Valencia vs Arsenal
Europa League, Europe
Date:Thursday, 8th May 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 UK Time
Venue: Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
Chasing a 3-1 score line from the first leg, Valencia will give their all to turn things around. Playing at home against Arsenal in the second leg, Marcelino’s men remain confident with their chances.
Valencia vs Arsenal Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for this Europa League second leg clash. Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting the victory.
Expected Formation: 4-4-2
Probable Lineups: Neto(g);Piiccini, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya(def);Soler, Parejo, Wass, Guedes(mid);Rodrigo, Gameiro(att).
Expected Formation: 3-4-2-1
Probable Lineups: Cech(g);Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny(def);Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac(mid);Ozil, Aubameyang(att mid); Lacazette(att).
Before heading into this Thursday Europa League clash, both teams have been involved in other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have a clear idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WLLLW
Los Che haven’t been getting the best of results lately, losing three and winning only two out of their last five games. However, they did end their losing streak this past weekend, beating Huesca 6-2.
That big win in La Liga could provide a needed confidence boost for Valencia ahead of their midweek battle. It won’t be easy to overturn two goals advantage, but anything is possible in football this days.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : LLLWD
Gunners themselves have been experiencing difficult situation in the league as they’re top four chase ended. Winning against Valencia in the first leg wasn’t followed with a positive result in Premier League by Unai Emery’s team.
Arsenal are setting their full focus in Europa as a chance to get into Champions League next season. Emery’s side will be pushing hard for another victory away from home.
Marcelino’s side doesn’t have too much injury problems, but they will still miss important names. Cheryshev along with Kondogbia both won’t be available for this midweek clash due to injury problems.
Los Che will continue to count on Guedes on the flank to provide that spark going forward. Up front, Rodrigo set to be partnered with Kevin Gameiro as they look for goals.
Gunners have more problems with absentees as some of their players are out for the season. Emery won’t be able to call up Bellerin, Holding, Ramsey, Dennis Suarez and Welbeck.
Nevertheless, Arsenal will continue to rely on Aubameyang and Lacazette up front to get them those away goals. The visitor are also hoping that they’re defense can remain solid again for this away fixture.
Head to Head Records:
Their previous three meetings have now even out as both teams won one games and drew one.
The last time they met at Mestalla was way back in 2003 which resulted in Valencia’s 2-1 victory.
Gunners are not going to just defend their lead as they will still push for that away goals. However, Los Che are set to control proceedings and get at least two goals to turn things around.
Both teams ambition and focus could turn this second leg into a much better contest than the first one. Gunners remain slightly favorite, but Valencia can shock anyone at home.
Final Score: 3-1