Valencia hosts Arsenal in a second Europa League 1/2-final game at the Estadio Mestalla in Valencia. One of these two teams is going to reach the final in Baku and right now the Englishmen are in a better position to do it.
Arsenal are having an advantage after the first leg in London, which they won with 3-1. Mouctar Diakhaby opened the score for Valencia after just 11 minutes of playing, but until the end of the game Arsenal turned it around. Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for the Gunners, while Pierre Emerick Aubameyang gave the hosts an even bigger advantage in the last minute of the match. Now Unai Emery’s team is going to feel much more comfortable at the Mestalla with a good advantage of two goals.
For Arsenal winning Europa League could be the only way to qualify for the next edition of the Champions League. The team is not performing well in the Premier League and it’s currently not in the best position to finish in the Top 4.
Meanwhile Valencia are also 5th in La Liga, being 3 points behind the 4th Getafe. Los Che are in a similar situation. Most surely Marcelino’s boys are feeling sorry for the way they allowed Arsenal to turn around the first game in London.
But nothing is over just yet. Valencia can still turn it around – they know that a “clear” win with just two goals difference will allow them to reach the final of the competition. In some cases Arsenal were shaky in their Europa League visits, so this shall give the Spanish team some hope. As for Arsenal, they are aware that they must be very solid in defense on Thursday.
That’s what we had to say about the Europa League 1/2-finals clash between Valencia and Arsenal at the Estadio Mestalla on Thursday night.
Valencia welcomes Young Boys at the Estadio Mestalla in a match from Group H of the Champions League.
Valencia still have some chances to progress to the 1/8-finals of the competition, but the Spanish side really needs to win this match. Right now Los Che are 3rd in the group standings with 2 points, being just 2 points behind the 2nd Manchester United. Depending on the result between Juventus and United in the other game, Valencia could be 2nd in the group after Wednesday.
Young Boys on the other hand are 4th in the group with just one point won so far. Theoretically they have a chance to progress, too, but the Swiss champions is clearly the underdog here.
Being an underdog didn’t stop Young Boys from winning a point against Valencia two weeks ago. The match in Bern ended with a 1-1 draw. Michy Batshuayi opened the score for Los Che after an assist from Carlos Soler, but Hoarau equalized for Young Boys after a well executed penalty kick soon after the start of the second half.
This was really disapointing for Valencia, because the Spanish side hoped to record a first win in the competition for this season. If they had won, right now Valencia would have been with the same amount as points as Manchester United.
As for Young Boys, they probably understand very well their role of an underdog in this group. For the Swiss team every point in this competition is prestigious. On the other hand, Young Boys are probably still hoping to finish at least 3rd in the group and continue in Europa League. But in order to do this, they need to start winning games.
These are our thoughts about the Champions League clash between Valencia and Young Boys at the Estadio Mestalla.
Valencia hosts Leganes in a match from the 9th round of the Spanish La Liga. Let’s take a look at this match, which is going to be played at the Mestalla in Valencia.
The last season was very good for Valencia and the team qualified for the Champions League for a first time since some years. But we can say that Marcelino’s team did not stat the new campaign in the best way possible. Valencia are currently 13th in the league standings with 9 points and a record of 1 win, 6 draws and 1 loss. It’s not good enough for a club which aims to finish in the Top 4 of La Liga.
In their last five matches, Valencia made four draws. Including against the champion Barcelona in the previous round. Ezequiel Garay opened the score for Los Che after just two minutes of playing, but Barca’s superstar Lionel Messi levelled the score after an assist from Luis Suarez.
In other words, right now Valencia are doing too many draws and they are losing too many points. Their goal is once again to finish in the Top 4 and to return to the Champions League. But it’s going to be difficult.
Leganes are also having some trouble. They are currently in the relegation zone of the league, being 18th with 7 points won. Their record so far shows 2 wins, 1 draw and 5 defeats.
But Leganes are showing some improvement lately. The team won two of its last three matches, beating Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano at home. Clearly Leganes are much better at home than they are on the road. Let’s see how this will affect their performance against Valencia.
That’s our view on the La Liga clash between Valencia and Leganes at the Mestalla. We wish you good luck with this one!