Theo Walcott is set for another start after getting off the mark in the Carabao Cup last week.
This is BATE’s first season in the Europa League since 2010/11 as they’ve participated in the Champions League group stages in four of the six seasons since. Their home record in this time reads W3-D2-L7, but it does include a victory over Bayern, and in the most recent of these (2015/16) they took four points off Leverkusen, Roma and Barcelona, not conceding before the break in any. They’ll certainly not be pushovers, especially against a side that is prone to being as fragile on the road as Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has stated that finishing in the top-four of the Premier League is their best chance of getting back into Europe’s elite competition, and so like he did against Koln, we expect him to give many of those on the fringes an opportunity. Against the Germans, they found themselves trailing at the break before coming back in the second-half and with a similar set of players likely to take the field in Belarus we don’t see the Gunners getting away early.
Indeed, sides from Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues have led just once in seven trips to Belarusian clubs in the past three seasons. Moreover, Arsenal have gone into half-time all-square in five of eight trips since 2013/14 when excluding opposition we have ranked in the top-40 in Europe. The half-time drawappeals at 2.6, but considering Wenger’s men went on to win four of those five matches, we’ll back them on the Draw/Arsenal Half-Time/Full-Time double as well.
BATE Borisov v Arsenal [Half Time]
BATE Borisov v Arsenal [Half Time/Full Time]
Theo Walcott looks set to be one of those fringe players this season having yet to start a game in the league. He got off the mark last week in the Carabao Cup and in last season’s Champions League he bagged himself four goals in just six appearances. He’s available at 3.0 to score anytime.
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BATE Borisov v Arsenal [Anytime Goalscorer]
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