BATE v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 14/02/19
Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews BATE v Arsenal and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s Europa League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
BATE v Arsenal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 14/02/19
- Venue: Borisov Arena
- Channel: BT Sport 1
Arsenal travel to Belarus to take on BATE Borisov on Thursday evening looking for a positive result in the first leg of their last 16 tie. Arsenal come into the game in okay form having won 3 of their last 6 league games but they have found themselves struggling with injuries during a busy Christmas and New Year period. They are however unbeaten in this seasons Europa League having won 5 games out of 6 and the Gunners have been mightily impressive away from home this season in the Europa League winning all 3 of their fixtures without conceding a single goal.
The hosts on the other hand will be fresh when they come up against the Gunners but that is in large part due to them not playing a competitive match since the Belarusian top flight finished in December. BATE have managed to fit in 3 friendlies during that time but they have lost 2 of those 3 fixtures. The lack of competitive action suggests they could struggle against a high tempo and more cohesive side like Arsenal. The home side will also be without Nikolai Signevich- who scored 3 times in the group stages- with the forward having moved to Hungarian side Ferencvaros in January.
Arsenal have a growing injury list to contend with heading into Thursday’s match, after both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil missed out on Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield through illness; whilst Aaron Ramsey was also ruled out through a slight knee problem.
Though Aubameyang and Ozil could return in time to face BATE, Ramsey will miss out, along with fellow midfielder Granit Xhaka who continues to recover from a groin injury.
Dubajic could be handed a competitive debut for BATE, while fellow new arrivals Nemanja Milic and Dmitri Bessmertny may also be involved in the 18-man squad.
Alexander Hleb is likely to be named among the replacements for the game against his former club.
Potential BATE Starting XI: Scherbitski; Rios, Volkov, Filipenko, Filipovic; Baha, Drahun, Hleb; Skavysh, Dubajic, Stasevich
Potential Arsenal Starting XI: Cech; Maitland-Niles, Mavropanos, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Torreira, Guendouzi; Mkhitaryan, Suarez, Iwobi; Aubameyang
Head To Head
- The two sides have met just twice previously, with both encounters coming in the Europa League group stage last season.
- Arsenal won on both occasions, with 2-4 victory away at the Borisov Arena in September 2017 continuing the Gunners’ strong start to their group campaign, courtesy of goals from Rob Holding, Olivier Giroud and a brace from Theo Walcott.
Key Stats & Facts
- Both teams have scored in just 1 of BATE’s last 5 Europa League matches.
- Arsenal’s last 6 Europa league away victories have been to nil.
- BATE 15/2
- Draw 39/10
- Arsenal 12/25
On the face of it a trip to Belarus in a knockout competition could provide some issues for the visiting side. However having not played a competitive game for nearly a month and having been outclassed by the last English side that they faced I can’t really be confident backing BATE for a positive result in this game. Arsenal are heavy favourites to win this game at 12/25 (Marathon Bet) and I think we can expect an attacking performance from the Gunners. Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals in the match is 11/10 (Boyle Sports). This is one angle I like as the visitors have been solid away from home in this competition and I think they can capitalise on BATE’s lack of football.
Another angle I like is for Alexander Lacazette to score and Arsenal to win, this bet landed in the Gunner’s last game and it is priced at 3/2 (Sky Bet) to happen again on Thursday night. Lacazette has been in great form of late having netted in Arsenal’s last 4 Premier League victories. With fellow striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggling with an illness we could see Lacazette be the main man on Thursday night.
Arsenal have managed to win their last 6 Europa League games without conceding a goal and they are priced 31/20 (Betvictor) to make it 7 games without conceding on the road in the competition. I think this is a good play with Arsenal expected to have most of the possession in this game meaning they shouldn’t be under too much defensive pressure and they’ll be up against lesser opposition in attack.