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Valencia vs Arsenal: predictions, likely lineups & team news

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 08/05/2019

Arsenal travel to Spain on Thursday to battle Valencia for a spot in this season's Europa League final, and potentially a spot in next year's Champions League should they win the showpiece game in Baku.

With a 3-1 lead from the first leg, Unai Emery and his players will have to navigate a tricky away tie against a team who scored six goals scored away to Huesca in their La Liga game on Sunday but Gunners drew last time out to lowly Brighton, with their current run being less than spectacular and they will need to be alert to navigate past Los Ches at the Mestalla.

Team News 

Valencia will be missing central midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia whilst winger Denis Cheryshev is also unavailable with a ligament injury.

Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck all remain unavailable for selection due to long-term injuries.

However, Aaron Ramsey has already played his last game for the club after suffering a hamstring tear against Napoli which ruled him out for the rest of the reason while Denis Suarez is also sidelined after picking up a groin injury.

Head to Head Record

Thursday's fixture will represent the seventh competitive meeting between the clubs, with Valencia registering three wins in comparison to two victories for Arsenal.

Four of the previous games took place in the Champions League between 2001 and 2003, with Arsenal only prevailing on one of those occasions.

Arsenal have suffered defeat on each of their previous two visits to the Mestalla.

Recent Form

Arsenal have two wins in their last six games, with both of those coming in the Europa League against Valencia and ​Napoli respectively but their away from will be a worry, having conceded nine goals in three games, but their two-goal cushion in this tie should give them an advantage in Spain.

Valencia have three wins in their last six games, with the most recent being a 6-2 thrashing of relegated Huesca in ​La Liga. This result will undoubtedly give Los Ches confidence that they can overturn the two-goal deficit and make it to the final. 

Valencia possible starting lineup: Neto; Piccini, Gabriel, Garay, Gaya; Wass, Parejo, Coquelin, Guedes; Mina, Moreno

Arsenal possible starting lineup: Cech; Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Iwobi; Aubameyang, Lacazette

 

Prediction: Valencia 2-1 Arsenal (Agg: 3-4)

 

 
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