Arsenal v BATE Betting Tips & Odds – 07/12/17

Arsenal v BATE Betting Tips & Odds – 07/12/17

Arsenal v BATE Betting Tips & Odds

In our Arsenal v BATE betting preview we look at what could possibly be the best bets between the two sides.

Overview

Group H winners Arsenal host bottom side BATE this Thursday night in a match the home side will be strong favourites to win. The Gunners have made light work of this group, losing just one game in five prior to this final fixture at the Emirates and will now progress through to the knockout stages as strong favourites to win the whole competition. The visitors have only managed one win in five attempts ahead of this clash, and currently sit bottom of the group, but could still qualify with a win here should the groups other game between FC Koln and Red Star Belgrade end as a draw.

Jack Wilshere is in line to start this match after seeing game time limited in the Premier League this term.

 Arsenal beaten last time out

The hosts for this match have already won Group H, so won’t necessarily be too bothered about the result here. Arsene Wenger will however want to win to inject some much needed confidence back into his squad after a 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester United on Saturday evening. In a game packed full of high intensity, Arsenal found themselves a goal down within the first 5 minutes through a well taken finish from United full back Antonio Valencia. Things went from bad to worse for Wenger and his men just 7 minutes later when Jesse Lingard made it two for Jose Mourinho’s visitors, and although Alexandre Lacazette did manage to pull one back for Arsenal just after half time, the game was ended as a contest just after the hour mark when Paul Pogba linked up with Lingard for his second of the game, 3-1.

Although that result against Jose Mourinho’s men see’s Arsenal slip to 5th in the table, their performance at the Emirates showed signs of promise. The Gunners created so many chances in that clash and were extremely unlucky to have found United shot stopper David de Gea in inspired form, the Spanish keeper pulled off some fantastic saves to deny the hosts on more than one occasion, so they’ll take the positives from that performance and look to build on them here in this game against BATE. Arsenal go up against Southampton in their next league game on Sunday, they’ll know that will be an extremely difficult fixture considering the Saints’ record against teams from the top six, so will be hoping to build some good momentum ahead of that tie with a win here. Arsene Wenger is expected to make a host of changes for this game, with the likes of Rob Holding, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Reiss Nelson all reportedly coming in for Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez.

Arsene Wenger is expected to make a host of changes for this clash against the Belarus outfit.

Visitors with it all to play for

Although the visitors sit bottom in the group as things stand, they are only a single point behind both second placed FC Koln and third placed Red Star Belgrade going into this fixture in North London. A win here would mean that they would qualify for the knockout stages as group runners up IF the deadlock can’t be broken between Red Star Belgrade & FC Koln in Group H’s other game on Thursday night. A loss however, would end all hopes of that happening and would mean that the Belarusian outfit would exit the competition. A victory for BATE here would only work if the Red Star Belgrade and FC Koln draw their game, so if either of those side get a win, then they will progress to the knockout stages ahead of BATE, regardless of their result here against Arsenal.

The last time these two sides met it ended in a 4-2 win for Arsenal in fiercely contested battle at the Borisov Arena. Two goals from Theo Walcott were added to by a rare goal for defender Rob Holding in the first half, before front man Olivier Giroud secured the win for the Gunners with a well taken penalty just 5 minutes after half time. We can see this fixture heading in a similar direction as well, Arsenal will want to finish their qualifying campaign exactly how they started it, strongly. Backing the North Londoners to win has no real value in it, so a -1 handicap could be a much better option for this one – that’s priced at 11/10 with SkyBet!

BATE sit bottom of Group H going into this fixture, but could still qualify with a win.

Odds

Arsenal are strong favourites to win this clash, although they’re almost certainly going to play a weakened side ahead of their game against Southampton on Sunday, they should still have enough quality to come away with 3 points here. If you can see the Gunners prevailing here, you can get them priced at 4/9 with Betway. A win for the travellers is priced with PaddyPower at 11/2, while the points to be shared is 7/2 with Ladbrokes.

Recommended Bets:

Arsenal -1 handicap (Best priced at 11/10 with SkyBet) – BET HERE

Over 3.5 goals  (Best priced at 11/8 with Betfair) – BET HERE

Arsenal to win the first half (Best priced at EVENS with Coral) – BET HERE

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