Arsenal vs BATE Borisov betting tips: Europa League match preview & predictions

Arsenal vs BATE Borisov prediction: Arsenal 3-1 BATE Borisov

Arsenal fans will be expecting a completely different performance from their side as they look to overturn a one-goal deficit from the first leg.

The Gunners tend to fare far better at home than they do on the road.

Arsenal thrashed BATE 6-0 the last time the Belarusian side visited the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal vs BATE Borisov: Who will win?

Arsenal are 1/7 to win the match while BATE are 12/1 to pull off another shock win. The draw is priced at 8/1.

Following last week’s first leg, which BATE won 1-0, Arsenal are 1/3 favourites to qualify for the last 16. BATE are 9/4 to progress to the next round.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of the starting eleven in the first leg. Aubameyang is 15/8 to open the scoring and 2/5 to score anytime.

Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last five matches. With Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis and Holding all set to miss out, that trend could continue. Back both teams to score at 11/8.


LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates scoring from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arsenal vs BATE Borisov Europa League match preview

Arsenal host BATE Borisov in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie on Thursday night.

Unai Emery’s side suffered a shock 1-0 defeat in the first leg, to a side who are effectively still in their pre-season. Stanislav Dragun headed in the winner in the first half, capitalising on some awful Arsenal defending.

Arsenal ended the match with 10 men after Alexandre Lacazette was shown a red card.

Many Arsenal fans were calling for Emery to be sacked following the defeat. His decision to leave Mesut Ozil in London infuriated many.

On the other hand, others feel that any Arsenal side selected should’ve been strong enough to see off BATE.

The Europa League presents Arsenal with a real opportunity of returning to Champions League football next season, so elimination – especially at the hands of minnows such as BATE – could cost Emery his job.

Arsenal have won four of their last five matches at the Emirates, although they have only kept one clean sheet in that time. If BATE score on Thursday – which is a real possibility – then Arsenal will need to score at least three of their own to qualify.

If the Gunners win 1-0 the match will go to extra-time.

Having had an entire week off since the first leg, both sides should be fresh for this one.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Arsenal team news vs BATE Borisov

Despite returning to full training, Mesut Ozil was controversially left out of last week’s travelling squad to Belarus. The Gunners certainly lacked the creativity that Ozil can offer the side.

Pressure from Arsenal fans may see Ozil be recalled to the side.

Emery could revert to a flat back four on Thursday. His decision to play three centre-backs in the first leg was labelled by many as being overly defensive.

Alexandre Lacazette will serve a suspension following his red card in the first leg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started on the bench last week but will return to the starting eleven in place of Lacazette.

Denis Suarez could make his first start for the club since joining on loan from Barcelona. The Spaniard has made three substitute appearances, making very little impact so far.

Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey is a doubt with a knee injury and will face a late fitness test.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos comes back into contention after recovering from an ankle injury.

Petr Cech is likely to keep his place in goal.

Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are long-term absentees.

BATE Borisov team news vs Arsenal

Alexey Baga is not expected to make any changes to the side which beat Arsenal last week, meaning former Gunner Alex Hleb should face his old club once again.

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Predicted Arsenal XI vs BATE

BATE Borisov predicted line-up vs Arsenal

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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