Arsenal Vs Valencia
Europa League : Knockout stage, 02 May 2019 – 21: 00, Emirates Stadium, LiveText at FootballBetExpert
Arsenal will host Valencia Thursday night at Emirates Stadium for Semi-final, first leg of Europa League.
Unai Emery team 5th place in Premier league will need to win this game in front of their supporters given their poor record away from London and three straight premier league defeats.
The Gunners are currently in bad form after losing four of their last five Premier League matches – a run that includes three straight losses at the hands of Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester in which they conceded no fewer than nine goals.
Gunners remain fifth and two points behind Chelsea with only two matches left to play – and their best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League is to win Europa League.
Nacho Monreal has returned to training after hurting his right calf.
On the other hand Aaron Ramsey remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Striker Mesut Özil missed Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat at Leicester with a bruised foot and Unai Emery would need to test if he’s available 100% against Valencia.
Valencia currently sixth in LaLiga are heading to London in very good shape. However, they eliminte rivals Villarreal 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.
The captain Dani Parejo makes Valencia a more strong team. He showed great quality also in Champions League game when they eliminated man United.
Valencia coach Marcelino García Toral has been defeated just once in his last 19 games in the Europa League (W14 D4), though it was away from home against English opposition – 0-3 vs Liverpool in May 2016 as Villarreal manager.
It announces a tough game between two giants in Europa. We see Arsenal a bit stronger team, they play good in London and coach that will prepare in smallest details to win this game. Unai Emery won three consecutive editions of UEFA Europa League in 2014, 2015 and 2016, all with Sevilla. They are in ascendant moment and their good form will certainly continue. Unai Emery’s side have been in tremendous form in the last games especially home. On the other hand Valencia are going to London with big ambition and will certainly play on the counterattack. their coach Marcelino has huge experience in EL.
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