UEFA Europa League Betting Preview: Valencia vs. Arsenal

UEFA Europa League Semifinals
Valencia vs. Arsenal
Thursday, May 9th - 3:00pm ET - Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
Betting Line: Valencia -115, Total 3

Arsenal will head to Valencia, Spain to take on the local Spanish club in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League Semifinals. Arsenal holds a 3-1 aggregate lead after a dominant performance at home in the first leg.

In the first leg, Valencia scored the opening goal at the 11th minute. A close range header into the bottom left corner by Mouctar Diakhaby put the Spanish club on the board early. That was the highlight of Valencia's day.

Arsenal attacked and Alexandre Lacazette scored the tying goal at the 18 minute mark. Just seven minutes later, Lacazette did it again. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the final nail in the coffin off of a cross from Sead Kolasinac at the 90th minute mark.

Arsenal were the aggressor throughout the match. They controlled the ball for 58% of the match. Arsenal shot the ball 15 times, hitting six shots on goal. They were aggressive on defense and effective under goal. Arsenal drew 17 fouls to Valencia's 10, however they managed to go without being carded. Valencia drew a pair of yellow cards (Diakhaby & Parejo).

The win over Valencia helped snap a three-game losing streak (Leicester City, Wolverhampton, Crystal Palace). The three home goals will prove valuable as they head to Spain. Valencia is a tough out in front of their home crowd. They'll look to secure a top-four spot in the tournament. A win over Arsenal will be essential.

In six UEFA Europa League matches this season. He's scored 22 goals in 2018-2019 with 11 assists. Alexandre Lacazette has five goals and a pair of assists to his name in the Europa League. He leads Arsenal with 32 goals and nine assists.

Goncalo Guedes has scored three goals in Europa League matches for Valencia. He has stepped up when Rodrigo and Santi Mina have struggled to score. Kevin Gameiro has two goals and four assists for the Spanish squad.

Valencia hasn't been the most offensive team in the Europa League thus far, however they do possess home field advantage. This should be enough to stifle Arsenal's offense just enough to keep the score Under 3.

Visit the BetUS Sportsbook and place your bets for an action-packed week. Ajax takes on Tottenham on Wednesday in the UCL Semifinals. Chelsea faces Eintracht Frankfurt in Europa League play on Thursday while Arsenal and Valencia throw down.