Once again with the reserve team, Arsenal will put on this Thursday, December 7, an end point in their participation in the group stage of the Europa League version 2017/2018. From 18:05 (GMT), Bate Borisov will be at the Emirates Stadium in London.
The English are not only classified as guaranteed in the first position. There were ten points. The fight for the second wave, however, remains open. Red Star and Cologne with six points and Bate, with five, have the possibility of reaching the number two position, which gives the right to play the next stage of the tournament.
Arsenal’s recent performance
In this scenario, this Thursday’s duel is only for Arsenal to meet the table. The qualification of a reserve team, however, has nothing to do with this situation. Knowing the power of his squad, Arséne Wenger has put Team B on the field since the first round. It was more than enough for the goal to survive for the knockout stage to be achieved.
In that first half, the coach gave absolute priority to the Premier League. The results, however, can not be considered satisfactory. On Saturday, December 2, at home, Arsenal were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United. It got even further removed from the fight for the lead.
With 28 points (nine wins, one draw and five losses), the Gunners occupy the fifth place. The difference for Manchester City, the leader, is 15 points, which virtually ruled out winning the title, although there are 23 days to be played.
However, there is the expectation that Arsenal will at least be in the zone of classification for the Europa League. At the moment, it is out of that block, which is closed by Liverpool, fourth placed, with 29 points.
The current form of Bate
The Belarus team’s classification involves a combination of results. The team must necessarily surpass Arsenal. In addition, have to rely on the tie between Red Star and Colony remain in the tie in game that will be played at the same time in Serbia.
From this combination, equality is the result that is most likely to occur. However, Bate can count on an advantage in preparing for that match. As the Belarusian Championship follows the annual calendar, it had its race ended on 26 November. Thus, the club had all the period so that it could train aiming the confrontation with Arsenal.
And he did it in a positive mood since in the final round of the tournament he reached the national title for the eleventh consecutive time as he tied Gordeja as a visitor. He thus achieved 68 points (21 wins, five draws and four losses). Same number of points of the Dynamo Minsk, that lost the title in the balance of goals.
History of the matches Arsenal vs Bate
The start of the first round of the current edition of the Europa League was the first involving the teams. Arsenal won by 4-2.
It is even possible to try a more risky guess in the confrontation. After all, Arsenal has no interest in the game and Bate had plenty of time to prepare. However, the technical limitations put forward by the Belarusian club do not make that possibility anything exciting.
Thus, Arsenal reserves should be considered the best option for guess. They have a price of 1.38 in Betboo. Draw shows return of 5.20 and successful visitor yields 6.50 per invested real.