29th April – 21:00, Estadio de la Ceramica, Villareal
Villarreal and Arsenal will face each other in the Europa League semi-finals first leg match on Thursday evening. Both teams haven’t been in good form lately and want to secure a positive result from this game.
Villarreal vs Arsenal Match Preview & Team News
The hosts head to this game after two straight defeats in La Liga, and the last one came against Barcelona. The Yellow Submarine still fights for a place in the Europa League next season’s edition, and they are one point behind Betis. However, Unai Emery’s side needs to improve its performances on the home pitch. Villarreal lost four out of the last five games at Estadio de la Ceramica, and they need to get back on the winning track. Gerard Moreno and the lads have been pretty efficient in front of the oppositions’ net, but their defense should tighten up its lines. The home side conceded at least once in the previous five matches in all competitions, and a clean sheet in this one would help them a lot to increase their chances of advancing to the finals. Interestingly, Emery is a former Arsenal manager, and he perfectly knows how to win this competition, as he did it three times in a row with Sevilla.
Arsenal’s chances of snatching a continental spot through the Premier League vanished last weekend, as they lost to Everton 1:0 at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners sit in a disappointing 10th spot, and the Community Shield trophy won’t satisfy the fans. Mikel Arteta’s team celebrated only once in the previous five Premier League rounds and is seven points behind Tottenham. The only chance to play continental football next season for Alexandre Lacazette and the lads is to win the Europa League. Arsenal managed to get back in the tie against Slavia Prague after drawing 1:1 at home. The English side stormed through Prague and got back home with a 4:0 victory. They are entirely focused on this competition and want to secure an active result ahead of the second-leg game in London.
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
These two sides met each other four times, and both games in Villareal ended in a draw. Since none of the teams have been consistent lately, we wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see a winner in this one as well.
Goals Market Prediction
Villarreal has been involved in many high-scoring games lately, and in their last five fixtures, we saw goals in both nets. Arsenal has also been unstable in the back recently, conceding in eight of the previous ten matches. We don’t think either side will keep a clean sheet in this one.
Villarreal vs Arsenal
Draw @ 3.30 – Bet now at MELBet
BTTS Yes @ 1.80 – Bet now at 1xBet
Correct score 1:1 @ 6.00 – Bet now at 22Bet
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