class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The Gunners need to score to have any hope of making it through to the Europa League final and Goal is backing an exciting encounter at the Emirates
Arsenal welcome Villarreal to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening in the second leg of their Europa League semifinal with Mikel Arteta looking for a big improvement from his side.
The Gunners were clearly second-best in last week’s first leg in Spain and were fortunate to come away with only a 2-1 defeat, especially after playing over 30 minutes with 10 men.
Arsenal vs Villarreal Latest Odds
However, the hosts are bet365’s 17/20 (1.85) favourites to win in north London and 11/10 (2.10) to qualify.
Unai Emery’s side, meanwhile, are offered at 16/5 (4.20) to claim a victory and at 4/6 (1.66) to reach the final, with the draw at 13/5 (3.60).
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Both teams had men sent off in the first leg, with Dani Ceballos seeing red for the Gunners and Etienne Capoue given his marching orders for the Yellow Submarine, meaning they are suspended for Thursday night’s clash.
Arsenal are also without injured trio Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette and David Luiz, whilst Villarreal have Vicente Iborra and on-loan Tottenham full-back Juan Foyth unavailable.
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Emery’s men were dominant against the manager’s former club in the first leg and should really have put the tie to bed.
A lack of ruthlessness has long been a problem for Villarreal, but the team from Castellon create plenty of chances and know that a clean sheet in the English capital will see them through to a first ever European final.
However, whilst the Yellow Submarine’s defensive record in the Europa League is impressive, they have largely faced modest opposition and La Liga clean sheets have been few and far between – having kept just two in theirl ast 14 outings.
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Arsenal need to score and will surely try to take the game to the visitors, which should open things up for what could be another exciting encounter.
Arsenal vs Villarreal Tips and Predictions
Over 2.5 goals looks like an excellent for the game at 4/5 (1.80) and paid out last week, as well as in six of Villarreal’s last seven in all competitions.
Also worthy of consideration is backing the visitors to score over 1.5 goals at 2/1 (3.0), with Emery’s side boasting an excellent forward line spearheaded by the in-form Spain international Gerard Moreno.
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