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Dundalk have got some serious work to do if they want to defend their League of Ireland title that they’ve won in five of the past six seasons. They now sit third in the table, 13 points off Shamrock Rovers as we approach the halfway stage, though that has very little bearing on this Europa League clash against Arsenal.
The Gunners sit top of the group after their opening round win against Rapid Wien, though fans will not be convinced by recent form having lost to both Man City and Leicester either side of that trip to Austria, though the gulf in class between these two is evident and we’re not even going to consider a result for the away side here.
Under 3.5 Goals
What is in question though is the hosts’ ability to blow them out the water. Nine of Arsenal’s 10 matches this season in all competitions have seen three goals or fewer, despite the league average for goals being much higher than usual.
The exception came as they lost 3-1 at Anfield and they’ve really struggled for output since an opening day 3-0 win over lowly Fulham, scoring just nine times in eight matches since then.
Mikel Arteta will accept nothing less than a victory here and while we’d expect that from the home side, their injury list is getting longer by the week and we’d expect a makeshift side here.
Indeed, Bukayo Saka and David Luiz went off injured against Leicester at the weekend, and the latter will be of greater concern for the manager considering Callum Chambers, Rob Holding and Pablo Mari all remain sidelined which leaves them short at the back.
Willian will also not likely play any part here, while Gabriel Martinelli is another long-term absentee. While the Gunners have good strength in depth, they might just struggle to jell here.
Arsenal To Win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1
Dundalk lost narrowly to Molde in their opening game of the group, and considering they’ve only conceded four goals across their last six outings in all competitions and even though these sides don’t hold a candle to Arsenal, they should be more respected than the market suggests.
They’ve also only scored five times in those six games and with the hosts not exactly firing on all cylinders at the moment, a reserved Unders bet at odds against looks to hold value here.
In addition, with Arsenal scoring two or less in each of their last eight matches, as well as in their last six European games, the multibet exact score holds some serious value if you’re looking to get the hosts onside, while with a likely makeshift centre-back pairing this gives some cushion if the visitors were to nab themselves a goal.