Arsenal vs BATE Borisov Preview

Arsenal vs BATE Borisov

Competition – UEFA Europa League

Stadium – Emirates Stadium

Date: 7th December 2017

Kick-off time – 20:05 GMT

Arsenal have already secured passage into the next phase of this competition and this game is meaningless as far as they are concerned.

However, they will not want to lose at home to Bate Borisov who still have an opportunity to reach the next round despite being bottom of the table.

As the Gunners have nothing to play for, a heavily rotated side is expected to be played by Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners have used a second eleven in this competition so far and that should be the case despite losing their last match against Cologne.

These two sides should provide a very attacking game in this encounter much like the first leg was and that could be very testing for a Gunner’s defence that has not really impressed in this competition.

The Gunners have a poor defensive record both at home and away in this competition so far, managing to keep just one clean sheet in their game against Red Star Belgrade.

Bate have also been shaky at the back in this competition.

They conceded four goals at home to Arsenal last time, a result that shows that they could be breached easily if they come under serious pressure.

Since they need a win from this game, they look likely to be dangerously exposed when they attack the Gunners.

They should be careful not allow Olivier Giroud to continue his good form in this competition as he will be looking to add to his two goals in the competition already.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Arsenal

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Burnley 0-1 Arsenal 26 Nov, 2017 English Premier League
L FC Cologne 1-0 Arsenal 23 Nov, 2017 UEFA Europa League
W Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur 18 Nov, 2017 English Premier League
L Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal 5 Nov, 2017 English Premier League
D Arsenal 0-0 Red Star Belgrade 2 Nov, 2017 UEFA Europa League

BATE Borisov

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D BATE Borisov 0-0 Red Star Belgrade 23 Nov, 2017 UEFA Europa League
L FC Cologne 5-2 BATE Borisov 2 Nov, 2017 UEFA Europa League
W BATE Borisov 1-0 FC Cologne 19 Oct, 2017 UEFA Europa League
L BATE Borisov 2-4 Arsenal 28 Sep, 2017 UEFA Europa League
D Red Star Belgrade 1-1 BATE Borisov 14 Sep, 2017 UEFA Europa League

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
BATE Borisov 2-4 Arsenal 28 Sep, 2017 UEFA Europa League

 

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