Europa League is a "second chance"
I have the feeling that the Europa League is playing the role of the Home of the Dead from the national championships.
Well, here are two more such teams in the semifinals.
There is no significant difference between the fact that Arsenal and in particular Mikel Arteta have no other chance for something good this season.
As well as only the theoretical chances of Villarreal for La Liga.
Villarreal is led by a successful coach
The less popular of the two teams is, of course, the home team.
When we talk about them, we have to start with the most important figure. And this is mentor Unai Emery.
He was ousted by today's opponent. Although with him Arsenal reached another final in the Europa League.
In fact, he is an extremely successful coach. Who won 3 times this tournament at the head of Sevilla.
Will he achieve it now?
Villarreal style leads to touches
Villarreal have a very interesting style of play.
As footballers are positioned in a way, the main purpose of which is to gain a numerical advantage in the middle of the field.
This is done both in attack and defense in order to take the ball.
Most often they create situations with three against two in the middle of the field.
By making a triangle between the fullback, center midfielder and winger.
After all, defenses are very difficult to overcome.
And the rivals are trying to transfer the central part of the field with long passes. Which leads to a lot of side throws.
What is Arsenal's style of play?
You probably know a lot more about Arsenal.
But I just want to point out that they have a transformation in style.
Which I attribute to the lack of experience for Mikel Arteta.
For a long time they had many difficulties in creating situations due to attempts at the so-called positional football.
But then the manager relied on the individual skill and speed of his players. And the goals were not late.
Prediction for Villarreal - Arsenal
Now we have an interesting match of clash between "individualists".
The players of both teams are masters of dribble and love 1 on 1 situations. But at the same time they hate to assist.
Anything can happen in a "every greedy goal" game, if you remember what I mean.
But this style of teams implies a lot of martial arts. Whether clean or not, I can't guess.
And I am not familiar with the level of tolerance of the chief arbitrator.
Therefore, instead of cards, I will focus on free kicks. As well as many side throws.
There is another interesting and useful fact for betting. Which, however, I could not decide how to take advantage of.
The point is that Villarreal are a team whose wings are not such in quality. And they don't like to center, but rather dribble.
And central striker Moreno also prefers to dribble on the right flank instead of catching balls in the penalty area.
These are amazing individualists.
And it is no coincidence that Villarreal are one of the teams whose players have the fewest assists in La Liga.
They are also the team that most often falls into ambush. But I don't know how much Arsenal use this defensive trick.
My choice of forecast remains with the two components I offer. And the stakes will be rather high.
Top facts and statistics for the match
- Villarreal is in a series of 14 games without a draw: 9-0-5.
- Goal / Goal & Over 2.5 in the last 5 games of Villarreal.
- Arsenal have won just 2 of their last 8 games: 2-3-3.
- Arsenal have not lost in their last 6 away games: 4-2-0.
- He has over 2.5 goals in 5 of Arsenal's last 6 away games.