BATE Borisov vs Arsenal: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
The match is over.
Arsenal make the long trip to Belarus to play perennial champions BATE Borisov, looking to come away with vital away goals.
BATE Borisov have recently become Belarusian champions for the 12th successive season and will be pleased that their domestic domination is now being turned into progress on a continental stage. They have not made it to the knock out stage since 2013 but now face an uphill battle to go any further in the Europa League this year.
Arsenal coasted through their Europa League group without many issues. They only dropped points at home to Sporting Lisbon and never really looked in any trouble over the course of the six matches. This trip to Belarus is not ideal for the Premier League side but they shouldn’t have any problem progressing to the next round.
BATE defended their Belarusian Premier League title once again, not tasting defeat at home once through the entire campaign. Arsenal are a much different prospect however and their game plan will surely be to attempt to contain the English side’s attacking threat and grab a goal on the counter attack.
Arsenal will believe that they are still in the hunt for one of the Champions League spots in the Premier League and may see this tie as a mere formality. They will need to concentrate but the bookies believe two victories are very possible and a 2-0 away win could be on the cards here
- Arsenal to win to nil
Most betting sites have Arsenal overwhelming favourites to go through from this tie and they could easily start that off with a convincing win in Belarus. 10bet have Arsenal to win to nil at 29/20.
- Total goals under 2.5
Arsenal should win this match fairly easily but they will not want to exert themselves too much given the travel involved and the busy Premier League schedule ahead. That’s why there may not be as many goals as some might expect – Unibet have total goals under 2.5 at 6/5 and that seems like a good value bet.
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Head to Head
These two sides met last season in this competition. Arsenal won 4-2 in Belarus and 6-0 at the Emirates.
- BATE Borisov may not have recorded an amazing amount of goals in the group stage but the vast majority of them came through Igor Stasevich. He tops the Europa League assists chart with six.
- Arsenal conceded two late goals in their first group match at home to Vorskla Poltava and then kept five successive clean sheets to qualify in style.
- BATE Borisov were looking like they were going to be eliminated with just two group matches remaining – but two victories, including a very impressive 3-1 win away at PAOK, saw the Belarusian club through to the knock out rounds.
- Arsenal’s coach, Unai Emery, has a particular fondness for the Europa League. His Sevilla side won the competition three times.