Arsenal vs BATE Borisov Preview

Arsenal vs BATE Borisov

Competition – UEFA Europa League

Stadium – Emirates Stadium

Date: 21st February 2019

Kick-off time – 17:55 GMT

Arsenal will be looking to overturn their 1-0 loss against BATE in the first leg here.

What made the defeat last week even more hurtful was the fact that the Gunners were the better team for most of the game.

They failed to take their chances and the host scored a sucker punch of a goal.

To make matters worse for them, Alexandre Lacazette was sent off for a wayward elbow he threw and they now have to do without him here.

The Gunners played this same opponent in the Europa League last season and scored 10 goals against them, conceding just 2 over two legs.

Unai Emery has won this competition on multiple occasions and he will be hoping that his players can take his instructions well and overturn this first leg deficit.

The Gunners are keen on returning to the Champions League next season and this completion seems to be the easiest route for them to qualify.

They are also battling for the fourth spot in the Premier League with Chelsea and Manchester United, so their fans would not want them to waste away this competition.

Goals are likely to rain in this game as Arsenal’s last 5 home games have seen over 2.5 goals scored in each of them.

BATE on the other hand, will most likely play cautious football and try to keep the game scoreless or 1:0 in favour of Arsenal because an away goal at any moment would mean Arsenal would need to score 3 goals.

Bookmakers have priced Arsenal up as if defeat is out of the question.  BATE are massive outsiders to win at the Emirates while goal markets point to a potentially fun game as over 2.5 goals is currently trading odds-on.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is clear favourite with bookies to score the opening goal of the game.

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