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Dundalk vs Arsenal: Hosts backed to get on scoresheet

Kick-off: 1755, 10/12/2020

Stadium: Aviva Stadium

TV: BT Sport

Arsenal are already through as Europa League Group B winners and Dundalk are consigned to finishing bottom following five straight defeats.

However, the Irish outfit do have a point to prove here, with the Gunners being the only team to nil them in the pool so far.

Having scored in all four of their other fixtures, we like 21/20 for the Lilywhites to hit the back of the net here for our first Dundalk vs Arsenal prediction.

A Look At Dundalk’s Betting Odds

Despite being pointless, Dundalk can look back on their Europa League campaign with plenty of pride following some entertaining encounters.

Filippo Giovagnoli’s side led in their opening match before eventually going down 2-1 at home to Molde.

Chances were rare in a 3-0 defeat at Emirates Stadium, with Patrick McEleney’s early long-range effort an exception.

However, they put in an excellent effort when visiting Rapid Vienna, being level at 2-2 with 10 minutes left on the clock before ultimately losing 4-3.

Late consolation goals were scored in a 3-1 home defeat against Rapid and when beaten by the same scoreline at Molde, so Dundalk are clearly prepared to keep going until the very end.

Last weekend’s 4-2 FAI Cup final win over Shamrock also ended a disappointing domestic season on a high note.

Looking at the Dundalk vs Arsenal odds, there is value appeal in 5/2 for the hosts to net exactly once in the second half.

A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds

The Europa League has been a welcome distraction for Arsenal away from their miserable Premier League form.

Sunday’s 2-0 loss to arch-rivals Tottenham left them 15th in the table after picking up just one point from their last four fixtures in that competition.

However, Mikel Arteta will be content with five consecutive victories in this pool, with 16 goals scored and only three conceded.

The Gunners were made to work hard for an opening 2-1 triumph at Rapid Vienna but it has been pretty much plain sailing ever since.

Dundalk were brushed aside by three goals in four minutes either side of half-time, before 4-1 and 3-0 wins over Molde.

Last week’s 4-1 victory over Rapid in London meant top spot was wrapped up with a game to spare, so it will be interesting to see how Arteta approaches this fixture.

With crucial home games against Burnley and Southampton coming up, the percentage call must be that he will rest key players in Ireland.

That makes 17/2 for a steady 2-1 success at Aviva Stadium worth support in our Dundalk vs Arsenal betting tips.

Additional stats

Last Europa League result:

Molde 3-1 DUNDALK – Jordan Flores

ARSENAL 4-1 Rapid Vienna – Alexandre Lacazette, Pablo Mari, Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith-Rowe

Head-to-head: Arsenal 3-0 Dundalk

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