BATE vs Arsenal Europa League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Europa League BATE Borisov vs Arsenal
BATE vs Arsenal Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 1-0.

The first legs of the Europa League knockout rounds are played this week although there is little doubt over the outcome of this tie, with Premier League Arsenal holding the ascendancy given the stars in their squad and manager Unai Emery’s experience in this competition.


While a trip to this part of Europe may be a struggle for some clubs, Arsenal have managed to deal with eastern Europe fairly well during their time in the Europa League.

BATE will go into this game as underdogs which might be fair given their opponents but after winning the Belarus First Division in 2018, they have the potential to cause an upset.

Borisov drew Chelsea in the group stage after falling into the Europa League via the Champions League playoffs and while they did lose 3-1 to the Blues at Stamford Bridge the reverse fixture was much tighter, with Chelsea only managing a 1-0 victory.

As for the visitors, they come into this game without a worry from a Europa League standpoint after dropping just two points throughout the group stage – a 0-0 draw at home to Sporting Lisbon – and only conceded two goals in the group stage which was in the first game at home to Vorslka.

However the problems for Arsenal lay in the league where they can’t quite get things going. Wins against Huddersfield, Cardiff and Chelsea have kept them in touch with the top four but losses away at West Ham and at Manchester City mean they sit one point behind Manchester United in the Premier League.

So while the Gunners have the top four on their mind, they know that the only piece of silverware they can still win is the Europa League, a tournament that would see them automatically reach the Champions League and give Unai Emery another medal for his cabinet. They should win here, 3-1.

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Betting Tips

Arsenal are overwhelming favourites for this clash so an away win carries very little risk while it is also highly likely that both teams will score. BATE will be intent on giving their home fans a big game to savour and this is among the best online betting odds for this midweek round of action. 888sport have it as 3/10 when combined with the Arsenal win win.

These are short odds for an outcome which is just as probable as they reflect, due to the results earlier in the competition for both sides. Home advantage could play a big part in how the momentum in this game goes, but it’s very hard to see anyone other than the Gunners winning this one, rated at 27/25 by 888sport.


Head to Head

These two sides met in the Europa League group stage last season when Arsenal were experiencing the second tier European competition for the first time in years, with the first game in Belarus ending 4-2 in Arsenal’s favour while the Gunners won 6-0 in North London.


  • While Arsenal haven’t managed to lose away from home in the Europa League this season, they managed to drop two games last year away from the Emirates, against
  • German club Koln and then in the semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
  • BATE ran out as nine-point winners of the Belarus First Division in 2018 and their home record was a big reason why. 15 games played, 12 wins and 3 draws as they established their home as somewhat of a fortress.
  • The Gunners away from North London has been patchy, with five wins, three draws and five losses in the Premier League so far this season, conceding more goals away than they’ve scored.
  • But despite their inconsistent form away from home domestically, Arsenal should not have a problem with this one, considering how comfortably they beat BATE last season and all they’ll need is one goal away, something they’ve managed to do in every Europa League away game this season.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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