Arsenal vs Valencia
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 2 May 2019
Kick-Off 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Neither Arsenal nor Valencia are pulling up any trees coming into the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday evening at Emirates Stadium.
Both sides will thus look to shift the focus off their horrendous domestic displays and turn a corner with a possibly huge continental result here.
The Gunners’ ambitions of a top-four finish in the Premier League suffered a massive blow with a streak of four defeats in past five rounds. Unai Emery’s men lost three in a row at the hands of the likes of Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City.
The Spanish manager clearly has reasons to be worried knowing his men did not concede fewer than three goals in any of these three subsequent Premier League losses.
Arsenal vs Valencia: Head-to-head
This will be the first official head to head encounter between the two sides in 16 years.
They met each other in two separate Champions League campaigns back in early 2000s.
Valencia advanced from the 2000/01 quarter-final tie on the away goal rule (2-2 on aggregate).
The Bats were also more successful winning four points in two group stage games in the Champions League 2002/03 season.
Arsenal vs Valencia: Prediction
Luckily for Emery (who led Valencia back in 2008-12), the Bats are also failing to seize the initiative in the Primera Division battle for top-four finish. Marcelino’s men sit 6th in the league ladder with a three-point deficit to fourth-placed Getafe.
The Bats lost two on the bounce in La Liga. Whilst the 3-2 defeat at Atletico Madrid can’t be regarded as a big failure, weekend’s 0-1 loss to Eibar at Mestalla definitely can. However, Valencia enjoyed an amazing Europa League run with five wins and a draw in six knockout stage fixtures against Celtic, Krasnodar and Villarreal.
Arsenal kept their net untouched in three successive Europa League ties, including two quarter-final legs against Italian giants Napoli.
Arsenal did not concede a single goal in five successive Europa League games in front of the home crowd. However, they allowed nine goals in last three Premier League fixtures which is why we won’t back the hosts to keep their net untouched here.
The home win is a decent option at 1.85 odds looking at Arsenal’s performances at Emirates Stadium throughout the entire season.
Arsenal vs Valencia: Bet Tips
Arsenal to win @ 1.85 (17/20)
Arsenal Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.90 (9/10).