Villarreal and Arsenal contest the first-leg of their Europa League last four tie. The Yellow Submarine are led by former Gunners boss Unai Emery who will be desperate to get one over his previous employers. The Spaniard has won the cup on three occasions and is the competition’s most successful coach since the new format was introduced in 2009.
Where and when: Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal – 29 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Villarreal vs. Arsenal: BT Sport 3
Last time: Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor were all on the scoresheet 12 years ago.
Villarreal v Arsenal Predictions and Preview
The hosts tend to line-up in a 4-4-2 formation with two orthodox strikers. Gerard Moreno will be partnered by Paco Alcacer and the duo have 38 goals and 12 assists between them this term.
The Yellow Submarine number seven is in the form of his life and is set to lead the line for his country this summer. Moreno is 5/1 to break the deadlock, while his compatriot can be found at 11/2. The ex-Barcelona and Valencia ace is also in contention to feature for La Roja at Euro 2020 after registering another double figure haul.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Villarreal to win 2-0||13/1||Offer|
|Nicolas Pepe to score anytime||11/4||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||10/3||Offer|
Samuel Chukwueze will occupy the right flank and gave Villarreal the lead against Barcelona last weekend. The winger has been linked to Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea and is 11/4 to net anytime.
Highly rated team-mate Pau Torres will hope to bid farewell to Castellón with silverware. The defender is coveted by Real Madrid and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils and there will be plenty of interested spectators on Thursday. Villarreal are 29/20 to take an advantage to London and a draw is 12/5.
Visitors Arsenal have endured a disastrous domestic campaign, losing 13 of their 33 matches. The Gunners sit in 10th and any route back to the Champions League will realistically be achieved by toppling Villarreal and either Roma or Manchester United in the final.
Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta is waiting on the fitness of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese hotshot is recovering from malaria and his inclusion would be a huge boost, particularly with in-form Alexandre Lacazette on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.
Aubameyang is 7/2 to open proceedings, while the prodigious Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka are 10/3 and 4/1, respectively, to score anytime. Arsenal are 19/10 to come away with the spoils and temporarily take the pressure off Arteta.
One to watch for Villarreal: Carlos Bacca is a handy option to have in reserve and has over 250 career goals to his name. The forward is 6/1 to notch last.
One to watch for Arsenal: Gabriel Martinelli is 15/2 in the same market and is finally raring to go after a difficult 18 months with knee and ankle injuries.
Long shot: Arsenal have won nine of their 12 fixtures in the Europa League and the tournament has been a welcome distraction from their woes on home soil. Despite this, the Gunners do not have a great record against Spanish opposition and Villarreal will be confident of victory. A 3-0 outcome is 30/1.