class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Arteta's men have been slow to get going in recent matches, and Al Hain-Cole is backing the Lilywhites to put up stern resistance at the Emirates
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Dundalk will be hoping to pull off a Europa League upset when they travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal on Thursday.
The Irish underdogs came close to a surprise win in their Group B opener versus Molde, taking the lead early on before going down 2-1 at home.
It was the reverse storyline for the Gunners, who trailed 1-0 at Rapid Vienna with just 20 minutes left before goals from David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured they took the points home.
Arsenal vs Dundalk Latest Odds
However, Dundalk are hefty 28/1 (29.00) outsiders to cause one of the biggest shocks in recent Europa League memory by coming out on top in London.
The Gunners suffered their first home defeat of the season in Sunday’s 1-0 loss against Leicester but are clear 1/20 (1.05) favourites to bounce back with a victory here.
None of the hosts’ last nine home games in this competition have resulted in draws but you can get odds of 14/1 (15.00) on them being held to a stalemate in this one.
Arsenal vs Dundalk Team News
David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding and Gariel Martinelli are all injured for Arsenal, while Willian is also doubtful.
Dane Massey is still recovering from a hip injury, while Nathan Oduwa will be assessed after a spell on the sidelines.
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The Lilywhites held their own for most of their opening game against the Norwegian champions, leading until just after the hour mark and only conceding the deciding goal with less than 20 minutes to go.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s team was slow to get going in their victory over Rapid Vienna, coming from behind to win 2-1 in a game that was goalless at half-time.
In fact, they have often struggled for a breakthrough in recent matches, scoring just one first-half goal in the last seven fixtures in all competitions.
Arsenal vs Dundalk Tips and Predictions
With Filippo Giovagnoli’s men determined to put up stern resistance, odds of 20/21 (1.95) are well worth backing on them ensuring the majority of the goals don’t go in until after the break for Arsenal’s fourth game in five.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.