On Thursday night, Arsenal travel to the Russian capital to face CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-final second leg. The Gunners take a commanding 4-1 lead into the clash, but cannot afford complacency against the Russian side.
The home side have been in patchy form in recent weeks and their Europa League form has been little more consistent either. The Russian side have won just two of their last six games in Europe.
The Russian side’s last two European games have seen over 2.5 goals. However, their previous five games produced under 2.5 goals.
CSKA have a poor recent home record in the Europa League, winning just one of their last five games on home soil. Their recent home games in Europa League games have been low scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in their last five games on home soil.
Arsenal will be confident of making it into the last four of the competition after their big first leg victory. The Gunners head into this game on the back of six straight wins in all competitions.
Arsene Wenger’s side have a good recent record in the Europa League, having won five of their last six games in Europe. A key to that recent good run of form has been the Gunners attacking threat, as the north London side have scored two or more goals in five of their last six outings in the Europa League.
The visitors do not have a great away record of late. However, their last two wins on their travels have been in the Europa League. In fact, the two away wins in Europe are the Gunners only victories on their travels in nine outings in all competitions.
Arsenal’s overall away record in the Europa League is good, as the visitors have won four of their last five games on their travels in Europe. The Gunners have also kept clean sheets in three of their last away games in this competition.
The home side are set to be without Viktor Vasin and Mario Fernandes through injury. Kirill Nababkin should return to the CSKA team after he missed the first leg due to suspension.
Arsenal are without midfielders Santi Cazorla and Henrik Mkhitaryan, while striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible to feature. Goalkeeper David Ospina is also a doubt for the clash. Alexandre Lacazette should return up front.
Arsenal are the favourites to win this clash at odds of 21/10, CSKA are odds of 27/10 to record a win, while the draw is odds of 11/4.
The Gunners are in good form heading into this clash and should comfortable seal their place in the Europa League semi-finals.
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