ARS vs BTE Dream11 Prediction | Arsenal vs BATE Europa League Round of 32 | 2nd Leg | Team News & Fantasy Team
Arsenal find themselves in a precarious position as they get ready to face BATE at Emirates tomorrow. The English heavyweights could be facing the humiliation of going out of Europa League at the hands of minnows. BATE were the surprising winners of the 1st leg where they beat Arsenal by 1-0.
Match Details –
Arsenal vs BATE Borisov
Europa League 2018-19 | Round of 32, second leg
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Kick-off: 11:25 PM IST
Arsenal must be pinching themselves to realize how they landed them in the position they are in. They were heavy favorites against a BATE Borisov team that plays in an inferior league and hadn’t played a competitive game in two months. Yet, the Gunners were stunned in a 1-0 defeat when they traveled to Belarus a week ago.
Ever since taking over at Arsenal, Unai Emery has prioritized work ethic over flair and creativity. Even though it did bear fruits in the beginning, the recent months have shown how Arsenal have stagnated – if not worsened. It is clear that the Gunners need that fine blend of creativity and work ethic to truly thrive, but creativity has gone missing. The continued exclusion of top class midfielders like Ozil and Ramsey has come back to bite Arsenal.
Arsenal could still overturn the first leg defeat very easily, given their quality standards. However, it is mandatory for the North London club to pay heed to the alarm bells ringing before their season derails completely.
When BATE found out that they had to face Arsenal in the round of 32, they mustn’t have even dreamed of a 1-0 lead to take to the Emirates. The Belarusian club was heavily beaten by the Gunners in the same competition over two legs. However, they are now just 90 minutes of football away from round of 16.
A strong defensive showing at the Emirates could take BATE to the next round by knocking out one of the favorites for the title.
Arsenal – L W L W L
BATE Borisov – W W D W W
Arsenal 11: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi, Aubameyang.
BATE 11: Scherbitski; Rios, Volkov, Filipenko, Filipovic; Baga, Dragun, Simovic, Milic, Skavysh, Stasevich
Fantasy picks from Arsenal
P Aubameyang | M Ozil | G Xhaka | A Iwobi | H Mkhitaryan
Fantasy Picks from BATE
Scherbitski | Filipenko | Skavysh
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