BATE Borisov vs Arsenal
Europa League, Europe
Date: Thursday, 14th February 2019
Kick off at: 17.55 GMT
Venue: Borisov Arena, Barysaw, Belarus
Arsenal are set to get their Europa League campaign going again this month as they face BATE Borisov. Unai Emery’s men will be keen on getting a win on their first leg match up before returning to London.
BATE Borisov vs Arsenal Possible Lineups
Here are the probable lineups for this two sides as they gear themselves for an important Champions League first leg clash on Thursday. Let’s take a look at what kind of lineups and formation that both teams could be preparing to help them achieving their target.
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Scherbitski(g);Rios, Volkov, Filipenko, Filipovic(def);Baha, Drahun, Ivanic(mid);Skavysh, Dubajic , Stasevich(att)
Expected Formation: 3-4-3
Probable Lineups: Leno(g); Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal(def);Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Guendouzi, Kolasinac(mid);Suarez, Aubameyang, Ozil(att)
Heading into this Thursday battle, both teams have already been involved in several matches mainly in their domestic competition. Let’s find out what kind of results the two sides have been getting recently to have a clear idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): LWWDW
Being in a pre-season mode before starting their local league on March, is not possible to check out BATE’s current form. Checking out from their Europa League run, they’ve shown positive improvement in their final group games.
BATE won their final two group games in Europa League to get them through in the knock out stage. Their last match before going into a break was their 3-1 away victory against PAOK.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : WLWLW
Since the start of 2019, Gunners continue to struggle in rediscovering their consistency. Emery’s side won three games out of their last five fixtures, but also lose the remaining two.
Losing against Manchester City puts them temporarily out of the top four seat in Premier League standings. Even their recent win over Huddersfield Town is still not enough to bring them back into that fourth place position.
Alyaksey Baha’s team doesn’t have much issue with injuries or absentees for this midweek tie. Jasse Tuominen is the only player who won’t be available for selection against Gunners due to an ankle injury.
Another problem for the Belarusian side would be Nikolai Signevich’s departure in the January transfer market. However, Baha will prepare Bojan Dubajic’s as Signevich’s replacement up front for next Thursday clash.
Emery’s side have been riddle with injury issues as Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding are all out with long term injuries. Sokratis and Granit Xhaka could also miss the Europa League match as they won’t be fit yet.
However, Mesut Ozil along with Pierre Aubameyang both could return into the starting line up on Thursday. New signing, Denis Suarez could also play from the start against BATE.
Head to Head Records:
Both teams met in last season’s Europa League group stage with Gunners winning both matches home and away.
The clash at BATE’s home ground back on 29 September 2017 ended with a 4-2 victory for Emery’s team.
The home team will certainly give their best shot to cause problems for their Premier League opposition. However, Baha’s team lack of competitive matches might trouble them when facing a much stronger side such as Arsenal
Gunners themselves are not just going to give away this tie, knowing that Europa League can give them that pathway to a Champions League spot. Moreover, Emery also have good experience in winning the competition during his time with Sevilla.
Final Score: 1-3