Date: 30th April 2021
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal
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Villarreal lock horns with Arsenal in this high-voltage semi-final leg 1 clash of the Europa League. Both the teams look solid on paper but have been tad inconsistent in the recent past. But they were clinical in their respective quarter finals and would draw inspiration from there.
Vicente Iborra will be missing out on this game due to an injury. Pervis Estupian is expected to play after his recovery from an injury.
Kieran Tierney and David Luiz will be missing out on this game due to their respective injuries. Alexandre Lacazette has also been ruled out of this game.
Villarreal had outclassed Dinamo Zagreb in the quarter finals and had won 3-1 in the aggregate. Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer scored goals in the second leg, however Moreno’s goal was via a penalty. But they have been inconsistent in the La Liga as they are coming on the back off two defeats. They recently lost 1-2 to Catalan Giants Barcelona and just before that match, had lost 1-2 to Alvares. The side need to focus entirely on this game and not think about the past in order to win against Arsenal.
On the other hand, Gunners have endured a dismal Premier League season and presently occupy the 10th position in the table. Although a top four Premier League finish looks out of reach, thus a win in the Europa League would seal a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League for Arsenal. They are coming on the back off a defeat at the hands of Everton.
Probable Playing 11
Geronimo Rulli; Alfonso Pedraza, Pau Torres, Raul Albiol, Juan Foyth; Etienne Capoue, Manu Trigueros, Dani Parejo; Gerard Moreno, Carlos Bacca, Samuel Chukwueze
Bernd Leno; Rob Holding, Granit Xhaka, Pablo Mari, Hector Bellerin; Thomas Partey, Dani Ceballos; Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe; Eddie Nketiah
Goalkeepers: Rulli, Leno
Defenders: Holding, Xhaka, Pedraza, Torres
Midfielders: Saka, Smith Rowe, Partey, Trigueros, Chukwueze
Strikers: Moreno, Pepe, Nketiah
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