Valencia v Arsenal Predictions & Betting Odds – 9th May 2019

Valencia can hit back against Gunners

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Valencia v Arsenal Betting Tips – Europa League, 9th May 8.00pm

Arsenal collected a 3-1 home victory over the Spaniards in the first leg of this Europa League semi-final tie. So that is a nice advantage that the Gunners have for themselves. However, this tie looks to be well in the balance with Valencia having an away goal. They will be looking to hit back hard at the Mestalla. Read our predictions for Valencia v Arsenal.

Valencia v Arsenal Betting Odds*

Valencia 5/6
Draw 13/5
Arsenal 16/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.)

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Valencia began this season up in the UEFA Champions League, but they are only managed a third-place finish behind group winners Juventus and the second-placed Manchester United. However, Valencia are very strong home side when it comes to the Europa League and they are going to need to call on all of their home strengths in the second leg of this tie. Their record at the Mestalla in the Europa League season currently is an eight-match winning streak there, going undefeated in their last 11. That’s a record not to be messed with. In that eight-game winning sequence, they have scored 22 goals and have conceded just three.

 

Over/Under 2.5 goals
Over8/13
Under13/10

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The last team to take an away win at Valencia in the competition was actually a Premier league side though and that 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. If they were to manage to get the first goal of the game on the board with enough time to chase the second, then you may have to start wondering about the mental strength of Arsenal’s defence. It is just a 2-0 scoreline on the night that the Spaniards need to qualify for the final.

Valencia did take home wins in the Champions League group stage against Manchester United and Young Boys, losing against Juventus. On their drop down to the Europa League they moved past Celtic with a 1-0 home win and proceeded to dispatch Krasnodar and local rivals Villarreal from the competition. 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.

 

Key-Facts – Valencia v Arsenal

  • Valencia have won their last eight Europa League home games
  • The Spaniards have won each of the three previous occasions they have been paired up with Arsenal in Europe
  • Arsenal have lost two of their three knockout phase away fixtures this season

 

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At the end of the season Arsenal’s Premier League form has taken a nosedive, losing four of their last six EPL fixtures, winning just the one game during that run of fixtures. They could only manage a home draw against Brighton on the weekend and that pretty much shut the door on their chances of a top-four finish. So they are going to have to get extra focused on their Europa League title challenge because that is the only way into the Champions League for the next season. So maybe there for league form will turn into a positive European result. Regardless need to get themselves together for this tough visit to Spain.

They do have a good advantage with a 3-1 home victory posted in the first leg, but there is always that lingering doubt over the away goal that they conceded. How badly will that come back to haunt them? 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, following their win in North London last week. Their away form in the Europa League this season has gone patchy after having won all of their three group stage away fixtures.

Arsenal are now W1 L2 in the knockout stages of this season’s competition away from home, the defeats coming against BATE and Rennes in the round of 32 and round of 16 respectively. In the quarter-finals they did win their away game, collecting a 1-0 victory at Napoli. Arsenal’s away record in the Europa League is pretty strong at W8 D1 L4. Across their away, games in the competition Arsenal have scored 21 goals and have conceded 10. Before their winner Napoli in the last round, the Gunners were on a four-match winless streak of away form in the competition knockout phase. Arsenal have won the first leg at home in 19 UEFA competition ties and have prevailed in 17 of them.

Valencia v Arsenal Tips & Odds

Valencia to win at 5/6 odds
Both teams to score at 4/7
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.)

Valencia v Arsenal Predictions

Valencia to win: despite them trailing in the tie so far the does look to be enough about Valencia to see them getting back in this tie. They are a very good home team and are now is every chance that they will go out and record the home victory.


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