Another big game for Arsenal as they take on BATE Borisov in their Europe League round of 32 first leg clash. Unai Emery might have favoured a home leg clash first up, however the Gunners manager knows how to do the business in the Europa League, just ask the Sevilla fans. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game and we also have some more value with our selection of enhanced odds which you can find in our FanBoost section.
Arsenal Should Control This One
The Gunners have suffered four defeats in their last nine fixtures across all competitions but that shouldn’t affect them against Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov.
Each of those losses came against teams in the top half of the Premier League, with three of them versus Liverpool, Man Utd and Man City, while they also beat Chelsea during this spell, so they can expect to get back to winning ways in Unai Emery’s favourite tournament.
Emery Knows Europa League Success
The Spaniard led Sevilla to three consecutive titles between 2014 and 2016 before departing for PSG, while he’s overseen five wins from six unbeaten matches in the group stages this term.
The exception came against by far the next best team in their group, Sporting CP, with that goalless stalemate an unusual affair that lost a lot of its sting once Danny Welbeck was forced off with a potentially career-threatening injury.
They can count themselves unfortunate not to have made it a perfect six out of six, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also hitting the bar, side-netting, and getting chopped down late on in that game when clean through, as former Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu received his marching orders.
BATE v Arsenal Betting Tips
Such efficiency should concern BATE, especially as the Gunners won 3-0 in both of their away fixtures at the weaker sides in the group – Qarabag and Vorskla Poltava.
Indeed, they were easily dismissed when facing English opponents in the group stage as Chelsea won 3-1 and 1-0 when fielding weakened sides, while it was even worse last term when they faced the Gunners themselves.
Arsenal produced 6-0 and 4-2 wins of their own, and regardless of the personnel Emery elects to place in his starting XI, there should be no shortage of attacking quality on display.
Although the away win shouldn’t be in doubt, with Arsenal commanding in downing weaker outfits, there still remains every possibility that they could potentially concede a consolation effort. Indeed, the Gunners’ injury problems at the back show no signs of abating just yet, and so Arsenal and over 2.5 goals appears the smart play.
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