Estadio de la Ceramica will host the first Europa League semi-final clash between the Yellow Submarine and the Gunners. Who will enter the second match in London with an advantage?
On their way to the semifinals, the Spanish Submarine have sunk 2 clubs with similar names. In the ⅛ finals they celebrated a 4-0 aggregate win against Dynamo Kyiv, and in the quarterfinals managed to beat Dinamo Zagreb (3-1 on aggregate).
It’s interesting that in the first quarter-final match which took place on the Croatian soil, Villarreal were dominating on the field. In their turn, Dinamo chose a defensive-minded approach which worked at first. The teams produced an almost equal number of shots: 11 – for Dinamo (4 – on goal), 13 – for Villarreal (3 – on goal). However, the penalty in the 44th minute determined the outcome of the game, when Gerard Balaguero, playing for the Spanish side, opened the score. The second quarter-final in Spain only solidified Villarreal’s advantage, ending 2-1 in favour of the hosts.
The club’s excellent performance in the Europa League is like a breath of fresh air for the fans who were greatly disappointed by Arsenal’s poor results in the Premier League.
Asteta’s squad defeated Olympiacos (2-3 on aggregate), dominating their opponents in both legs.
As for the quarterfinals, the Gunners faced Slavia Prague. Their first meeting in London ended in a 1-1 draw, meaning an away-goal advantage for the Czech side. In the second leg, Arsenal literally swept Slavia aside, having scored 4 goals and conceded none. As a result, a 5-1 victory over two legs advanced Arteta’s men to the semifinals.
Despite recent achievements, Arsenal will arrive in Spain as the outsiders, given the odds of 2.9 on their victory. A draw looks even less likely, 1 to 3.5.
According to bookies, Villarreal’s home win should be considered. If you agree, you can bet on Emery’s side for the odds of 2.455