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Arsenal v Valencia Prediction & Betting Tips, 2nd May 2019

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Arsenal v Valencia Europa League Preview, 2nd May 8.00pm

With Arsenal’s form having taken a bit of a nosedive recently, will they be able to pull themselves back together for the Europa League? It is home advantage up first for them in this semi-final tie as they take on Valencia. Both teams are on the outskirts of a top-four finish in their respective domestic leagues. Can the Gunners give themselves an advantage? Read our Arsenal v Valencia betting tips for more.

Arsenal v Valencia Betting Odds*

Arsenal 10/11
Draw 13/5
Valencia 14/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 30th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)

Arsenal News and Form

The Gunners need to find some form after some recent troubles in the Premier League. They may struggle to get a top-four finish there, so this is a hugely important Europa League campaign for them now. At this stage of last season’s Europa League campaign, the Gunners were eliminated by Spanish opposition in the form of Atletico Madrid. This time they take on Valencia, who could at the end of the day, be just as tough.

Arsenal have lost three of five previous games against Valencia W1 D1, so that’s not a good start either. The Gunners have only managed ten wins from their 33 previous games against Spanish opposition. Three of the fifteen defeats in that sequence happened in Finals. The home record that Arsenal hold against Spanish visitors is W8 D4 L3 and their last two have been a 0-2 reverse against Barcelona and 1-1 draw against Atletico in last season’s semifinals.

Arsenal have lost their last four two-legged ties against teams from La Liga. But there are positives despite all of that. After an easy group stage campaign, it was home soil advantage in the second legs of their round of 32 tie against BATE and round of 16 tie against Rennes that has helped Arsenal through. They had lost the away first leg in both of those ties but were bold and good enough to power their way through back at the Emirates on both occasions. In the last round, their quarter-final against Napoli, Arsenal started at home, claimed a 2-0 win over the Italians and won the tie 3-0 on aggregate.

So they have a wonderful W9 D3 L1 record at home in the Europa League and in that sequence of games, the Gunners have scored 31 goals and have conceded eight. The Gunners have banked a clean sheet in each of their last five home games as well. The Gunners are the only ones of this season’s semi-finalists to have never won the UEFA Cup/Europa League before. There will be a concern there over their current form which has seen them lose three in a row, conceding exactly three goals in each of those defeats.

Arsenal v Valencia Head to Head

This will be the sixth match between Arsenal and Valencia
They were last together in the 2002/03 Champions League
Arsenal are winless in three against Valencia (D1 L2)
Valencia are W2 D2 L1 in the head to head against Arsenal

Valencia News and Form

Valencia may have had an eye on this tie as well as they have lost their last two league games. Valencia are still in the hunt for a run at a top-four finish in La Liga. Like Arsenal in the Premier League though, they have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time to get there. Valencia started this season in the Champions League where they took a W2 D2 L2 in their group to finish third behind Man Utd and Juventus.

The Spaniards then sent Celtic packing from the round of 32 before seeing off the challenge of Krasnodar. That set them up with a local derby against Villarreal. As expected Valencia got the better of their rivals, banked a 5-1 aggregate success in the title. That leaves Valencia unbeaten in their six Europa League games played this season. This is their third appearance in the semifinals of the Europa League, and their two previous appearances both ended in defeat against fellow Spanish teams.

Out on the road in Europe, Valencia have suffered just two defeats in their last seven games (W2 D3). They were on a run of four straight away defeats in the Europa League quarter-finals/semifinals before getting a 3-1 success at Villarreal in the last round. Valencia are a very solid defensively side, but they are not particularly lethal in front of goal. If you look at their La Liga campaign, they are the lowest scorers in the top six. Only one of their six Europa League matches this season have gone over 2.5 goals this season.

Arsenal v Valencia Tips & Odds

Under 2.5 goals at 10/11
Draw match outright at 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 30th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)

Who will win – Arsenal v Valencia Predictions

This is likely to be a close contest. Given what Arsenal did at home against Napoli in the first leg of the quarterfinals, they look the more likely of the two to pick up the victory. However, Valencia are absolutely no pushover and this could be tight. Arsean to win by a 1 goal margin at 11/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 30th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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