20:00 Thursday

Arsenal v Villarreal Stats

  • Villareal have won their last 9 Europa League games.
  • Villareal manager Unai Emery has won this trophy 3 times in his career.
  • Arsenal have failed to win in their last 5 home matches in all competitions

Betting Tip: Villarreal to qualify

With one Europa League tie already all but sewn up, most eyes will be on the Emirates as Arsenal hope to turn around a 2-1 defeat last week in Spain. Despite going down to 10 men, the Gunners managed to nick a possibly vital away goal from a Nicolas Pepe penalty. It was a pretty even game in the first leg and this one should be similarly tight given the similar level of quality between the two sides.

The difference could actually be in the respective dugouts. Unai Emery reached a Europa League final with Arsenal in 2019 and has won this trophy thrice, an impeccable record. He’s been in these situations before and his sides have done enough to get through, even though they have the upper hand in the tie they’re still 4/5 in the ‘To Qualify’ market and that looks a touch too big. 

When you consider Arsenal’s inability to win at home of late you have to have worries about them having enough to turn around this, especially if the visitors can get on the scoresheet, something they have done in every game in the entire tournament then they stand a great chance of progressing.

Villarreal to qualify - 2pts @ 4/5