BATE Borisov v Arsenal Europa League Betting Tips
Unai Emery takes his Arsenal side to Belarus as he aims for the 4th Europa League victory of his managerial career. Emery was in charge of Sevilla during their 3 year winning European winning streak, and it’s already become clear that the competition is a clear focus of his first season at Arsenal.
BATE Borisov 18/19 Europa League Form
How did BATE get on in the Group Stage?
It has been a very up and down Europa League campaign for BATE Borisov this season. The Belarusian Premier League Champions won their opening game 2-0, away at Mol Vidi. An embarrassing 4-1 home loss to PAOK followed however, before 2 more losses home and away to Chelsea. Although they wouldn’t have expected a result against the English side, the defeat to PAOK looked like ending their chances of qualification. However, 2 more victories in the final matches, including a 3-1 reverse at PAOK, made sure that BATE qualified in second place. This is the first time BATE have qualified for the round of 32 since 2013, and they have never progressed past this stage. Despite BATE’s lack of European experience, they still managed 9 goals in 6 games, although they did concede 9 as well.
Arsenal’s 18/19 Europa League Form
How did Arsenal get on in the Group Stage?
An unbeaten Europa League group stage for Arsenal sent them through top of Group E with little trouble. In his final season, Arsene Wenger often used youth in his Europa League games, however it is clear that Unai Emery values the competition after success at Sevilla. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil scored in the opening game, a refreshing sight in the Europa League. 3 wins in their opening 3 games were capped off with an impressive 1-0 win away at Sporting Lisbon, Arsenal’s toughest opponent in the group. A 0-0 draw at the Emirates followed, but Arsenal were back to winning ways, winning 3-0 against Vorskla Poltava and 1-0 against Qarabag. Surprisingly, it was Arsenal’s defence that was their strong point. Just 2 goals conceded throughout the group stage, as well as 5 clean sheets in a row prove that Arsenal might have turned a corner.
BATE Borisov v Arsenal Head to Head Record
BATE Borisov Wins - 0 Draws - 0 Arsenal Wins - 2
This will be the second time that Arsenal have faced BATE Borisov in the Europa League, after 2 games against them in the 17/18 group stage. The sides played against each other in the opening game of the Europa League in 2017, with Arsenal running out 4-2 winners in Belarus. Three goals in the opening 25 minutes made things straightforward for Arsenal, before an Olivier Giroud penalty made it 4-1 just after the break. It was a similar story back at the Emirates, with the Gunners blowing BATE away in the first half. With the score 3-0 at half time, 3 more goals in the second half completed a 6-0 rout and ensured Arsenal’s 1st place finish in the group. Even with just 2 meetings between the sides, it’s clear that Arsenal have an advantage in quality with 10 goals scored.
What do the stats say?
The stats all lead to Arsenal having a comfortable victory in this game. In last season’s Europa League knockout stages, Arsenal averaged exactly 2 goals a game, as well as conceding just 1 goal a game. Considering Arsenal came up against both Atletico Madrid and AC Milan on their route to the semi final, it’s an impressive record. In this season’s 6 matches, the Gunners have also averaged 2 goals per match and with 8 corners and 8.5 attempts on goal each game, Arsenal should dominate again.
Where to watch BATE Borisov v Arsenal?
BATE Borisov v Arsenal will be shown live on BT Sport 2 from 17:55 on Thursday 14th February.
Bet UK’s Betting Tips
BATE Borisov 0-3 Arsenal - 29/4*
It’s rare that we tip a correct score, but with short odds on almost all markets surrounding Arsenal, we will take a longshot for 3-0 at 29/4*.
*All odds from Bet UK’s sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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