Valencia vs Arsenal: Match Preview

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

Arsenal take a 3-1 lead to Spain as they look to book their place in the Europa League final against Valencia on Thursday. Gunners drew their lost game to Brighton by 1-1 at home.

Form

Valencia –  WLLLWW

Valencia returned to winning ways at the weekend with a 6-2 triumph at struggling Huesca, but it has done little to reassure supporters that their side can overturn a deficit under pressure later this week.

Arsenal – DWLLLW

They have put in some inconsistent performances lately. By dropping points in their last game, they are highly unlikely to finish in the top four of Premier League. Their defence has been a cause for concern and Leno hasn’t been in good form either.

Injury/Suspension

Valencia

Denis Cheryshev and Geoffrey Kondogbia will miss the return leg for the Spanish side.

Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey, Denis Suarez, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck are all out injured for Arsenal and will miss the trip to Spain.

Probable Lineups

Valencia

Formation : 4-4-2

Neto, Piccini, Gabriel, Garay, Gaya, Wass, Parejo, Coquelin, Guedes, Mina, Moreno

Arsenal

Formation : 3-4-2-1

Cech; Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Iwobi; Aubameyang, Lacazette

Stadium

Mestalla Stadium, Valencia

Possible Outcome

Arsenal are in front after the first leg at their home stadium and would be keen on ensuring that they make it into the Champions League by winning the Europa League. Arsenal would be looking to score an early away goal to put all the pressure on the hosts.

Valencia will fancy their chances of getting the better of Arsenal in Spain, but Arsenal showed against Napoli in the quarter-finals that they are capable of defending a lead away from home. The visitors will have a great chance to get on the scoresheet, and that could prove decisive come the full-time whistle.

We expect Gunners to progress to the final.

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