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Arsenal vs Villarreal betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

Arsenal vs Villarreal betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds
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Arsenal vs Villarreal betting tips

This article covers Arsenal FC vs Villarreal CF betting tips and predictions, and these are the betting odds.

o – Arsenal 4/5

o – Draw 14/5

o – Villarreal 10/3

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

 

Arsenal vs Villarreal: Match details

Match: Arsenal vs Villarreal

Competition: UEFA Europa League

Date: May 6, 2021

Kick-off time: 8:00 pm, May 6, 2021 (UK time)

Stadium: Emirates Stadium

Arsenal vs Villarreal betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

Arsenal’s French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe (L) challenges Villarreal’s Argentinian defender Juan Foyth during the Europa League semi-final first leg football match between Villarreal and Arsenal at the Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on April 29, 2021. (Photo by Jose Jordan / AFP) (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

 

Betting prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Villarreal

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Arsenal did not put in even a half-inspired performance during their 2-1 loss away at Villarreal in the first-leg, but with their backs against the wall and their season – as well as next – on the line on Thursday, the Gunners should be capable of responding.

The likely return of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the matchday XI is a huge boost as well. The Gabonese international came on as a substitute last week and nearly bagged an equaliser, and Mikel Arteta will be hoping his influence shines through when the side needs him the most.

Unai Emery – like Arteta – had a habit of overthinking his tactics, so there is no telling how he will set his team up but one would think he will look to sit organised and hope to catch Arsenal on the counter.

Both teams won their weekend fixtures in their respective leagues, but I’m going with an Arsenal win here.

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To Score First: Bukayo Saka

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Much of the focus and attention is sure to be on the return of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and how to keep the Gabonese hitman off the scoresheet, but should Bukayo Saka make it into the matchday XI, the England international will be a real threat throughout. He has shown himself to be one of Arsenal’s standout performers all season long, but most importantly, has come good on numerous occasions when the Gunners needed a spark. If he is in the mood, do not discount him fire the opening salvo.

To Win To Nil: Arsenal

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Well, it is certainly a gamble to come out and say that Arsenal is capable of not only reversing the course of the two-legged tie given how things transpired in Spain while keeping a clean sheet in the process. The Gunners should have been buried after the first instalment, and if not for a smart save by Bernd Leno on Gerard Moreno to keep it at 2-0, or Unai Emery’s passive nature that saw him take off a striker for a holding midfielder rather than go for the jugular, they very well could have been. But the lifeline from the spot via Nicolas Pépé has given Arsenal plenty of hope, and Mikel Arteta’s sole focus is the massive need to get things right on Thursday. I think he will do just that.

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Arsenal vs Villarreal – recent form and head to head statistics

Arsenal London vs Villarreal CF form
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Arsenal London vs Brighton & Hove Albion - 2:0
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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal London - 1:3
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Chelsea London vs Arsenal London - 0:1
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Arsenal London vs West Bromwich Albion - 3:1
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Arsenal London vs Villarreal CF - 0:0
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Villarreal CF vs Manchester United - 1:1
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Real Madrid vs Villarreal CF - 2:1
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Villarreal CF vs Sevilla FC - 4:0
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Real Valladolid vs Villarreal CF - 0:2
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Villarreal CF vs RC Celta de Vigo - 2:4
Last 5 games for Arsenal London
May 23, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Arsenal London 2 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion
May 19, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Crystal Palace 1 - 3 Arsenal London
May 12, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Chelsea London 0 - 1 Arsenal London
May 9, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Arsenal London 3 - 1 West Bromwich Albion
May 6, 2021 UEFA Europa League 20/21 Arsenal London 0 - 0 Villarreal CF
Last 5 games for Villarreal CF
May 26, 2021 UEFA Europa League 20/21 Villarreal CF 1 - 1 Manchester United
May 22, 2021 LaLiga 20/21 Real Madrid 2 - 1 Villarreal CF
May 16, 2021 LaLiga 20/21 Villarreal CF 4 - 0 Sevilla FC
May 13, 2021 LaLiga 20/21 Real Valladolid 0 - 2 Villarreal CF
May 9, 2021 LaLiga 20/21 Villarreal CF 2 - 4 RC Celta de Vigo
Arsenal London vs Villarreal CF UEFA Europa League 20/21 form
Arsenal London Villarreal CF
14 Matches played 14
9 Matches won 12
189 Goal attempts 146
70 Shots on goal 65
85 Shots off goal 47
87 Corner kicks 73
56% Average ball possession 56%
34 Shots blocked 34
19 Cards given 23
136 Free kicks 200
34 Offsides 16
1 Shots on post 0
5 Shots on bar 5
27 Goals by foot 36
4 Goals by head 3
33 Goals scored 28
13 Goals conceded 9
Arsenal London vs Villarreal CF statistics for most recent head to head matches
Arsenal London Villarreal CF
6 Matches 6
3 Home Matches 3
3 Away Matches 3
6 Total Goals 3
1 Average Goals Scored 0.5
2 Wins 1
1 Losses 2
3 Draws 3
Last 5 games & match results between Arsenal London and Villarreal CF
May 6, 2021 UEFA Europa League 20/21 Arsenal London 0 - 0 Villarreal CF
April 29, 2021 UEFA Europa League 20/21 Villarreal CF 2 - 1 Arsenal London
April 15, 2009 Champions League 08/09 Arsenal London 3 - 0 Villarreal CF
April 7, 2009 Champions League 08/09 Villarreal CF 1 - 1 Arsenal London
April 25, 2006 Champions League 05/06 Villarreal CF 0 - 0 Arsenal London


 

Arsenal vs Villarreal: Match preview

“It’s not what we want [to miss out on Europe], obviously, but there are a lot of things that have happened in that period for many reasons. One is the level has been raised to a standard that is unprecedented in the Premier League and we are not the only club that has been out of that. But obviously no one accepts that situation and we want to change it straightaway. This season, we have the opportunity to do that.”

Arsenal tactician-in-chief Mikel Arteta spoke about the situation at hand in the run-up to the second-leg clash with Villarreal, and the reality of what is at stake if the Gunners do not successfully overturn the first-leg loss. European competitions have included an Arsenal team amongst its ranks for the last 25-years, but that streak is now severely under threat after the away loss in Spain with a scoreline that flatters to deceive. Arsenal was poor on the night, very poor. And it was only Unai Emery abruptly – but not shockingly – choosing to apply the handbrake and hold on to what The Yellow Submarine had rather than pushing to put the tie beyond doubt that allowed Arteta’s men an avenue back into contention.

While it will always be cliché, this is a cup final on Thursday. There is far too much riding on what will transpire on Thursday night at the Emirates to view it as anything but. Arsenal missing out on Europe would be a massive step back for a club that has already been on the downturn for quite some time. Many supporters had long felt their inclusion in the Champions League was simply to make up the numbers, but a potential second trip to the Europa League finals in the last three seasons has at least stemmed the tide of complete dejection. There is a justifiable blanket of pressure looming over the heads of everyone involved, from the players to Arteta himself. Win and Arsenal are 90-minutes away from their first European trophy since 1994. Lose, and not only will Arteta yet again be put under the microscope, but Arsenal may find themselves struggling to get back into Europe given how competitive the Premier League has become.

Arsenal vs Villarreal betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 18: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal reacts during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Arsenal and Olympiacos at Emirates Stadium on March 18, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around Europe remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Villarreal in the driver’s seat but not without pressure of their own

The perfect first-leg performance was within Villarreal’s grasp when Unai Emery’s troops went 2-0 up against Arsenal but were made to settle with a 2-1 aggregate lead heading into Thursday’s pivotal second-leg clash at the Emirates. The Yellow Submarine further boosted their confidence at the weekend when they ran out 1-0 winners at home against Getafe, and have won seven of their last ten fixtures across all competitions. Many remain hopeful about the clubs’ chances at reaching a European final, but the man at the helm – who has been so successful in the Europa League – is also a chief reason why the club may stumble at one of the final hurdles.

If you ask an Arsenal supporter about where they stand on Emery, you will inevitably get a mixed bag of emotions. Some sections feel he was not given enough time or backing to do what he was capable of, but despite that, the Gunners still featured in the final two seasons ago, only to be ruthlessly dispatched by rivals Chelsea in Baku. Others will tell you that results overshadowed underlining metrics that told a different tale; that the football was, in fact, sub-par more often than not and individual quality was more often the deciding factor.

The manner in which Villarreal took their foot off the gas was a decision that exclusively came from the touchline. And it was a costly one. Villarreal had Arsenal on the ropes and was already knocking for a third goal when Gerard Moreno’s effort was well-handled by Bernd Leno. The Gunners were there for the taking, and Emery gave them a window to recover and work themselves back into the match. This is the balance that he has to get right on Thursday, one that is so crucial that it will directly affect whether or not he will reach a fifth Europa League final in his impressive managerial career or not. Arsenal – and Arteta – will be out to set the record straight, and if Emery’s match plan is wide of the mark with the pressure well and truly on, it could be a fatal mistake.

Arsenal vs Villarreal betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

Pau Francisco Torres of Villarreal during the La Liga Santander match between Villarreal CF and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Estadio de la Ceramica on November 3, 2019 in Vila-real, Spain (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


 

Arsenal team news vs Villarreal

Mikel Arteta is likely to be without four players when Arsenal plays host to former boss Unai Emery at the Emirates.

David Luiz is out injured once again, and Dani Ceballos will also miss proceedings after being sent off against Villarreal in the first leg. Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney are both back in training but it is unclear if they will be rushed to be available here, or left out in the hopes of the Gunners reaching Gdańsk.

There is no telling what Arteta will deploy with here, considering the loss in the first leg, and rotation against Newcastle, anything is in play as an option at the moment with the Gunners’ season riding completely on this fixture.

Villarreal team news vs Arsenal

Unai Emery will have his own headaches to contend with when he returns to the Emirates to clash with Arsenal and his replacement in Mikel Arteta.

Vicente Iborra remains out with an injury, while Etienne Capoue also received his marching orders in the first leg while being stretchered off simultaneously.

Juan Foyth was a standout performer for The Yellow Submarine when the two sides clashed in Spain, but he picked up an unfortunate injury during proceedings, and failure to feature this past weekend in Villarreal’s win means he has an equal chance of both being fit but also missing out entirely.


 

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Villarreal

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Predicted Villarreal line-up vs Arsenal

Arsenal vs Villarreal betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

Arsenal vs Villarreal – Official video

 

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

Arsenal vs Villarreal betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

What time is kick off between Arsenal vs Villarreal?
19:00, Thursday 06 May 2021
What is the prediction for Arsenal vs Villarreal?
Arsenal 2-0 Villarreal
What are the Arsenal vs Villarreal betting odds?
Arsenal 4/5, Draw 14/5, Villarreal 10/3