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Qarabag vs Arsenal: Gunners made to battle

Qarabag vs Arsenal Match Preview and Predictions

Unai Emery enjoyed his first Europa League game in charge of Arsenal as they beat Vorskla Poltava 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium in Group E.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

Emery guided Sevilla to three successive triumphs in this competition between 2014-16 and saw the club's record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score twice.

Azerbaijan champions Qarabag, beaten in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, began with a 2-0 loss at Sporting Lisbon.

Match information

When is it? Thursday 4th October

What time is kick-off? 17:55

Where is it being played? Baku Olympic Stadium

Which channel is it on? BT Sport 2

Who is the referee? Davide Massa

Qarabag vs Arsenal Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available:

The Lowdown

Arsenal led 4-0 against the Ukrainians with Aubameyang's brace as well as goals from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil before allowing their opponents two late consolation efforts.

The Gunners had struggled to break Vorskla Poltava down for half an hour but took control once the Gabon international had opened the scoring.

Emery's side go into the game on the back of a seven-match winning streak but they did not have it all their own way in 2-0 Premier League home wins over Everton and Watford since, which sandwiched an EFL Cup triumph over Brentford at this venue.

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Qarabag responded to their loss in Lisbon by reeling off three successive wins in the Azerbaijan league, which they sit joint-top of with 16 points from six games.

Their only home loss this season came against Bate Borisov as they bowed out of the qualifying stages of the Champions League.

The Premier League side will be given a much sterner test but we still expect them to prevail and we are jumping on the BetStars odds boost of 15/8 for Arsenal to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0.

First goalscorer tips

Danny Welbeck has scored three times on his last two starts for Arsenal, netting in their opening Europa League tie before bagging a brace in the 3-1 home win over Brentford in the League Cup.

The England international has been limited to substitute roles in the Premier League, behind Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, but is always a goal threat. He is worth considering at 4/1 in the first goalscorer odds.

Anytime goalscorer tips

The future of Aaron Ramsey has attracted much attention over the last few months, with the midfielder looking likely to leave next summer after the club reportedly withdrew the offer of a new contract.

He is the club's longest-serving player having joined from Cardiff in 2008 but, a free agent at the end of the season, his days appear numbered.

However, the Wales international is a top professional and also remains an attacking threat and is 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer odds.

Where the game will be won or lost

Arsenal's confidence is high following seven straight wins despite being fortunate in some games.

The Gunners have not looked back since losing the first two games against Manchester City and Chelsea, with Rob Holding hailing the new manager.

The defender said: "He said when he came in that he wanted to bring a winning mentality and I think you get that from wins and you go into each game confident."

Qarabag have met English opposition before in Tottenham and Chelsea, failing to score at home against either Premier League side.

We feel they will struggle to break down a resolute Arsenal defence which has leaked just seven goals during their winning run.

But they did hold Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw at this venue last October and have let in just one goal in four home European games this season.

This is a game where the Gunners will need to stand up and be counted but we do expect them to have too much quality for their opponents and come away with a second successive group win.

Let's add under 2.5 goals at evens to our Europa League tips and we will finish our Qarabag vs Arsenal predictions by going for Draw HT/Arsenal FT at 3/1.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Arsenal can make it eight successive wins in all competitions with a second straight victory in the Europa League but we think they will be made to work hard for the points, with their defence giving up plenty of chances in recent Premier League games.

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Stuart Walker
@BetStars in Football