Arsenal v Valencia Betting Tips: Will Gunners make home advantage count?
Odds and preview for Europa League semi-final
After their recent slip, the Europa League may be Arsenal’s best hope of securing Champions League football next season.
The Gunners face Valencia in the semi-final first leg tonight, having been knocked out at this stage by Atletico Madrid last term.
Unai Emery has masterminded three Europa League triumphs at previous clubs. He’ll know that his side’s inconsistent away form makes it vital that they get a win tonight.
It gets underway at 8:00pm on BT Sport 2 and we’ll help you warm up with all the pre-match odds…
These sides have met five times before, with two wins for Valencia, one for Arsenal, and two 0-0 draws.
Arsenal have lost on both of their previous visits to the Mestalla, which makes a positive result tonight all the more necessary.
Arsenal: Cech; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang
Valencia: Neto; Wass, Garay, Palista, Gaya; Torres, Soler, Parejo, Guedes; Gameiro, Moreno
Aaron Ramsey’s injury has prematurely ended his season, and his Arsenal career, which is a huge blow for Emery. Mesut Ozil should return in midfield, with the Gunners’ star strikers ahead of him.
Nacho Monreal could also come back into the central defensive trio, with Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the wing-back spots.
Former Arsenal man Francis Coquelin is suspended for the visitors, but Gabriel Paulista will make his Emirates return alongside Ezequiel Garay in defence.
Carlos Soler and Dani Parejo offer guile in midfield, with Goncalo Guedes a real threat in wide areas.
Without Ramsey, Arsenal will need a big display from Ozil. Valencia don’t have the most robust midfield, so there should be space for the World Cup winner to exploit.
Emery will also want to see a big defensive improvement. The Gunners have conceded three goals in each of their last three games.
They’ll need to watch Valencia’s front two carefully. Rodrigo Moreno in particular could cause problems with his runs in behind.
Maitland-Niles also has a crucial match-up against Guedes. The lively winger looks to drift inside and get into scoring positions. The Arsenal youngster will have to keep track of him.
Given Arsenal’s recent defensive record, Arsenal and Both Teams to Score is a 3/1 shot.
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