Arsenal have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
Valencia have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).Valencia too faces an uphill task in finding a place in the first four spots in the Spanish League.
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Arsenal have the advantage heading into Thursday’s second leg after claiming a 3-1 victory in London. They fell behind early in the first half but struck back thanks to a brace from Alexandre Lacazette and a late effort from Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.
Arsenal Team News
Aubameyang was once again on target for the Gunners on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Brighton in the English Premier League. Unai Emery’s men have impressed in the Europa League having gone unbeaten in four of their last six away matches. A win at the Mestalla is priced at 4.20.
Lacazette has been one of the standout players for Arsenal in the Europa League and has scored three goals in his last two matches in the competition. The Frenchman is expected to continue his attacking partnership with Aubameyang, who has four goals in his last six matches.
Valencia Team News
Valencia have a 3-1 deficit to overcome from the first leg at the Emirates. They took an early first half lead through Mouctar Diakhaby but conceded twice before the break and were breached a third time on the stroke of 90 minutes.
Los Che bounced back in fine style on Sunday as they secured a 6-2 victory at Huesca in the Spanish La Liga. Marcelino’s men are unbeaten in seven of their last eight matches at the Mestalla and are priced at 1.83 for a victory on Thursday.
Valencia vs Arsenal Prediction
Valencia needs to overcome a deficit of two goals, but they do have the confidence of having recorded an away goal.
With the advantage of the home status, the team will definitely come on stronger against the visiting Gunners. Arsenal was winless in 12 of their last 17 matches on the road and was so in four of their last five overall ties as well. They also lost three of their last five games and conceded three or more goals in these three fixtures.
Importantly, Valencia holds a 100% h2h winning record at home, and except for a single draw, every h2h game ended in a home win.
Valencia is a whole different beast at home, and they were unbeaten in 20 of their last 21 home ties. They scored two or more goals in five of their last seven match-ups in front of their home crowd. In line with the trend, Valencia should record a win this Thursday.
But, as mentioned earlier, Arsenal considers this tournament as their easiest option to take part in the CL next season, as of now. They’ll be buoyed by the 3-1 first leg win and the two-goal advantage.