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AC Milan v Arsenal: Early preview & betting tips

By on March 6, 2018

Arsenal head to the San Siro for the first leg of our Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday night and we desperately need to get our season back on track following another turbulent week.

Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Brighton was another shocking performance and it means we’ve now lost four consecutive games in all competitions for the first time in 16 years.

Arsene Wenger is under huge pressure to step down as manager with the vast majority of fans calling for his head but nothing is going to happen any time soon so he’ll still be in the hot-seat for the Milan game.

A top four finish in the Premier League is now virtually impossible as we’re 13 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham with just nine games remaining so the Europa League is all we have left to play for.

Winning the Europa League would see us qualify for the Champions League next season but before we can even dream about lifting the trophy in Lyon we need to get past European giants AC Milan.

It was a tough draw but perhaps it’s what the players need as confidence in the squad is at rock bottom so the prospect of a big game against Milan could inspire some of the boys.

Odds

A quick look at the Europa League betting odds shows us that despite our horrendous form, Arsenal are still priced as the 7.50 third favourites with 888Sport to win the competition this season.

Atletico Madrid are the 3.25 favourites followed by Borussia Dortmund at 7.00. AC Milan are currently seventh on the list at 16.00 but those odds will be cut if they get a positive result at home against us on Thursday.

When you look at the kind of clubs that are still in the Europa League, it’s certainly going to be difficult for Arsenal to win the competition even if we manage to get past Milan.

Tips

Thursday’s game is relatively even in the eyes of the bookmakers with Arsenal the slight 1.94 favourites to win at the San Siro while Milan are priced at 2.05 despite being at home.

The Italians are certainly the in-form team as they’re undefeated in their last five games with four wins and a draw while Arsenal head in to the match off the back of six defeats in our last eight matches.

However, the players have to step-up on Thursday or our season is over so I’m backing us to come home with a positive result. Arsenal or the draw at 1.79 looks a tempting bet.

For the more optimistic and who want value, backing Mesut Ozil to score at anytime in a 2-1 Arsenal win is available at odds of 36.00.  That’s got to be worth a few quid.

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