Match Preview: Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal Predictions and Betting Tips 29.04.2021

Villarreal – Arsenal Predictions & Tips For Today, April 29, 2021.

League: Europa League – Play Offs – Semi-finals
Match: 20:00 Villarreal – Arsenal
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odd: 1.34
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 2:1 LOST

Villarreal – Arsenal Match Preview

  • Villarreal are making their third appearance at a UEFA Europa League (UEL) semi-finals since 2010/11, but failed to make the final on both previous occasions. They have bulldozed their way to this stage with a near perfect W11, D1 record, however curiously, Villarreal have registered exactly two goals in five of their six encounters in the knockout stage, building that superb run with six clean sheets from 11 UEL matches this season (excluding a forfeit vs Qarabağ).
  • The likelihood of establishing a handy home-leg advantage appears healthy, with 60% of their 25 goals across this edition being recorded at home, in addition to three opening goals inside the first 15 minutes at home. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that three of their five home victories this campaign have been accompanied by a 2+ goal margin, albeit their previous four competitive home matches ended via a 2-1 scoreline (W2, L2).
  • Pursuing their second UEL final across the last three seasons, Arsenal recently fell at the semi-final hurdle to Spanish opposition (Atlético Madrid) in 2017/18. They ought to draw inspiration from their last visit to Spain in UEFA competition though, where they confirmed their place in the 2018/19 final with a 4-2 win at Valencia.
  • Interestingly, their two best results at the knockout stage in terms of margins were both earned away from home; whilst across their whole 2020/21 UEL campaign, they’re yet to suffer defeat away from London (W6, D1) and secured three HT/FT doubles during that period. That said, they bring poor eight-game competitive form into this clash (W2, D3, L3).
  • Players to watch: Villarreal’s continental specialist Gerard Moreno has opened the scoring in an astounding four of his last five UEL appearances. Similarly, Nicolas Pépé has recorded Arsenal’s first goal four times in this UEL (when excluding own goals), including both quarter-final legs.
  • Hot streak: Both teams have now completed exactly 18 consecutive competitive matches since their last 0-0 draw.

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