Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow
Arsenal host CSKA Moscow in the 1st leg of the EL quarter-finals.
The hosts are 6th in England with no chance for participation in CL and they realize EL is the tournament they have to win. The last eight teams in this tournament are really good and it will be hard, especially when a two-time finalist in CL is still here- Atletico Madrid. Arsenal have to show they are ready to beat everyone on their way to win the title and CSKA is the next challenge. That was a good draw for the London team and when Arsenal are motivated with their best team on the pitch we just see goals, goals and goals once again. Their team is almost unstoppabe at Emirates and thtat's the reason I will choose over 2.5 goals in this match wih very tempting odds.
CSKA are one of the best Russian clubs and they showed that if you underestimate them, they can surprise you badly. They eliminated Lyon with their three goals as visitors after 3:3 on aggregate. So, if Arsenal don't want to suffer a shocking outcome like this one against Ostersunds at Emirates, they have to attack and control the game during the whole time. The gunners can do that, no matter what's the quality of their opponent- they did it against the best teams in England, what to expect from CSKA, which teams is expected to play defensively looking for counters and corners and free-kicks.
Arsenal will be without Cazorla(not a big miss) having Xhaka and Ramse, while Welbeck and Cech are boubtful. Aubameyang is ineligible to play. CSKA will miss Vasin and Fernandes, while Nababkin is suspended for this match.
To sum up, I expect Arsenal to take the control of the match from the first minute and try to get a comfortable lead before the second leg. They have an easy match against the Saints on paper in the domestic league during the weekend, so they have to be pretty much concentrated and motivated to trash CSKA. I know Goncharenko is a clever coach, but sometimes when you face Arsenal in their best mood, even Guardiola, Mou or any other of the best coaches can't stop them. I think only Arsenal can score three goals today and make the pick green, but a little help by CSKA Moscow won't be bad at all.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow prediction
|over 2.5 goals||Pinnacle||1.79||10||4-1 WON (+7.9 units)|