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Arsenal v BATE Borisov predictions, betting tips & match preview: Goals to be at a premium in Group H finale

Leigh Copson 5 Dec 2017
  • Arsenal v BATE Borisov kicks off at 20:05 GMT on Thursday, December 7
  • Get free predictions & betting tips for this Europa League match
Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal (credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Arsenal v BATE Borisov predictions for the Europa League game on Thursday, December 7. Can Arsenal wrap up their group campaign with a return to winning ways? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Arsenal v BATE Borisov Predictions

Arsenal v BATE Borisov Betting Tips Explained

Arsenal go into their final group game having already wrapped up a place in the last-32 of the Europa League, and that has been plain for all to see in their last couple of outings in this competition.

Manager Arsene Wenger has given fringe players and youngsters the opportunity to impress him during the group stage, and having made a flying start with three straight victories, the Gunners second string have failed to take their opportunity to shine over the past few weeks. A dismal goalless draw at home to Red Star Belgrade was followed by a 1-0 defeat to a Cologne side that had managed just two competitive wins all season prior to that clash, but Wenger refused to be too critical of them in the wake of those results and will give them another run-out on Thursday night.

But while this is a dead rubber for Arsenal, it is a big match for a BATE Borisov outfit that can still follow the Gunners into the knockout stage of the Europa League. The Belarusian side are bottom of Group H, but they are just one point behind Red Star Belgrade and Cologne heading into Matchday Six and that means a win for them, coupled with a Red Star-Cologne draw, would see them snatch the second qualifying spot.

However, I do not see them winning this match no matter how lacklustre Arsenal have been in their most recent European outings. Borisov’s away record in Europe does make for particularly impressive reading – they have won just two of their last eight away games on foreign soil and have already lost to the likes of Astana and Slavia Prague on their travels this season. On both of those occasions they failed to find the back of the net and that means Arsenal should not need many goals to get the job done here. However, this Gunners group has hardly looked lethal in their last couple of Europa League outings so, for me, the Match Betting market is one to ignore.

That does not mean we are short of tempting bets though – the first of them being backing Under 2.5 Total Goals. The first meeting between these two clubs produced six, but the goals have dried up for Arsenal in Europe since then, with just one coming in their last three games. They have conceded just one goal in that time though, so Borisov are going to have problems trying to break down the hosts’ defence. This has the makings of being a dour, low-scoring affair played out in front of a subdued crowd at the Emirates Stadium.

And for my second suggestion I suggest backing the game to be goalless at half-time. This has been the case in each of Arsenal’s last three European fixtures and while they lack that cutting edge up front, they may have difficulty breaking down a defensive Borisov side that will be taking no risks as they try to snatch a winner on the break.

Arsenal v BATE Borisov Betting Odds

Arsenal v BATE Borisov Stats

  • Arsenal have scored in just one of their last three Europa League fixtures
  • Arsenal’s last three Europa League matches have been goalless at half-time
  • Each of Arsenal’s last three Europa League games have produced Under 2.5 Total Goals
  • Arsenal have suffered only one competitive defeat at home so far this season

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