Arsenal vs BATE Borisov
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
BATE bagged a huge 1-0 victory over Premier League heavyweights Arsenal seven days ago at Borisov Arena.
It was one of the biggest scalps in the history of Belarusian champions who will still have a very tough job to back it up and actually advance past the Gunners into the last 16 round of the competition.
Arsenal remain massive favourites to go through even though Unai Emery will not be able to count on services of Alaxandre Lacazette who was sent off seven days ago in Borisov.
Team’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should return to the starting line-up after coming only from the bench to play last 30 minutes of the first leg.
Arsenal vs BATE: Head-to-head
These two sides featured the same Europa League group in the previous term of the competition.
Arsenal bagged as many as ten goals in two matches back then (2-4 on the road and 6-0 at home).
Nevertheless, BATE claimed a shocking 1-0 victory on the home patch seven days ago.
Arsenal vs BATE: Prediction
BATE snatched a victory even though they were not in competitive action in a while. The new season in the elite class of Belarusian football will not begin before late-March, but it did not bother BATE who confirmed quality by dispatching the Gunners in the first match.
However, Unai Emery’s men play much better in front of the home fans in general. They won 10, drew 2 and lost just 1 of 13 home outings in this term of Premier League. They conceded only 11 goals in the process.
Keeping things tight at the back will be the key for Arsenal if they are to advance here. We expect the Gunners to go strong from the first whistle and we will back them to gain advantage before the half time and win the match at the end.
Arsenal vs BATE: Bet Tips
HT/FT Arsenal/Arsenal @ 1.50 (1/2)
Arsenal -1.5 handicap @ 1.45 (9/20).