Back to business for the Europa League

No room for error for Arsenal

Arsenal simply have to deliver when they host BATE Borisov in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday evening.

The Gunners gave a woeful display in the first leg in Belarus, losing 1-0, with the late sending-off of striker Alexandre Lacazette leaving them shorn of one major attacking option for their second-leg rescue mission.

Aubameyang needs to fire

The absence of Lacazette piles even more responsibility on record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is all but a certainty to start, rather than be used as a substitute as he was in the first leg.

The Gabon international is 2.85 to score the opening goal of the game at the Emirates Stadium, while his price of 1.40 to score at any time is perhaps a little skinny to be too much of a temptation.

You would rightly think that goals are likely to be on the cards on Thursday evening and both teams to score at 2.40 may take your eye, especially when you consider that the Gunners have only kept one clean sheet in their last seven games in all competitions.

Should a goal-fest ensue, then 3.55 for a total of over 4.5 goals in the game is a long shot that has the potential to pay off.

Blues simply have to impress

Across London, Chelsea also have plenty to prove, but they are in a far more comfortable position than their capital rivals, having won 2-1 at Malmo in the first leg of their last-32 tie.

However, the mood in the Stamford Bridge camp must be far from upbeat following recent Premier League thrashings at the hands of Bournemouth and Manchester City and a 2-0 FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester United.

What sort of side under-pressure head coach Maurizio Sarri decides to name should be interesting, with striker Olivier Giroud among those hoping to be handed a start.

The Frenchman scored in the first leg to end a run of ten games without a goal and he is of interest at 2.05 to find the net at any time in the second leg.

Whatever their recent problems, the hosts should have more than enough to progress, with Chelsea 1.83 to win to zero and 3.30 to claim victory by a two-goal margin.

Fast start only hope for Bhoys

Celtic have left themselves with a huge mountain to climb if their Europa League journey is to continue, having lost the first leg of their tie 2-0 at home to Valencia.

Los Che have improved markedly after a dismal first half of the season and have lost just once in their last 11 games in all competitions.

Therefore, there seems little reason to take an interest in the qualifying markets, but Celtic know they simply have to go for it in the Mestalla.

With that in mind, an early goal seems to make a deal of sense, with 2.85 on offer for a goal to be scored in the 16-30 minute period of the game.

You would expect goals to be on the cards whatever, but an early breakthrough for either side could open the floodgates.

Over 2.5 total goals in the match at 1.86 could offer a useful return, while if you are feeling a little braver over 3.5 total goals offers plenty of potential at 3.20.

Rennes remain a danger

Real Betis may have fought back from two goals down twice in their 3-3 draw away to Rennes in the first leg of their tie, but they are far from out of the woods.

The Spaniards will rightly be fancied to reach the last-16, but with an open game likely, both teams to score in Seville is priced at 1.86.

However, French sides have showed up well in the Europa League in recent seasons and, as long as Rennes improve on the form which saw them lose 2-0 at Reims at the weekend, they could still spring a shock.

Les Rouges et Noirs are a lengthy 4.55 to qualify at the expense of Betis, with the visitors 6.05 to win by a single-goal margin which would be enough to progress.