Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Despite suffering a 1-0 loss to Koln at Rhein-Energie-Stadium in their last group game Arsenal clinched top position in Group H. The Gunners aim to finish the process in style and we predict they will go all guns blazing at BATE Borisov when the two teams face each other at Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger is likely to stick to his rotation policy, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, home win should be considered. The Belarusian team are eyeing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, but we do not believe that they are capable of claiming a major scalp in Thursday’s football game. Olivier Giroud has found his form of late and the French striker is likely to lead the attack for the hosts against BATE Borisov. When the two teams met in Belarus earlier in the process Arsenal outplayed Aleksandr Yermakovich’s men 4-2.
Highlighted Player (Alexis Sanchez):
Alexis Sanchez is a Chilean football player born on 19th of December 1988. Sanchez started playing football for Cobreloa and played for Colo Colo, River Plate, Udinese and FC Barcelona before he started playing for Arsenal in 2014. The Chilean player is active for the national team as well. Alexis Sanchez is a right winger and is known for his speed, agility and stamina. Alexis Sanchez won several prizes in his career such as the Primera Divisin, World Cup for club teams, the FA cup and the Copa America. In 413 games in his career Alexis Sanchez made 112 goals. Alexis Sanchez’ nickname was give by the Colo Colo fans and is El Nino Maravila which literally means The Wonder Kid. In 2014-2015 Alexis Sanchez was placed in the PFA team of the year and got nominated as Player of the year.
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.