Arsenal will carry a 3-1 advantage to Spain as they aim to secure a place in the UEFA Europa League final against Valencia, at Mestalla Stadium on Thursday.
ARS vs VAL Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Valencia made a brilliant start in the first leg as Mouctar Diakhaby scored the match's first goal. An away goal is like a bag of gold dust in Europe, and considering how Arsenal's backline is doing of late, Valencia would have been hoping to score more at that stage.
But Gunners are a completely different animal in home games. The hosts scored a quickfire two with Alexandre Lacazette scoring twice in seven minutes.
The scoreline suggests that Arsenal have one foot in the final, but we have already seen a few comebacks in Europe this season. On top of that, the North London side has been a poor traveller throughout the season and Mestalla can be a hot furnace for any team in the world.
The Game is really on!
The UEFA Europa League match will be played between Valencia and Arsenal at Mestalla Stadium, in Valencia, Spain. The ground has a capacity of 55,000.
The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Friday, May 10.
Ten Sports Network has the right to broadcast UEFA Europa League games in India. Premier members can also catch the action live on the official SonyLiv App.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Valencia – W W L L L W
Arsenal – W L L L W D
Valencia vs Arsenal Team News:
Injured – Geoffrey Kondogbia and Denis Cheryshev will be missing the clash with their respective injuries.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – None.
Note: Former Gunners Francis Coquelin returns from a suspension and should start in the heart of the midfield. But considering the hosts are chasing the game and need to be on the front foot for the better part of the full 90 minutes, Coquelin is not somebody who may not be the kind of player setting up the tempo Valencia are aiming for.
Also, to some extent, Marcelino got far too defensive in the first leg, naming as many as six defenders in the starting line-up, with four of them being centre-backs.
Mouctar Diakhaby, who is a defender, played in the central midfield position at the Emirates.
Expect more aggressive line-up from the hosts.
Probable XI: Neto (GK), Soler, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya, Piccini, Parejo, Wass, Guedes, Gameiro, Rodrigo
Injured – For Arsenal, the injury list remains the same. There are no fresh casualties as Rob Holding, Aaron Ramsey Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck all remain on the sidelines.
In case you don't know, Ramsey has played his last game for Arsenal as he is moving to Juventus this summer.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – None.
Note: Arsenal are defending the tie, and it won't come as a surprise if Unai Emery decides to leave either Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang or Alexandre Lacazette out of his starting line-up. The duo started at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg.
Emery left both Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Laurent Koscielny out of the game against Brighton and Hove Albion, with the latter struggling with his fitness of late.
Probable XI: Cech (GK), Mustafi, Koscielny, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette
Potential Game Changers:
Arsenal are going to do a lot of defending in this game. And they have to do it right for the hosts have the talent to punish them and alter the scoreline.
That's why Granit Xhaka will be crucial for Arsenal. The Swiss international has the ability to control the tempo, his tackling and interceptions incredible and he has the left foot to die for.
Xhaka's importance to the team could be seen from the fact that Arsenal have lost just nine games with him this season.
Another important player who holds the key for Arsenal is Alexandre Lacazette. The former Lyon star is just one goal short of hitting the 20-goal barrier. But his impact is beyond goals, for he has contributed with nine assists as well.
Stats and facts:
Points of selected players in recent matches (Power Picks):
Petr Cech: 2, 7.5, 8.5
Alexandre Lacazette: 21, 10.5, 2
Rodrigo Moreno: 8
Maitland Niles: 4, 7.5, 13
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech
Defenders: Garay, Wass, Gaya, Maitland-Niles
Midfielders: Parejo, Guedes, Xhaka, Iwobi
Forwards: Moreno, Lacazette
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Valencia are favourite to win the game, but it's Arsenal who start the match as favorite to qualify.
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