Preview - CSKA Moscow vs Arsenal 13 April 2018

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Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg
CSKA Moscow vs. Arsenal
Friday, April 13th, 2018
04:05 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: VEB Arena

CSKA Moscow: 
Last five matches form: W W W L L
EL Average goals per match: 1.00
EL Average goals against per match: 1.40
EL Top Scorer: Aleksandr Golovin (2)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
EL Average goals per match: 2.45
EL Average goals against per match: 0.73
EL Top Scorer: Aaron Ramsey (3)

First Leg Score: Arsenal 4 - 1 CSKA Moscow

As we have seen with Roma against Barcelona this week its not impossible to turn around a 4-1 from the first leg. It is nevertheless a very difficult thing to do and CSKA are undoubtedly up against it facing an Arsenal side riding the crest of a six-match winning streak.

CSKA look to be significantly weakened down their right-hand side, with both winger, Mario Fernandes and right sided defender Viktor Vasin set to miss out here.

Alexandre Lacazette should get the nod for the Gunners up front with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible for this competition. The absence of Henrikh Mikhtaryan is a blow though with the recent acquisition having been playing so well of late. Aaron Ramsey was just about the star of the first leg and will return to the starting 11 having been rested at the weekend.

CSKA must come out and attack here, which doesn't really suit the way they are generally set up. As such we expect them to be particularly vulnerable to the counter attack, and in Arsenal they are facing a side with the personnel to take full advantage. The Gunners are playing their best football of the season at present and can bag another win on route to the semi-finals.

Prediction: CSKA Moscow 1 - 2 Arsenal


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 2
Aggregate Score: 3 - 6
Shots: 15 - 10
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 6
Possession: 53% - 47%

Just the one yellow card issued in the game by referee Feix Zwayer, with CSKA's Aleksandr Golovin having his name taken.

Holding a 4-1 advantage from the first leg Arsenal ultimately made it through to the semi-finals as expected, but they were certainly made to sweat for a little while by their hosts, who gave it a real good go.

Arsenal's best early chance came when they hit CSKA on the break in the 27th minute. Lacazette being played in on the left and firing a shot at goal that was well blocked by Aleksei Berezutski.

12 minutes later CSKA had a lifeline in this tie. Konstantin Kuchaev swinging in a dangerous cross from the left and Kirill Nababkin directing a header towards the bottom corner. Petr Cech got down well to save but could only palm the ball out to the lurking Fedor Chalov who slotted home. 1-0 at the break.

Then in the 50th minute it really was game on. Aleksandr Golovin's long range strike was dipping and swerving and again Cech could only palm the ball out, Nababkin the man waiting this time to fire in the rebound. A 3-0 victory would be enough to see the home side through, so the game really was on tenterhooks at this stage.

Golovin forced Cech into a smart stop from a free kick and Sergei Ignashevich fired narrowly wide as the pressure began to mount on the Gunners.

Then in the 74th minute Arsenal knocked the stuffing out of the home side. Good work from Danny Welbeck bringing the ball in from the left and playing a smart one-two with Mohamed Elneny who played him in. Welbeck finished first time. 2-1.

Arsenal got their equaliser on the night in stoppage time. Ramsey racing over the half way line on the break and being played clean through again by Elneny. Ramsey made no mistake and Arsenals progression was rubberstamped.

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