BATE Borisov v Arsenal Betting: Tight affair as Londoners face long trip to Eastern Europe

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The Gunners are strong favourites to win, but our tipster is not expecting a classic encounter when Arsene Wenger's men visit Belarus on Thursday

Arsenal will travel more than 1100 miles to continue their Europa League campaign on Thursday night as they face BATE Borisov in Group H.

It will be the first meeting between these two teams and, to no surprise, the first time that the Gunners have faced Belarusian opposition.

The north Londoners came from behind to see off Koln in their opening game in Group H and Arsene Wenger's side are red hot favourites to strengthen their grip at the top of the table with victory here; BetSafe go just 43/100 (1.43) that the Premier League side pick up all three points.

Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal

BATE, however, are unbeaten in seven matches on home turf in European competition and the Eastern Europeans will be determined to preserve that proud record here; BetSafe offer 27/4 (7.75) that the home side claim a famous victory while the same firm go 18/5 (4.60) that both teams settle for a share of the spoils.

BATE warmed up for this tussle with a superb 6-0 win in domestic competition and BetSafe quote 16/25 (1.64) that there are more than two goals scored in this game, while the same firm are 79/100 (1.79) that there are goals at both ends; that particular play would have paid dividends in the respective opening Group H games for both of these sides, for Arsenal were 3-1 winners, while BATE claimed a hard-fought point against Red Star Belgrade in the Serbian capital.

Given that this fixture kicks off under 72 hours after Arsenal beat West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, Wenger may well be tempted to rest some of his key players for this daunting 2,200 mile round trip; nevertheless, Arsenal should prove to be too strong for Aleksandr Yermakovich's men here.

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As such, the 29/20 (2.45) quote on offer from BetSafe for Arsenal to win to nil could well prove popular with punters, while the same firm offer 9/10 (1.90) that the Gunners hold a half time lead in Belarus.

The home side, however, are more than capable of keeping things tight and frustrating Wenger's men - particularly if, as expected, the north Londoners are not at full strength; BATE were last beaten on home turf in European competition by Barcelona back in 2015 but the Spanish side only won 2-0 on that occasion and, as such, backing a tight tussle may prove to be a shrewd selection.

With that in mind, BetSafe's 63/50 (2.26) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored could well provide punters with a path to profit from Thursday's crucial clash from Europa League Group H.

Under 2.5 goals at 63/50 (2.26) for a 1pt stake with Betsafe
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