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Ostersunds vs Arsenal FC predictions, betting tips and preview: Gunners to claim first-leg advantage in Sweden

  • Ostersunds vs Arsenal predictions for their Europa League match on Thursday
  • The Gunners are second favourites to lift the trophy
  • Read on for our free predictions and betting tips
Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates after scoring a goal during a pre-season friendly match (credit: Getty Images)

Ostersunds vs Arsenal predictions for their Europa League round-of-32 first-leg match in Sweden on Thursday. Arsenal are second favourites behind Atletico Madrid to lift the trophy. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.


Arsenal face an intriguing round-of-32 test as they continue their bid to emulate Manchester United by winning the Europa League in order to rejoin the continent’s elite.

The Gunners are in a very similar situation to that which their rivals from north west England found themselves 12 months ago – struggling to finish in the top four domestically to qualify for the Champions League and therefore targeting the ‘back door’ route to gain an invitation.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, they find themselves in a much tougher knockout stage than United did because rather than the relatively straightforward passage the Red Devils enjoyed, they are competing with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio and AC Milan who will also have designs on the trophy.

It’s highly probable that Arsene Wenger’s side will have to face at least one of those clubs along the way if they are to triumph in the final in Lyon, but for now they must focus upon getting past Ostersunds who are enjoying a dream debut European campaign.

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal in action during the Emirates Cup (Getty Images)
Only founded in 1996 after a cluster of small clubs merged to form a more viable proposition that could establish itself in Swedish football, Ostersunds were in their country’s fourth tier in 2011 but have been led to three promotions since by 42-year-old former Stoke City and West Brom left-back Graham Potter.

Eighth and fifth in their first two top-flight campaigns, they secured European qualification by winning the Swedish Cup in 2016 and have already beaten five teams to nil at the Jamtkraft Arena during their run to the last 32 of this competition including Galatasaray and Hertha Berlin.

Arsenal can give a European debut in their colours to Henrikh Mkhitaryan but not the cup-tied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and you have to think the considerably greater quality in their squad will enable them to take a lead back to London, although Ostersunds’ impressive home record suggests it will not be easy.

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  • Ostersunds have reached the knockout stage in their first ever European campaign
  • They are undefeated in six home Europa League matches this season, winning five of them to nil
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in four previous competitive matches against Swedish opposition, winning three and drawing one

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Ostersunds vs Arsenal FC predictions, betting tips and preview: Gunners to claim first-leg advantage in Sweden

Ostersunds vs Arsenal predictions for their Europa League round-of-32 first-leg match in Sweden on Thursday. Arsenal are second favourites behind Atletico Madrid to lift the trophy. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

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