Arsenal vs Valencia
Europa League, Europe
Date: Thursday, 2nd May 2019
Kick off at: 19.00 GMT
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, England
Arsenal are looking to end their recent mini run of defeats as they face Valencia on the Europa League this midweek. Playing the first leg semifinal tie at home, Gunners will try to take a victory.
Arsenal vs Valencia Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear themselves for this Europa League semi final first leg clash. Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting a precious win.
Expected Formation: 3-4-2-1
Probable Lineups: Cech(g);Koscielny, Sokratis, Monreal(def);Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac(mid);Ozil, Aubameyang(att mid); Lacazette(att).
Expected Formation: 4-4-2
Probable Lineups:Neto(g);Wass, Diakhaby, Garay, Gaya(def);F. Torres, Soler, Parejo, Guedes(mid);Rodrigo, Gameiro(att).
Before going into this midweek Europa League tie, both teams have been involved in other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches):LLWWW
Gunners success in eliminating Napoli in the Europa League previous round didn’t seem to add any extra confidence for Unai Emery’s side. The London outfit went on to lose their next three straight matches in Premier League.
Gunners experienced their third defeat this past weekend as they were beaten 3-0 by Leicester. Those recent negative results might have a lingering effect on Thursday.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : WWWLL
Los Che themselves haven’t been too great in their last two matches, losing two straight games. Marcelino team are eager to get themselves ready and take down Arsenal on Thursday.
Valencia’s last league game was a disappointing 1-0 home defeat over Eibar. That loss pretty much hurt Los Che’s top four attempt in La Liga, but going far in Europa League can also help them get that Champions League ticket.
Injuries remain an issue for Gunners as ahead of this massive Europa League encounter. Bellerin, Welbeck, Holding won’t be available until the next summer.
Denis Suarez along with Aaron Ramsey will also be out for this midweek tie. Emery will still try to setup a strong squad, which means Mesut Ozil, Pierre Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will most likely play from the start.
The visitor have slightly more problems with unavailable players for their Europa League clash. Kondogbia, Cheryshev, Piccini are all still injured, while Coqueilin will be suspended for Thursday match.
Rodrigo will be the key force for Los Che going forward with Kevin Gameiro most likely partnering the Spanish international. Guedes and Parejo are also important players who can impact the visitor’s performance.
Head to Head Records:
Both teams previous meetings only happened twice with Valencia winning one and drawing the other.
Their last match up with Gunners acting as host was on December 11, 2002 which ended in a goalless draw.
Gunners are very determined to get themselves back into winning ways after their recent slump. Emery will try his best to setup the best possible team that can get them that first leg victory.
Valencia won’t bow down easily though, Marcelino’s side have the talent and guts to play their Barcelona. Gunners are slightly favorite to win, but Los Che can’t be taken for granted.
Final Score: 1-1