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

Valencia vs Arsenal prediction: Valencia 2-1 Arsenal

Arsenal’s only chance of playing Champions League football next season now rests solely on Europa League success. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late goal last week has put Arsenal in the driving seat for the tie.

Valencia are unbeaten in their last 12 Europa League matches at the Mestalla – a run stretching back to 2013. It’s worth pointing out that they have lost three Champions League games at home in that period.

Valencia scored a vital away goal in London and are by no means out the tie, although they will need to adopt an entirely different approach in the second leg.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal reacts to missing a penalty during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Wembley Stadium on March 02, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Valencia vs Arsenal: Who will win?

Valencia are 5/6 favourites to win the match while Arsenal are 11/4. The draw is priced at 3/1.

Arsenal’s aggregate advantage makes them 1/4 favourites to reach the final while Valencia are 11/4 to turn the tie around.

Valencia have scored seven goals in their last two matches and will be confident of finding the back of the net against a leaky Arsenal defence. Bet on over 2.5 goals at 4/7.

Alexandre Lacazette netted twice in the first leg is expected to lead Arsenal’s attack again on Thursday night. Lacazette is 11/2 to open the scoring and 6/4 to score anytime.

Valencia vs Arsenal Europa League match preview

Aggregate: Valencia 1-3 Arsenal

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

Valencia last won the trophy in 2004, while Arsenal were knocked out at this stage of the competition by Spanish opposition last season.

The winners of the tie will face one of Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt in the final in Baku.

Arsenal won the first leg 3-1 at the Emirates last Thursday. Valencia took a deserved lead early on when Moutcar Diakhaby headed home from close range.

The Gunners grew back into the game and were 2-1 up before half time thanks to a brace from Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal improved drastically in the second half and they finally got their reward in stoppage time through Pierre-Emerick Aubemayng.

Arsenal’s top four hopes officially ended on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 drew at home to Brighton.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the penalty spot but Brighton won a penalty of their own to level the match.

Arsenal have won one of their last six in the Premier League and visit Burnley for their final league game of the season.

Arsenal’s poor form does not bode well for Thursday. They have won one of their last five matches in all competitions, losing on three occasions.

The Gunners have lost nine of their last 15 matches away from home, including their last two.

Unai Emery’s side did win their last Europa League match on the road, however, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory in Naples in the quarter-final.

Valencia ended their three-match losing streak with a convincing 6-2 win over bottom side Huesca on Sunday. Goals from Daniel Wass, Rodrigo (2) and Santi Mina helped Valencia move up to 5th in La Liga.

Valencia are three points behind Getafe in 4th with two matches remaining.

Valencia’s final two league matches are against Alaves and Real Valladolid. There’s also the not-so-small matter of the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona which will be played on 25 May – four days before the Europa League final is set to take place.

Arsenal’s Spanish head coach Unai Emery gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 5, 2019.

Valencia team news vs Arsenal

Marcelino raised a few eyebrows last week with his decision to play with five defenders at the Emirates – the first time he has done that in his four years at the club.

With Valencia in need of goals, the Spaniard will almost certainly return to a back four.

A couple of goals for Mina on Sunday could be enough for him to earn a start. Ferran Torres and Kevin Gameiro will be hoping to benefit from any rotation from Marcelino.

Francis Coquelin returns from suspension and will start in midfield against his old club. Goalscorer Mouctar Diakhaby could be the player to make way.

Gabriel Paulista is another former Gunner in the Valencia squad.

Denis Cheryshev and Geoffrey Kondogbia remain sidelined for Los Che.

Arsenal team news vs Valencia

Petr Cech will start in goal, as he has done throughout Arsenal’s Europa League campaign.

Laurent Koscielny was an unused substitute against Brighton and is expected to return to the starting eleven. Ainsley Maitland-Niles has recovered from the injury which kept him out on Sunday.

Arsenal played with a back four against Brighton but could revert to back five as they did in the first leg. The change in formation would see Sead Kolasinac return to the side at left-wingback. Shkodran Mustafi is in contention to face his former club once again.

Alex Iwobi will be pushing for a start after coming off the bench on Sunday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at risk of being dropped.

Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Denis Suarez has effectively had his loan spell cut short prematurely after he confirmed that he would not be able to recover from a groin injury before the end of the season. Suarez managed just 94 minutes of game time since joining Arsenal from Barcelona in January.

Likewise, Aaron Ramsey has played his final match for the Gunners. The Welshman is out with a hamstring injury and will be joining Juventus in the summer.

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