Arsenal vs Valencia: Europa League Match Preview

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Arsenal will be hosting Valencia in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

Arsenal lost their last game against Leicester by 3-0 in the Premier League. The Gunners are lying fifth in the Premier League table.

Valencia lost their last game at home to Eibar by 1-0 in La Liga. They are sixth in the La Liga points table.

Form

Arsenal – WWLLL

Gunners have lost there last three games. All three defeats came against the team below them in the table. Arsenal although have a better home record than away record. But Arsenal has kept 9 clean sheets in the last 11 games in the Europa League.

Valencia – WWWLL

Valencia is also going through a losing streak of their own. They have lost their last two games against Atletico Madrid and Eibar respectively. Valencia has put in some good performances away from home recently including their 3-2 defeat at Atletico Madrid.

Injury/Suspension

Arsenal

Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Aaron Ramsay and Danny Welbeck are all out injured for Arsenal. Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal are both doubtful after missing the game on weekend against Leicester.

Valencia

Geoffrey Kondogbia and Denis Cheryshev are both injured for Valencia. Francis Coquelin is suspended for the trip to London. Cristiano Piccini and Jaume Doménech are both doubtful for Valencia.

Probable Lineups

Arsenal

Formation: 3-4-2-1

Cech; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Mkhitaryan; Lacazette

Valencia

Formation: 4-4-2

Neto; Wass, Garay, Paulista, Gaya; Torres, Soler, Parejo, Guedes; Moreno, Mina

Stadium

Emirates Stadium, Arsenal

Possible Outcome

The game between Arsenal and Valencia will be a close one. Considering Arsenal’s poor record against Spanish teams. Both the teams come into this game on the back of defeats.

Arsenal will look to dominate the game and make use of their five players in the middle. Valencia will be playing with two strikers up front and will pose a threat to Arsenal’s three-man defence.

We expect Arsenal to take the intiative in the first leg and get a result against Valencia.

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