As we approach Arsenal’s big-time showdown with CSKA Moscow on Thursday night, it’s time to take a look at some of the best bets and odds available to Gunners fans out there courtesy of bet365. The game, which will be a UEFA Europa League quarter-final first-leg tie, holds a massive amount of potential for Arsene Wenger’s men as they’ll be attempting to really lay down a marker prior to the second leg over in Russia.
It’s no secret that they’re making this competition their priority, and that’s the smartest possible thing they can do right now. Manchester United did the same thing, which is the reason why they were able to compete in the Champions League throughout the 2017/18 season.
Now while it’s not going to be an easy task, and it does feel like the kind of game Arsenal could slip up with, they’ve been made 4/11 favourites with the Russians being priced at 10/1, and the draw at 4/1. If you’re feeling confident and believe that the Gunners will also be able to prevent CSKA from netting a potentially vital away goal, Arsenal to win and both teams not to score is as short as 11/10 with the ‘yes’ alternative being 11/5.
The smart money is probably on there being plenty of goals at the Emirates too, with over 2.5 being 8/11 and the under 43/40 – which seems a little bit random, but still. With the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette looking like they’ve finally found their scoring touch, they should see this as an opportunity to lay down a huge marker to the other big players remaining in Europe’s second-biggest club competition.
Speaking of Pierre-Emerick, he’s considered to be quite the hot commodity at the moment following his fantastic late performance against Stoke City at the weekend. Because of that, you can get odds of Aubameyang to score first between the 1st and 20th minute at just 8/1, which seems utterly baffling considering how low the confidence was surrounding the club just a few short weeks ago.
In the grand scheme of the competition Arsenal are 3/1 to win it all in Lyon next month, which makes them the second favourites behind Atletico Madrid (5/4). The remaining teams’ odds of capturing Europa League glory are Lazio 8/1, Leipzig 9/1, Marseille 10/1, Salzburg 16/1, Sporting 25/1 and CSKA themselves at 33/1.
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