Arsenal vs Valencia Europa League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Arsenal vs Valencia Europa League
Arsenal vs Valencia Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 3-1.

With their top four hopes hanging by a thread in the Premier League, will beating Valencia and winning the Europa League be Arsenal’s only shot at Champions League football next season? Valencia are a strong team who have the same goal themselves, so Arsenal need to be at the top of their game.

Predictions

This match may be in favour of the Gunners considering their home form and how good they’ve been in North London in this Europa League campaign, but it would be foolish to write off Valencia.

Arsenal come into this game off the back of a strong quarter final display in both legs against Napoli, while some tough away games in the Premier League have left them out of the top four.

Valencia are still yet to lose in the Europa League this season after dropping down from the Champions League group stage, conceding three goals in their five knockout ties so far.
Unai Emery’s side lost away against BATE Borisov and Stade Rennes in their first leg games during this knockout round but fought back in the home legs to advance, where they beat Napoli 3-0 over two legs.

Valencia made easy work of Celtic and then sneaked through past Krasnodar before putting fellow Spaniards Villarreal to the sword in the quarter finals.

The North London club will be favourites for this game but it won’t be as easy a walkthrough as some are suggesting. A 2-1 win would be enough for Arsenal to be confident of reaching the final, but an away goal will make it all to play for in the return.

Arsenal to win and both teams to score.

1x2 Prediction

Score Prediction

Betting Tips

Arsenal are favourites for this clash so a home carries almost zero risk – at least according to the bookies – while it also wouldn’t be a huge shock if both teams got on the score sheet In terms of value, you’ll struggle to find many bets better than this – 888sport have it as 29/20 when combined with a Gunners win.

These are lengthy odds for an outcome which is more probable than they reflect, due to the fact that Alexandre Lacazette is top quality. Two goals in the Europa League this season may not be the best record of all but his finishing and ability to bring others in to play with be vital and given his goal against Napoli, he’ll be flying high, with this bet rated at 21/5 by 888sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

Five matches have been played between Arsenal and Valencia with the Spanish side winning three and Arsenal winning just once and one draw being played out.

Stats

  • The first match was back in 1980 when Valencia beat Arsenal 5-4 on penalties to win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup with World Cup winner Mario Kempes missing for Valencia while Liam Brady and Graham Rix missed for Arsenal.
  • Arsenal’s only win was a 2-1 home win in the Champions League quarter finals when Thierry Henry and Ray Parlour scored after Roberto Ayala opened the scoring for Valencia. The match was actually refereed by Dick Jol, brother of former Tottenham manager Martin Jol.
  • The top scorer in this fixture is John Carew with three goals, after he scored in the second leg of that quarter final tie to send Valencia through on away goals and twice in a group stage match in 2003.
  • Unai Emery doesn’t have a favourable record against Valencia, losing five of his 11 games against them, but did win 107 games with then club when he managed them from 2008 to 2012, reaching the semi finals of the UEFA Cup in 2012.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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