Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Against all odds, Arsenal suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to BATE in Borisov in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The Gunners failed to turn their dominance into goals in the first leg and, as a result, they need to record a big win over the Belarusian champions if they are to advance to the last 16 of the European competition. Unai Emery is likely to field the best possible side against BATE in Thursday’s football match and we predict that the Premier League side will overcome the deficit. Alexandre Lacazette misses the match through suspension, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns to the starting line-up after coming as a substitute in the first leg. BATE are tough to beat at home, but seeing that they struggle on the travels, we are positive that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to London.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain. This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot. Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
Highlighted Team (BATE Borisov):
BATE Borisov are a Belarusian club based in Borisov. BATE is an acronym of Borisov Automobile and Tractor Electronics and it has to be noted that club was founded in 1973. One year later BATE Borisov wan Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic title and they won two more trophies in the competition (1976, 1979) before being disbanded in 1984. In 1996 the club was re-established and they have been dominating the Belarusian Premier League ever since. The Belarusian giants won their 13th domestic trophy in the post-Soviet era in 2016, with the team finishing the season 11 points clear of second-placed Shakhtyor Soligorsk. BATE Borisov qualified for the Champions League group stages for the first time in the 2008/2009 season, but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the elite competition. A number of top-class footballers played for the club in the past and the likes of Alexander Hleb, Vitali Kutuzov and Yuri Zhevnon should be mentioned. BATE play their home games in blue shirts and blue shorts, while they wear yellow when playing on the road.