Arsenal vs Valencia betting tips: Europa League semi-final match preview & predictions

Arsenal vs Valencia prediction: Arsenal 1-0 Valencia

Arsenal will be looking to put an end to their run of three consecutive defeats. The Gunners have lost four of their last five matches in the Premier League.

Valencia aren’t in the best form either, having lost their last two heading into Thursday’s game.

Arsenal were eliminated by Spanish opposition at the same stage of the competition last season.

Given Arsenal’s poor form on the road, an away goal for Valencia could hand them a massive advantage.

Arsenal vs Valencia: Who will win?

Arsenal have only lost one of their 13 Europa League matches at the Emirates Stadium and are unbeaten in their last nine. Arsenal are 10/11 favourites to win on the night while a Valencia win is priced at 14/5. The draw can be backed at 13/5.

The Gunners are also narrow 3/4 favourites to win the tie overall while Valencia are 1/1 to reach the final.

Unai Emery’s side have kept five consecutive clean sheets at home in the competition. A clean sheet for the Gunners is 13/8.

Alexandre Lacazette is expected to lead the line on Thursday. Lacazette is 15/4 to open the scoring and 6/5 to score anytime.

Arsenal vs Valencia Europa League semi-final match preview

Arsenal host Valencia at the Emirates on Thursday night for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie.

The tie will see Unai Emery face his former side. Emery managed Valencia between 2008 and 2013, guiding Los Che to a third-place finish in 2010. Emery has a decent record against current Valencia boss Marcelino, winning seven and drawing one out of 13.

Arsenal’s hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League took a big knock on Sunday as they were beaten 3-0 away at Leicester. Arsenal played most of the match with 10 men.

The Gunners progressed to the last four of the Europa League after beating Napoli 3-0 on aggregate. Alexandre Lacazette’s free-kick was the only goal of the game in the second leg in Naples.

Valencia are sixth in La Liga after losing their last two matches. Valencia conceded in the 90th minute in their 1-0 home defeat to Eibar on Sunday.

Valencia eased passed Villarreal in the quarter-final, winning the first leg 3-1 away before seeing out the tie with a 2-0 home win.

Valencia failed to win any of their three away matches in this season’s Champions League group stage, although their away form has improved markedly since dropping into the Europa League knockout stage.

Arsenal are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League for a second successive season and are aiming to reach their first European final since 2006. Valencia won the competition, then known as the UEFA Cup, in 2004.

The two sides have faced each other five times in UEFA competition. The Gunners’ sole victory over Valencia came in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie in 2001. Valencia won the tie on away goals after winning the second leg 1-0 in Spain – one of Valencia’s three victories against Arsenal.

The second leg takes place at the Mestella on 9 May. The winner of the tie will face one of Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt in the final in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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NAPLES, ITALY – APRIL 18: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal is closed down by Allan of Napoli during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal at Stadio San Paolo on April 18, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Arsenal team news vs Valencia

Mesut Ozil missed out at the weekend due to an ankle injury. Emery will be hoping to have Ozil available again on Thursday night.

Nacho Monreal is another doubt with a calf injury and faces a late fitness test. Both Monreal and Ozil trained on Wednesday.

Laurent Koscielny is expected to return to the starting eleven after starting Sunday’s game from the bench.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is available to play despite receiving a red card at the King Power Stadium, in the Premier League.

Aaron Ramsey remains sidelined with a hamstring injury picked up against Napoli. Reports on Wednesday suggested Ramsey has played his final game for the Gunners.

Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez confirmed on his Instagram page that he won’t play again for Arsenal due to injury. The midfielder has played just 94 minutes since joining Arsenal in January.

Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are all long-term absentees.

Shkodran Mustafi is in contention to face his old club, although the German’s poor form means he is likely to miss out on a place in the starting eleven.

Valencia team news vs Arsenal

Denis Cheryshev and Geoffrey Kondogbia are expected to miss out again for the visitors.

Daniel Wass could continue at right-back with Cristiano Piccini still doubtful.

Gabriel Paulista is set to face his former side. The defender played for Arsenal between 2015 and 2017.

Former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is suspended for the first leg after picking up his third booking of the campaign in the quarter-final second leg. Coquelin made 105 Premier League appearances for the Gunners and will be itching to face them in the second leg.

A reminder that players can no longer be suspended due to an accumulation of bookings for the final.

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Predicted Arsenal XI vs Valencia

Valencia predicted line-up vs Arsenal

Predicted Valencia XI vs Arsenal

Predicted Valencia XI vs Arsenal

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

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