An intriguing Europa League semi-final matchup between Villarreal and Arsenal has some extra spice, thanks to former Gunners boss Unai Emery’s presence in the opposition dugout.
Emery waxed lyrical this week about his time at the Emirates, but we reckon he would like nothing better than getting one over the club that booted him out after just 51 games in charge.
Although he didn’t really help himself by winning just 25 of those matches!
Now at the helm of the Yellow Submarine, three-time Europa League winner Emery could become just the fourth coach to win four trophies in Europe’s top two club competitions.
But standing in his way is Mikel Arteta, who has already won a domestic trophy during his short reign, and would love to win the Europa League and paper over some of the cracks from a forgettable Premier League campaign.
|Fixture||Villarreal v Arsenal|
|Date||Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 20:00|
|Where||Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal|
|How to Watch||Live on BT Sport|
Our Top Odds Pick – Both Teams To Score – 4/5 at bet365
Like your favourite chair, or that pair of lounging around pants you haven’t washed in months, the Europa League has been a comfort blanket for Villarreal and Arsenal.
Both sides have endured average domestic campaigns, but have defeated all comers on Thursday nights, experiencing just one loss between them in the 24 combined games they have played.
The parallels don’t end there though, as Villarreal have won all six of their home matches, scoring 18 goals in the process.
While Arsenal have won five and drawn one of their six away games, scoring 17 times.
And the case for the Gunners finding the net is only strengthened by the expected return of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after recovering from a bout of malaria.
And with odds just south of evens, we’re happy to recommend a punt on both sides finding the net in Spain.
Our Extra Pick – Gerard Moreno To Score First – 5/1 at Vbet
Only two players have scored more than Gerard Moreno’s six goals in the Europa League this season.
And he has opened the scoring in three of Villarreal’s six games in the knockout stage.
The Spanish international has also netted 28 times in all competitions, including a couple for the Spanish national side.
And he’s in rarified air at the top of the La Liga scoring charts, with his 20 goals bettered only by Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.