Villarreal vs Arsenal prediction: How will Europa League fixture play out tonight?

Arsenal visit Villarreal this evening as the sides’ Europa League semi-final tie gets under way.

Mikel Arteta is looking to win his second trophy as Gunners coach following last season’s FA Cup triumph, which came eight months after the Spaniard replaced compatriot Unai Emery.

Emery will in fact be in the opposite dugout tonight, looking to make a mark against his old club.

The 49-year-old led Villarreal on a 19-game unbeaten run after arriving at the club – a record for the La Liga outfit – and has them closing in on the Europa League final.

Arsenal will look to reach the showpiece game instead, for the first time since their 2018 defeat by Chelsea, amid speculation over a potential takeover bid from Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and former Gunners Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.

Here’s everything you need to know about the match:

When is it?

The game will kick off at 8pm BST.

How can I watch it?

The match will air live on BT Sport 3. Subscribers can also stream the action live on the broadcaster’s website and app.

What is the team news?

Villarreal midfielder Vicente Iborra will miss the game due to a knee injury, while Trigueros’ domestic suspension is irrelevant here. Francis Coquelin could be deployed against his old team but is likely to start on the bench.

Arteta has said that Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz are all in contention to play this evening despite recent injuries – or illness, in Aubameyang’s case.

Predicted line-ups

Villarreal: Asenjo; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Chukwueze, Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros; Moreno, Alcacer

Arsenal: Leno; Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Xhaka; Partey, Ceballos; Saka, Odegaard, Pepe; Lacazette

Odds

Villarreal: 6/4

Draw: 15/8

Arsenal: 23/10

Prediction

A cagey first leg, with Arsenal taking the lead but letting the hosts back into the tie late on. Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal.

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