Kick-off: 2000, 29/10/2020
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Arsenal will surely have one eye on Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United when they host Dundalk in their second Europa League group match.
The Gunners are expected to enjoy a comfortable win against the League of Ireland champions, who have been priced up as 35/1 shots to cause an upset.
The timing of this fixture should help the visitors give a decent account of themselves so a Gunners win and under 3.5 goals at 23/20 is our opening Arsenal vs Dundalk prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal did not make the most convincing of starts to their Europa League campaign as they had to come from behind to claim a 2-1 win against Rapid Vienna last week.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came off the bench to spare the blushes of goalkeeper Bernd Leno as the Gunners scored twice in four minutes to earn a Group B victory in Austria.
Leno gifted a goal to Taxiarchis Fountas six minutes into the second half but Mikel Arteta brought on Hector Bellerin and Aubameyang and the latter netted the winner soon after David Luiz equalised.
Dundalk are likely to defend in numbers and Arsenal will need to do a better job of creating chances than they did in in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester.
To make the evening worse, Arsenal lost Luiz and Bukayo Saka to injury during the second half.
Arteta said: “We have lost a few players in the last week or so. David had a muscular problem and couldn’t carry on so we will have to assess him in the next 48 hours.”
Those injuries make it even less likely that Arteta names a strong line-up and we like 12/5 for them to only be leading 1-0 at the break in the Arsenal vs Dundalk odds.
A Look At Dundalk’s Betting Odds
Dundalk looked on course to make an impressive start on their return to the Europa League group stage but could not hold on as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Molde last week.
Sean Murray’s glancing header gave Dundalk a 35th-minute lead but the Norwegian champions were a much-improved side after the break and Etzaz Hussain’s volley which deflected off Darragh Leahy levelled proceedings on the hour.
The comeback was then completed as Ohi Omoijuanfo scored a 72nd-minute penalty after Sean Gannon had upended Erling Knudtzon in the area.
That was followed by a 1-0 defeat at Waterford on Sunday but Dundalk will have no trouble lifting themselves for this occasion despite the lack of fans.
Having picked up four points in their group four years ago, Dundalk are again looking to prove they can compete at this level but should eventually be outclassed and a 3-0 home win at 19/4 gets the nod as our final Arsenal vs Dundalk prediction.
ARSENAL 0-1 Leicester
Waterford 1-0 DUNDALK
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