Kick-off: 1755, 21/02/2019
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: BT Sport
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What Trueform says for Arsenal vs BATE Borisov
Arsenal have given themselves plenty of work to do in their Europa League tie with BATE Borisov after losing 1-0 in Belarus but we’re confident they can turn things around.
The Gunners romped to a 6-0 victory when these teams met at Emirates Stadium during last season’s group stage.
It may not be as emphatic this week, but we’re still snapping up 23/20 for the hosts to oblige by more than two clear goals for our initial Arsenal vs BATE Borisov prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal were left to rue some poor finishing early on when suffering a surprise defeat in the first leg.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed a great chance in the opening 90 seconds, before Alexandre Lacazette headed badly over the crossbar when well placed.
Petr Cech commented: “It was one of those games where if we played for another couple of hours, we still probably wouldn’t have scored.
“This is the advantage of playing two-legged ties – when one game goes wrong, you can always make up for it.”
Lacazette, who had a second-half equaliser correctly ruled out for offside, is suspended for the return fixture after being sent off with five minutes remaining.
However, Unai Emery can bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Suarez after they started on the bench in Belarus.
“We have to make sure we win the home leg and we go through,” said the manager. “We have the whole 90 minutes to play for and I am sure we can do that.”
The Gunners are usually a much more assured and composed outfit on home turf, so we like 11/2 for a 3-0 home win from the Arsenal vs BATE Borisov odds.
A Look At BATE Borisov’s Betting Odds
Stanislav Dragun’s header on the stroke of half-time proved enough to earn BATE the home win, despite having just 23 per cent of the possession.
Arsenal’s loss was made all the more galling by the fact the reigning Belarusian Premier League champions had not played a competitive game since mid-December.
However, despite winning 13 consecutive league titles, BATE have struggled in Europe, with this being only the third time they have made it to the Europa League knockout stages, so it will still be a shock if they advance.
The Gunners have been impressive at home in England’s top flight this term, posting 10 wins and two draws in the last 12 league games here, scoring 28 goals and conceding only nine.
“I trust in our players and I trust in our stadium and supporters,” added Emery. “I am sure it is going to be different.”
BATE were beaten 3-0 at PSV Eindhoven in a Champions League qualifier last August and went down 3-1 at Chelsea in this competition in late October.
The big hitters will be tempted by 3/4 for the Gunners to score at least three times and that completes our Arsenal vs BATE Borisov betting tips.
BATE BORISOV 1-0 ARSENAL – Stanislav Dragun
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