Arsenal have done well to take control of this tie as they posted a 3-1 victory in the first leg in North London. However, they can be sure that Valencia will mout something of a fightback at the Mestalla and it is going to be all about whether or not Arsenal’s somewhat flimsy defence can stand strong. Read our Valencia v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.)
Valencia started European action this season in the Champions League. They could not find a way to muscle themselves into the top two finish behind Juventus and Manchester United. They need to call on all of their home strengths for this one in the Europa League and it is a fantastic record that they do have at the Mestalla in this competition. Valencia are currently on an 11 match undefeated streak of home form in the Europa League, winning each of their last eight. In a eight-game winning sequence, they have scored 22 goals and have conceded just three.
Interestingly the last team to beat them at the Mestalla in the Europa League was a Premier league side which was Swansea back in the 2013/14 group stage. Of the 19 UEFA competition ties in which Valencia have lost away in the first leg, they have recovered to win on aggregate on ten occasions. You cannot help but feel that if they get the opening goal in this second leg, then the fragility of Arsenal’s defence is going to be called into question.
So far at home this season in Europe, Valencia suffered a defeat against Juventus but took home wins over Manchester United and Young Boys in the Champions League. They then moved past Celtic with a 1-0 home win and proceeded to dispatch Krasnodar and local rivals Villarreal from the Europa League. Valencia have been paired up with Arsenal in UEFA competition on three previous occasions. The Spaniards have come out on top each time. Valencia’s home record in Europe against English opposition is W12 D16 L10 and they have won six of their nine two-legged ties against English opposition.
The form of Arsenal in the English Premier league is just about at rock bottom at the moment. They have lost four of their last six, winning just one game in that sequence. A disappointing home draw against Brighton on the weekend pretty much ruined their chance of a top-four finish this season in the EPL. With that in mind that may least amp up their focus in this game because winning the Europa League would be the back door entrance into the UEFA Champions League next season.
There are 3-1 home win over Valencia in the first leg of this tie does give them a nice advantage. But how crucial will that away goal given up be? Arsenal have lost their last four two-legged ties against Spanish teams. The Gunners have won 11 of the 34 UEFA competition fixtures against Spanish opposition. They have had mixed fortunes on the road this season in the competition. Arsenal started well by winning all three of their group stage away games.
But then in the knockout stages, they lost at BATE and then Rennes. In the quarter-finals they did win their away game, collecting a 1-0 victory at Napoli. The away record of Arsenal in the Roper league is W8 D1 L4 and in that sequence of matches, the Gunners have scored 21 goals, conceding 10. They were on a four-match winless streak of away form in the knockout phase of the Europa League, before taking that win at Napoli in the last round. Arsenal have won the first leg at home in 19 UEFA competition ties and have prevailed in 17 of them. They aren’t in a particularly great place at the moment, can they deliver some mental defensive toughness?
This is going to be an intimidating atmosphere for Arsenal on Thursday night. They can fully expect a fightback from a very good European home team. The Gunners have struggled in defence badly lately and therefore the home win is the standout option.
6th May 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
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.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 30th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
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.
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 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.
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.)
1st May 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The Gunners have to mount a big fight back in this tie after collapsing to a 3-1 defeat out in France in the first leg. For Rennes, this will be just their second ever visit to England, but survive this one and it will continue their best ever run in UEFA competition. Read our Arsenal v Rennes betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 12th, 2019 at 4:12 p.m.)
So the Gunners have plenty of work to do. The Gunners cruised through the group stage of this competition but they had to come back in the last round after losing the first leg away from home. That was against Bate, Arsenal winning 3-0 back at the Emirates after a 1-0 away defeat. Arsenal have won only three of the 13 UEFA competition ties in which they were defeated away in the first leg, one of those happening against BATE.
The Gunners need the minimum of a 2-0 scoreline in this tie against Rennes. Alex Iwobi had put Arsenal ahead early in the first leg. But the telling point was a red card before half time for Sokratis Papastathopoulos. This will be Arsenal’s 26 game against French opposition and their 13th on home soil.
Arsenal have won only five of their previous 12 home games against French opposition, losing three. The last time they hosted a French side they played out a 2-2 draw against PSG in the 2016/17 Champions League group stage. The Gunners have won four of five two-legged UEFA ties against Frenchs sides. They lost their last one though, against Monaco in the 2014/15 Champions League.
This is the most successful UEFA competition campaign from Rennes in their history. They only got through to the knockout stages by the skin of their teeth, winning a must-win match on matchday six. They then pulled off an upset in beats Real Bets in the round of 32. Their only previous experience against English opposition before this meeting with Arsenal was a 2001 Intertoto cup semi-final against Aston Villa in which the two traded home wins.
Rennes are in their second Europa League campaign, and only managed three points in their first attempt back in 2011/12. Rennes took a 1-0 win in the Czech Republic on matchday five to beat Jablonec and that was their first away win in eight games. They followed that up with a very impressive 3-1 win at Betis. Rennes have won four of the previous six UEFA ties after having won the first leg at home.
The Gunners have enough scoring power behind them to get the win on the board at the Emirates. But they are vulnerable at the back and Rennes can make this interesting by getting on the scoresheet. Arsenal to win & both teams to score.
13th March 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The next challenge coming up for Arsenal in the Europa League is French side Rennes. The two have never met before in UEFA competition. A good solid performance from the Gunners over in France will set them up well in the tie. Read our Rennes v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 3rd, 2019 at 9:32 p.m.)
This is the furthest that Rennes have ever been in UEFA competition. During the group stage of this season’s competition, Rennes lost three in a row, but they managed to turn things around dramatically. On match day six they took a must-win success over Astana squeeze through. Just a hint at their threat, they caused an upset in the round of 32, by knocking out Real Betis.
The only previous meeting with English opposition that Rennes have had was in the 2001 Intertoto Cup semi-final when they lost on away goals. This is only their second appearance in the Europa League, not getting out of the group stage in their first attempt in 2011/12. Rennes are undefeated in their last twelve home games in all competitions, winning eight. Rennes are W2 D1 L1 in their four European home games this season.
This will be Arsenal’s 25th UEFA fixture going against French opposition. They are undefeated in twelve previous away games in France. Arsenal’s record in France is W8 D4. Their last trip to France ended in a 1-1 draw at PSG which ended a seven-match winning streak that they were on in away games against French opposition. Last season Arsenal won 5-1 on aggregate against AC Milan in the Europa League round of sixteen.
That was the first time in eight years that they had won at that stage of a European competition. In this season’s group stage, the Gunners won all three away games. But they did however, lose on the road at BATE in the last round. Their away record in two UEFA Europa League campaigns is W7 D1 L3, with 19 goals scored and seven conceded. All three defeats in that sequence were 1-0 losses.
This could be a tough challenge for Arsenal, especially if they are not sending out their strongest side in it. Rennes have some pretty good home form going and will be keen to keep the Gunners at arm’s length here. Draw.
5th March 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Well then. Arsenal are going to have to mount a comeback in this round of 32 tie in the UEFA Europa League. The Gunners suffered a 1-0 loss in Belarus in the first leg. BATE were actually one of just four teams to win at home in the first leg of the round of 32. Read our Arsenal v BATE betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 17th, 2019 at 7:16 p.m.)
After a strong group stage campaign, where they dropped only the two points in their six games, Arsenal suffered a 1-0 loss in the first leg of this tie. During the group stage, Arsenal kept a clean sheet in five straight games and were expected to be on top in this tie already. In the round of 32 last season, Arsenal’s first ever appearance at this stage, the Gunners lost 1-2 at home against Ostersund after having won 3-0 in Sweden.
Arsenal’s home record in their Europa League campaigns so far is W6 D3 L1 and they have tallied up 23 goals in that sequence. Interestingly the Gunners have lost their first knockout stage home match in each of their last six European campaigns. Arsenal have won two of 12 previous UEFA ties after having lost the first leg. Surprisingly they have never overturned a 1-0 deficit in a tie having lost the first leg away from home. Alexandre Lacazette was sent off in the first leg, so will miss this.
Arsenal trail in the tie 1-0 from the first leg
Arsenal won their one previous home game 6-0 against BATE
The Gunners are W2 D1 from their three previous games against BATE
Belarusian Champions BATE will be looking to defend their way to the round of sixteen, taking out one of the tournament favourites as they go. Only four teams won their home game in the round of 32 and BATE was one of them. Last season they met Arsenal in the group stage of the Europa League and lost 6-0 at the Emirates. That was after a 4-2 home defeat against the Gunners. BATE faced English opposition in this season’s group stage, going up against Chelsea and losing both games against the Blues.
Stanislav Dragun was the man who has given them the advantage in this tie. How important will that goal prove to be? BATE have been to England twice before, beating Everton in 2009/10 and then losing 3-1 at Chelsea this season. BATE have won four of six away games in Europe this season and their overall away record in the UEFA Europa League is W4 D4 L6. BATE are W10 L2 in twelve previous ties after having won the first leg.
The Gunners should have enough to turn this around. They had their chances in that first leg. They shouldn’t be in this position, but they can turn the tie around. Arsenal to win to nil.
19th February 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Arsenal took two big wins over BATE in last season’s Europa League groups stage. The English Premier League side are red-hot favourites to progress through as the two meet up again, this time in the round of 32 knockouts. Read our BATE v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 11th, 2019 at 11:18 p.m.)
BATE who are the Belarusian champions, were up against English opposition in his season’s group stage. They faced Chelsea there and lost both encounters against the Blues 1-0. It didn’t look as if they were going to get out of the group at all really, but they pulled out back to back wins at the end to squeeze through. That was their fourth group stage campaign in the Europa League. This is their appearance in the round of 32. They were on a five-match winless streak at home in Europe before a 2-0 win over Vidi on matchday five. Overall BATE are W6 D5 L7 at home in the Europa League (including qualification). They have lost all six previous games against English opponents, four of them by a one-goal margin.
Arsenal breezed through their group stage, winning five of their six games (D1). They met BATE in the group stage of last season’s campaign and earned a 4-2 way win and then a 6-0 victory back in North London. In the round of 32 in last season’s campaign, Arsenal met Swedish debutants Ostersund, Arsenal’s first ever game at that stage of the competition. The Gunners won the away leg, but slipped to a loss back at home, still getting through on aggregate. Arsenal’s overall record in the Europa League is W7 D1 L2 with a total of 19 goals scored and just the six against them. They took a clean sheet in five of their six group stage games.
Will Arsenal go full strength for this? Probably not and that could mean this ends up being one of those low-key away affairs for them. The best option we can size up is the Arsenal to win to nil at 6/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 11th, 2019 at 11:18 p.m.).
12th February 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The Gunners have already won the group so they can take things easy on Thursday night with nothing to sweat over. Karabakh have been eliminated already so there is absolutely nothing riding on this game. Read our Arsenal v Karabakh betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 11th, 2018 at 2:17 p.m.)
Arsenal can have a relaxed evening on home soil because they have already won this Europa League group thanks to a W4 D1 record on the board. At the Emirates in the group Arsenal have banked a 4-2 win over Vorskla and then a 0-0 against Sporting. In three of their five group stage games, the Gunners have not conceded. Their home record in the Europa League is W5 D3 L1. Last season in what was their first ever Europa League campaign, Arsenal fell at the semi-final stage against Atletico Madrid. They have scored a total of 22 goals in their nine home games, conceding eight in their Europa League history.
They have only taken one clean sheet in their last five Europa league home games. When they went to Baku on match day two, that was their first ever game against a side from Azerbaijan. In Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Karabakh, three players scored their first ever goals for the club (Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Emile Smith Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi). The Gunners have taken a clean sheet in each of their last four Europa League games. They will equal the competition record if they make it five in a row. Arsenal are currently unbeaten in 21 games in all competitions (W16 D5) and have won nine of their thirteen home fixtures this season (D3 L1).
Arsenal beat Karabakh 3-0 on match day
That was the first-ever meeting between the two clubs
There’s no pressure on Karabakh to perform as they have already been eliminated so this is a total dead rubber of a game. Karabakh have collected three points in the group so far. They came from a win at Vorskla. In their other road game, they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Sporting. Karabakh failed to score in any of their first three group games. This is their fifth consecutive season in a UEFA group stage and have yet to make it to the knockout phase. They are W3 D1 L7 in their previous Europa League away games and there has been a trend with those away wins of theirs. They have all been by a 1-0 scoreline. In just six road games this season Karabakh have scored just three goals (W2 D2 L2).
Neither are likely to be a full strength and both would rather be putting their feet up. It is a total dead rubber so we can predict nothing else than a low-scoring home win.
11th December 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Arsenal just have to win this game to secure top spot in the group. Actually, as long as they stay three points clear of Sprouting on the night, then they get to win the group with a game to spare. Vorskla are not mathematically eliminated from qualification chances yet. Read our Vorskla v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 27th, 2018 at 8:20 p.m.)
Mathematically then Vorskla can still qualify from this group. Realistically it is not likely to happen. They are W1 L3 from their four games so far and that leaves them four points behind Sporting who are in second place. This game has been moved to Kiev for safety reasons. Vorskla lost 4-2 on matchday one at the Emirates against Arsenal and that was their first ever game against an English side. Their one win in the group so far happened away at Karabakh, but they couldn’t build on that and lost back at home against them in their next match.
So Vorskla have lost their two home games in the group stage. They may struggle to avoid losing all three in what is only their second Europa League campaign. Vorskla have lost five of their last seven home games in Europe (W1 D1). The one win they did get in the sequence counted for nothing as they lost on aggregate against Zilina in the 2015/16 Europa League qualifiers. It is worth having a look under 2. 5 goals at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on November 27th, 2018 at 8:52 pm)
This will be just the second game between the two sides after their matchday one meeting
Arsenal cruised to three wins from three to start the group strongly. Their winning streak was snapped in a 0-0 home draw against Sporting last time out. In order to win the group on Thursday, Arsenal have to just match whatever Sporting do on the night against Karabakh. Arsenal have a clean sheet in each of their last three group stage games and Arsenal to win to nil is at 7/4 odds * (betting odds taken on November 27th, 2018 at 8:52 pm).
Arsenal’s overall away record in the Europa League is W6 D1 L2 and they have scored sixteen and conceded just six in what sequence of fixtures. Last season in the group stage Arsenal lost their first ever Europa league away game at Koln on matchday five. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace against Vorskla in the first meeting and he is the 4/5 anytime goalscorer favourite for this one* (betting odds taken on November 27th, 2018 at 8:52 pm). Arsenal are unbeaten in seventeen games across all competitions now after taking a league win against Bournemouth on the weekend.
We have to stick with the obvious prediction of an away win. Arsenal should have more than enough in the tank to handle themselves even if they don’t go at the fixture full strength. Away win.
28th November 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
This will be a battle between the top two in Group E with them both having made positive starts. So they are both in strong, commanding positions to make it through to the knockout stage. Arsenal incidentally have never won a competitive fixture in Portugal. Read our Sporting v Arsenal betting tips for more.
Sporting Lisbon 9/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 23rd, 2018 at 4:11 p.m.)
It has been a great start to the group for Sporting who have won their opening two games. In their victories over Karabakh and Vorskla, they scored exactly two goals in each of them. Over 2.5 goals appeals well in this game at even money odds** (betting odds taken on October 23rd, 2018 at 3:31 pm). Three of the four fixtures in his group have already gone that way. While the Portuguese are underdogs, they have home form against English sides.
They have taken nine wins in their history against English sides and seven of those have been on home soil. Their two previous Europa League home games have both produced wins for Sporting as well, beating Everton and Manchester City, the Lisbon side winning both of those ties overall. They made it all the way to the quarter finals of last season’s Europa League competition.
They are have won each of their last three home games now in Europe and banked a clean sheet in each of those. They are probably going to be threatened here by Arsenal though. Still, Sporting have a tremendous home record in the Europa League of W18 D8 L2. Both teams to score is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on October 23rd, 2018 at 3:31 pm). In all competitions, Sporting have won all five of their home games this season, scoring at least two goals in four of those five fixtures.
The 1969 Fairs Cup is the only previous time these two have met
There was a 0-0 draw in Portugal
Arsenal took a 3-0 home win at home over Sporting
Arsenal are right there with Sporting in having won their opening two games of the group so far. The difference is, is that Arsenal have scored seven goals in their two games so far, the joint-highest tally in the group stage so far. They are looking for a piece of history here though as they have never won in Portugal before, taking a W2 L3 from their five previous visits there. The Gunners have managed only the two goals in Those five games in Portugal.
Arsenal beat Leicester in the Premier League on Monday night, making it ten straight wins for the club across all competitions. Their overall away record in the Europa League is at W5 D1 L2 and they have scored fifteen goals across those fixtures, conceding only five. That’s pretty strong. Arsenal have scored at least two goals every game played this season except their very first one which was a home defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League.
Still, there isn’t a great deal of importance on this one and it has been a short week between games for them. So the 1-1 draw in the correct score market is at 11/2 as the shortest-priced option. An Arsenal 2-1 isn’t too far back at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 23rd, 2018 at 3:31 pm) considering the Premier League side are favourites.
We have to look at the draw in Sporting v Arsenal betting tips. That would suit both of them really, especially with Arsenal having played just on Monday night in the Premier League. Draw.
23rd October 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting