Since Tuesday night it is clear that for the first time since 2013 no Spanish club will reach the final of the UEFA Champions League. The reigning champions from Barcelona were eliminated by a stinging 4-0 defeat in Anfield’s second leg at Liverpool FC, although the first leg was won 3-0 a week ago. The Iberian hopes of an international title this season rested exclusively on the shoulders of the players from Valencia, who are, however, with the back to the wall before the return leg in the Europa League semi-final against Arsenal FC. Because Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang screwed up the result 3-1 in favor of the “Gunners” exactly one week into the final minute, the bats now need a win with at least two goals difference.
Football Betting Tips Valencia vs Arsenal
Impossible seems to be this endeavor by no means and yet indicate between Valencia and Arsenal the odds that the English will reach the final on May 29 in Baku. However, this assessment will not prevent the Spaniards from trying to develop the grandiose home record on the European stage. The youngest eight matches in front of their own fans were all victorious in the Europa League. In addition, the Black and Whites prevailed in all three previous knockout duels against the English capital club and reached the next round. In this respect, it might make sense on Thursday evening in the encounter Valencia against Arsenal to place a tip on the home side. On the other hand, however, it must be remembered that the attacking Londoners would already score a goal to breathe again. Who makes the leap into the final?
Valencia – Statistics & Current Form
In the Spanish La Liga, the Valencia Club de Fútbol is currently battling for fourth place, which, as we know, would qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Two games to go, however, the bats have finished in fifth place three points behind Getafe, but after all, the direct comparison against the rivals won. If the team of coach Marcelino after 38 games so be equal to the Madrid suburban club, you would pass in the classification and reach the group stage of the premier class for the second time in a row.
Already in the current season, the Black and Whites were allowed to participate in the concert of the greats, although with the final effects of eight points behind Manchester United and Juventus only the third place in the group jumped out. As a result, Valencia have relegated to the Europa League, where they are now one of four remaining teams to have a realistic chance of winning the title. Admittedly, after losing 3-1 in the first leg at Arsenal FC at the Emirates Stadium, the prospects for the first European final since 2004, when the then Rafa Benitez-Elf defeated Marseille, remain strong in the east of the country.
Confidence may be linked to some interesting statistics, which in particular suggests that the “Blanquinegros” at home are definitely in a position to catch up on the first leg mortgage. For example, the black-and-whites have lost none of the last eleven matches in the Europa League. In the recent eight games, the Iberians even left the field as a winner (22: 3 goals). In addition, the former Champions League finalist (2000, 2001) qualified in ten of 19 pairings for the next round, although the first leg away was lost. But: After a 1: 3 defeat in the first of two knockout games, the bats have never succeeded in three cases, the Bock in the return match.
Also aggravating is the fact that the Marcelino-Elf had already often this season problems with converting optical superiority into goals. Only 21 goals in 18 home games in La Liga underpin this thesis as well as the fact that come with the 3-1 against the Young Boys from Bern in just one of six European encounters in front of their own fans more than two own goals. Three goals on Thursday evening, however, will presumably be necessary, because that the guests from London remain goalless, is relatively unlikely, especially since the black and white only in three of 13 European Cup games 2018/2019 the white vest and kept in the league since the end of March no longer played “to zero”. All in all, we would prefer a forecast for Gunners between Valencia and Arsenal, as the task of generating offensive output while being defensively stable appears to be extremely complex.
With Geoffrey Kondogbia and Denys Cheryshev two professionals will not be available due to injury. Former Arsenal player Francis Coquelin, on the other hand, returns to the starting eleven after the suspension has been served. In any case, it is expected that coach Marcelino bravely sets up in comparison to the first leg, as he put the focus on the defense (six defensive players, four offensive) and thus the fans in the “Mestalla” on board from the beginning.
Expected formation of Valencia:
↪ Neto – Gaya, Paulista, Garay, Piccini – Guedes, Parejo, Coquelin, Soler – Mina, Moreno
↪ Coach: Marcelino
Last matches of Valencia:
⚽️ 05.05.2019 – Huesca Vs. Valencia 2: 6 (La Liga)
⚽️ 02.05.2019 – Arsenal Vs. Valencia 3: 1 (Europa League)
⚽️ 28.04.2019 – Valencia vs. SD Eibar 0: 1 (La Liga)
⚽️ 24.04.2019 – Atletico Madrid Vs. Valencia 3: 2 (La Liga)
⚽️ 1.04.2019 – Betis Sevilla vs. Valencia 1: 2 (La Liga)
Arsenal – Statistics & Current Form
While Valencia, as mentioned, still has every chance of realizing the 2018/2019 Champions League campaign through La Liga, this hope has burst at Arsenal FC since last weekend. Due to the 1: 1 before home crowd against the basement child Brighton, the “Gunners” before the last matchday are “only” three points behind Tottenham in fifth place, but the team of coach Unai Emery would not only hope for a defeat of Spurs but at the same time catch up eight goals on the city rivals. Realistically, the train has departed in the direction of the premier class.
Well not quite, because it is well known, the Europa League champion also secured a ticket to the group stage of the most important European club competition and here the former English champion still has all the trumps in his own hands. At the moment, in the semifinals between Valencia and Arsenal, the odds at a meager 1.30 mean that the capital city ensemble, which is peppered with numerous former Bundesliga stars, reaches the final in Baku. The Londoners are mainly due to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored the 3-1 win for the “Gunners” in the last minute of the game (90.). Previously, after the Spaniard’s leadership, Alexandre Lacazette was responsible for the first two goals.
Coach Unai Emery’s protégés, who incidentally have a past in Valencia (2008-2012) and also won the Europa League trophy with Sevilla three times in a row from 2014 to 2016, is the fact that they are must go abroad. In the knockout round, the English have already conceded surprising defeats at BATE Borisov (0: 1) and at Stade Rennes (1: 3). However, we deliberately take the two quarter-final games against Napoli as a benchmark, as the red-whites won at home 2-0 and a week later in the stranger also followed a 1-0 victory. In four of the recent six European Cup games 2018/2019 Mesut Özil and Co. were without conceding. Goalkeeper veteran Petr Cech stayed in the lead throughout the entire competition in nine out of 13 cases.
For this reason, it seems quite unlikely that in the second leg Valencia vs Arsenal the tip on a progress of the hosts or bet on relatively many goals of bats pay. It would be only the third time that the English capital club failed in a European Cup, although the first leg was won at home. In 17 of 19 cases it was enough to move into the next round.
However, with the Emery troupe in the Premier League not having been at their best lately and winning just one of the six most recent matches (one draw, four defeats), we would be disappointed with Valencia. Arsenal from a prediction on the away win away. Interestingly, a recommendation to the fact that the guest scored the last goal of the game, since the “bats” with continuous playing time have to risk more and therefore provide space for the individually outstanding occupied gunners. In the past four Europa League games this tip would always gone through. Holding, Bellerin, Welbeck and Ramsey are injured not available. The Spanish coach does not need more due to the mentioned position in the table. A somewhat defensive attitude is likely to choose Emery anyway.
Expected formation of Arsenal:
↪ Cech – Koscielny, Sokratis, Mustafa – Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Maitland – Niles – Mkhitaryan, Iwobi – Lacazette
↪ Trainer: Emery
Last matches from Arsenal:
⚽️ 05.05.2019 – Arsenal Vs. Brighton & Hove Albion 1: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 02.05.2019 – Arsenal Vs. Valencia 3: 1 (Europa League)
⚽️ 28.04.2019 – Leicester City vs. Arsenal 3: 0 (Premier League)
⚽️ 24.04.2019 – Wolverhampton Vs. Arsenal 3: 1 (Premier League)
⚽️ 21.04.2019 – Arsenal Vs. Crystal Palace 2: 3 (Premier League)
Valencia vs Arsenal Direct Comparison
After the six previous duels between these two clubs, the direct comparison is completely balanced. For Valencia and Arsenal are two victories each. Two more matches ended in a draw. Nevertheless, the Spaniards in so far all three knockout duels against the Londoners could assert and prevail. It should also not be forgotten that the “Gunners” only came back victorious twice in 15 appearances on the Iberian peninsula. Valencia lost four of their most recent seven home matches against La Liga representatives.
Valencia vs Arsenal Best Betting Tips Explained
That there are Spanish-English duels in the European Cup, we know since Tuesday night at the latest. According to our prediction, Thursday night’s semi-final second leg between Valencia and Arsenal will not be as spectacular. This is primarily because we do not trust the bats to catch up with the 1: 3 mortgage from the first leg. Although the black-and-whites in the Europa League have all made the recent eight home games victorious, nevertheless, it would turn out to be very complicated, the “Gunners” with at least two goals difference in the barriers, especially as Petr Cech in the box of English in nine out of 13 matches in the current international season remained without a clean sheet.
Key facts – Valencia vs Arsenal tips
⭐️ Valencia won the last eight home games in the Europa League
⭐️ Arsenal were without conceding in nine out of 13 matches in the competition
⭐️ The Blanquinegros have a lot of risk due to the 3-1 defeat in the first leg
In addition, it must be expected that the team of Unai Emery can score a goal at any time, which would make the starting position even more difficult. We predict a stormy start to the Blanquinegros, but at the same time are in good spirits that the Londoners will take advantage of the available space as the game progresses. To meet the expected gameplay between Valencia and Arsenal, the betting odds are that the score at least one goal succeeds a lucrative option. We even go a step further and decide in the match, Valencia vs Arsenal, for the tip to outstanding odds that the gunners scores the last goal of regular time.
Betting Tips: Arsenal score the last goal