Europa League – Arsenal vs BATE Borisov: preview and betting

By on February 19, 2019

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Arsenal welcome BATE Borisov to the Emirates on Thursday evening looking to turn things around and qualify for the last-16 of the Europa League.

We produced one of our worst performances of the season in Belarus last week to slump to an embarrassing 1-0 defeat which means we have it all to do heading in to the second leg in north London.

Pressure is mounting on Unai Emery following a string of below par displays in recent weeks and understandably many fans are questioning his decision to freeze Mesut Ozil out of the squad.

BATE at home could be a good time to recall the German playmaker as they are a poor side and we should be able to create plenty of chances at the Emirates on Thursday night – which will suit Ozil.

Failure to progress to the last-16 of the Europe League would be a huge disappointment and it would unquestionably see Emery’s job on the line so let’s hope for a much-improved display.

Team news

Alexandre Lacazette will be suspended after being sent off during the closing stages of the game on Thursday night so Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to be recalled up front.

Aaron Ramsey will face a late fitness test on a knee injury but Sokratis should return to the squad after recovering from an ankle injury that’s kept him out for the past month.

Hector Bellerin remains out with a serious knee injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season so he’s on the sidelines along with fellow long-term absentees Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck.

Betting odds

Arsenal are the heavy 1/8 odds-on favourites with BetOlimp to win the game inside the 90 minutes and 2/7 to turn around the 1-0 deficit to qualify for the last-16. BATE can be backed at 22/1 to win on the night with the draw available at 8/1.

Obviously I think Arsenal are going to do enough to not only win this game but also qualify for the next round as we beat BATE 6-0 at the Emirates last year. A similar score-line can be backed at 35/1 with betolimp while the South African Site has my predicted score of 4-0 available at 15/2.

I like the look of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang so score first at 7/4. He’ll lead the line up front in the absence of Lacazette and he’s been our most dangerous goal-scorer this season. If we have Auba as first scorer in a 4-0 win we get odds of 23/1.

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