Arsenal vs VillarrealUEFA Europa League, KO: 20:00 May 6, 2021, Emirates Stadium
ARSENAL face a season-defining Europa League semi-final second-leg showdown with Villarreal at the Emirates on Thursday night.
The Gunners have struggled for any degree of consistency this season and winning the Europa League this term remains their only plausible route into the Champions League next campaign.
However, those ambitions suffered a major setback when Mikel Arteta's men slumped to a 2-1 first-leg defeat in Spain last midweek.
Indeed, Arsenal bounced-back with a confidence-boosting 2-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday, but a Europa League triumph has long-been the Londoners priority this season.
Unai Emery, the Villarreal manager, stands between his former employers and them saving their season in the Europa League.
Emery is Europa League specialist – the Spaniard steered Sevilla to three straight titles from 2014-2016, not to mention he led Arsenal to the 2019 showpiece.
Arsenal have failed to win any of their last five home matches but the hosts are 10/11 favourites with Betfred on Thursday night.
Villarreal have won their last nine Europa League matches but a tenth win on the spin is an unfancied 17/5 with UniBet, with the draw trading at 13/5 with the same firm.
Consistency hasn't been something associated with Arsenal this season so I'm going to swerve the match result market here and instead head to Bet 365‘s Bet Builder.
Each of the last nine sides to visit the Emirates have got on the scoresheet and on five of those occasions both teams have obliged.
What's more, Arsenal have scored in all but one of their Europa League matches this season, while Villarreal have notched in each of their 13 matches in Europe's secondary club competition this season.
With that in mind, coupled with the fact that Arsenal are entering must-win territory here, I'm happy to take a chance on both teams making the net bulge in North London on Thursday night
I'll complete the Bet Builder by backing each to see at least one card – last week's fiery first-leg yielded three yellow cards and two red cards – and I suspect sparks could fly again during this high stakes semi-final second leg.
That train of thought could see value lie with the 23/20 on offer with Bet 365 for both teams to receive over one card at the Emirates on Thursday night.
The above-mentioned betting angle banked in Spain last week and we also have a decent referee in Slavko Vicnic who is averaging over four cards per game in continental clashes this term
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