Here’s our Arsenal vs Villarreal Prediction analysis: On a Thursday night of European football, Arsenal will welcome Villarreal to the Emirates Stadium, as both sides square off in the second leg of their semifinal tie in the Europa League.
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Match status: 2020/21 Europa League – Semi-finals
Kick-off: Thursday 06 May 2021, 07:00pm CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London)
With the final spot still very much there for the taking, Arsenal will have a little matter of a one-goal deficit to overturn, having fallen to defeat on their trip to Spain in the opening leg. A big win in the Premier League last weekend will have them full of confidence when they take on their opponents.
Villarreal, like their English counterparts, also secured an important victory in the Spanish La Liga last weekend. This would come after their match-winning display against Arsenal at Estadio de la Ceramica, which makes the final spot theirs to lose at this point.
Arsenal vs Villarreal Team News
In the opening leg at Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal started off the game strongly, and they were finely rewarded with the opening goal courtesy of a Manu Trigueros’s goal, barely five minutes into the tie. Then, they doubled their lead right before the half-hour mark, all thanks to Raul Albiol.
With a two-goal deficit to overturn in the second period, Arsenal were plunged into further misery when they had Dani Ceballos sent off after picking up his second yellow card of the game. However, the visitors pulled one back from the spot through Nicolas Pepe, thereby gaining an invaluable away-goal advantage.
On the domestic front, Villarreal picked up a 1-0 win over Getafe in the Spanish La Liga on Sunday, as they continue to chase down continental qualification through their league position.
Unai Emery, who was very vocal during the first leg, will urge his side to keep the momentum. And the Spanish coach will make a return to Emirates, as he looks to prevent his former side from progressing into the final billed to take place in Gdansk later this month.
In their last outing, Arsenal put an end to their rough patch of three games without victory in all competitions. Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday, where goals from Mohammed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were enough to seal the three points.
However, the Gunners still sit far off the continental qualification places on the league table, and going all the way in Europe’s second tier competition remains their most feasible route into Europe next season. Having qualified for Europe every year for nearly the last three decades, Arsenal would be hitting another historic low if they fail to qualify for continental football next season.
Nonetheless, Mikel Arteta will be charging his side to keep their feet grounded in this fixture. The young manager’s team selection against Newcastle is testament to the importance placed on this return-leg fixture against Villarreal.
Injured or Suspended Players
Arsenal: David Luiz.
Villarreal: Vicente Iborra.
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Arsenal vs Villarreal Predictions
Villarreal have won each of their previous nine matches in the Europa League, and have kept a clean sheet in each of the last four matches – all of which ended in victories – on the road in the competition.
Villarreal will certainly score in this fixture, but we expect Arsenal to come up trumps at the end of this delicately-poised tie.
|Our Betting Tip:|
|Arsenal Win @ 1.88|
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