UEFA Europa League, kick-off at 6:00pm Thursday 28th September 2017 from Borisov Arena
Another footballing first on Thursday evening as Arsenal travel to meet the challenge of BATE Borisov in the Europa League, a match played out live in front of the BT Sport cameras, kick-off scheduled for 6.00pm. The Gunners are hot favourites, but go at a better price than you might expect, meaning there’s plenty of value around in this one.
We shouldn’t see the English Premier League side at anywhere near full strength, but will they get the job done and pick up a second win in this competition, stretching their advantage at the top of Group H? We think so. Follow our free betting tips and predictions, including a big price selection.
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Team News – BATE Borisov
Belarussian Premier League champions Borisov certainly aren’t one of the bigger sides Arsenal would’ve encountered in European football, but they boast experience playing in the Champions League proper, and will prove to be a tough nut to crack on their own patch. If The Gunners think this is a gimme, sending a squad of youth and fringe players over, they’ll be given a sharp wake-up call. Surely Wenger is too long in the tooth for mistakes like that.
BATE go into this glamour tie with a point on the board, fighting out a 1-1 finish with Crvena Zvezda in round one of this competition. That leaves them second in the pile, knowing an upset victory here would move them to the top of the rankings. It’s possible, of course, just not very likely. They are expected to make this match as competitive as possible however, and Borisov scoring a goal is currently no bigger than Sportingbet’s 7/10, no goal priced at 21/20 with the same firm.
Those prices count regardless of the outcome of this match, all players are betting on there is the home side’s ability to score at least once. Arsenal certainly aren’t known for their solid defending these days, so we wouldn’t put anyone off. A home win has been written off across the board, but William Hill are particularly keen to take the locals on, offering a top price of 7/1 on BATE pulling off an upset. +1 on the handicap is 2/1 at William Hill.
Team News – Arsenal
Arsenal picked up a vital win on Monday night when beating West Brom 2-0 at the Emirates. In a bad-tempered contest, Lacazette scored a double, one either side of half-time, to wrap things up. The new recruit has hit the ground running in London, and is the one rare positive for fans in the early exchanges of this season. He’s 7/2 jolly with bet365 to score first on Thursday night, but we’d be surprised to see him play.
Monday’s win has thrown Arsenal a safety belt, dragging them up to seventh in the table, and after a nightmare start to the campaign, they’re now just a point off Spurs and the top-four, six behind the Manchester clubs, who are leading the race at present. The visitor’s last three starts in all competitions has seen them keep three clean-sheets, and a win to nil on Thursday may just catch your attention at 31/20 (Coral).
Another cheer for Arsene Wenger, that would build on the momentum his side are putting together at the moment, and hopefully edge him closer to forgiveness from fans, is favourite. Odds compilers fully expect the English side to do the business here, with Betfair’s 2/5 going as the general feeling in the parade ring at present. That’s sure to go in a fair share of betting tips and predictions, especially with those playing accumulators.
BATE Borisov vs Arsenal – UEFA Europa League Tips and Betting Predictions
We have Arsenal as convincing winners of this match, and don’t believe they’ll need to be at full-strength to get the desired result. I expected to see them around the 1/4 mark, so was pleasantly surprised to find Betfair making 2/5 available. That’s a generous offer, and we take them up on it, having Arsenal as the NAP of our betting tips.
If they do as expected, it pays to know how they’ll do it. We take our usual punt in the correct score field, taking a 3-1 Arsenal win as the next best of our predictions. Follow our thinking to interest stakes and you’ll be sitting on a 10/1 shot, courtesy of Betfair. This should be an entertaining night’s viewing, but Arsenal have more than enough talent to do the business.
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