his spot will be taken by Ospina naturally, offering some safety to the British’s defensive sector.
The Russians have surprised Europe on the 2nd leg of the knockout tie against Lyon, since after losing 1-0 in Russia,
they travelled to France to beat Lyon by 3-2. On the Russian league, they are in 3rd place, 5 points away from the leaders, so the league is still up for grabs.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow – Betting Tip and Prediction:
This is a very experienced team that deserves a lot of credit for reaching this stage. However, they have a tough task to overcome here.
I really believe on Wenger’s team in this competition, and I think that this knockout tie can look really bright for them after this 1st leg.
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