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Dundalk vs Arsenal: Europa League preview

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rsenal will be looking to make it a perfect six wins from six in the Europa League when they travel to Dundalk on Thursday evening. 

The Gunners have made light work of Group B, winning all five of their games to qualify for the last-32 as group winners, while Dundalk are yet to pick up a point and are guaranteed to finish bottom. 

However, Arsenal’s European form is in stark contrast with their domestic fortunes, with Sunday’s north London derby defeat to Tottenham making it just one win in their last seven Premier League games. 

That has seen the pressure mount on Mikel Arteta and with the Gunners languishing in 15th place, it already looks as if the Europa League may represent his side’s best chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. 

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Date, kick-off time and venue

Dundalk vs Arsenal is scheduled for an 5:55pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

The match will be held at Aviva Stadium. 

Dundalk vs Arsenal TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2, with coverage from 5:30pm.

Dundalk vs Arsenal live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.

Mikel Arteta has used this competition to rotate his side and blood young players, and with the Gunners already through in first place we could see an even more extreme example of that. 

The likes of Folarin Balogun and Emile Smith Rowe could get their first starts having impressed off the bench in recent weeks, while fellow academy graduates such as Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson will be keen to continue their impressive campaigns. 

Midfielder Thomas Partey is expected to miss out after hobbling off on his return from injury against Tottenham, though the Ghanaian is unlikely to have featured even if fit. 

Dundalk vs Arsenal prediction: 1-3 away win

Arsenal have played with a swagger and confidence in Europe that has been missing from their league displays, and that is unlikely to change against on paper the poorest team in the group. 

Dundalk vs Arsenal head to head (h2h) history and results

The only previous meeting between these two sides was the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the group stage, which Arsenal won 3-0. 

Dundalk vs Arsenal odds and betting tips (subject to change)

  • Dundalk to win: 25/1
  • Draw: 2/11
  • Arsenal to win: 7/1 

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