Valencia v Arsenal Prediction & Betting Tips, 9th May 20196th May 2019 / lee
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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.
Valencia v Arsenal Betting Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.)
Valencia News and Form
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.
Arsenal News and Form
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?
Valencia v Arsenal Tips & Odds
Who will win – Valencia v Arsenal Predictions
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.
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