3 May 2019
Two out-of-form sides come head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium at midweek as Arsenal host Valencia for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie.
The hosts go into this meeting off the back of three successive defeats that have seen them concede precisely three goals per match. However, the Premier League giants have won all three of their previous EL outings, scoring six goals while allowing zero in the process. Moreover, the Gunners have kept five clean sheets in six home matches during this EL campaign, with Unai Emery’s men scoring 2+ match goals four times during the run. Additionally, the London outfit has racked up a promising eight-game winning home run across all competitions prior to a 3-2 to loss to Crystal Palace, netting 2+ match goals across all nine of those clashes.
Meanwhile, the visitors have suffered back-to-back La Liga defeats in the build-up to this encounter, but they hope to stretch their unbeaten run in H2Hs with Arsenal to five games (W3, D1). Notably, Valencia’s last six competitive games have not been short of entertainment, as four of them have produced over 2.5 goals, with each of those four clashes featuring goals on both ends. After spending the autumn campaign in the Champions League, the Bats have joined the EL round of 32 after finishing third in their respective CL group behind Manchester United and Juventus. The Bats are still unbeaten across all six of their EL outings (W5, D1), with four of those clashes featuring under 2.5 goals.
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