Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Estadio de la Ceramica will host the Europa League semifinal between Villarreal and Arsenal. The Yellow Submarine head into the match following a 2-1 loss to Barcelona, meaning that the lack of confidence could prove to be a problem for the La Liga outfit. Villarreal did well to eliminate Dinamo Zagreb in the quarter-finals, but Arsenal will pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals.
Midfielder Iborra remains on the sidelines through injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team. The Gunners, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Everton at the weekend. Even though all Aubameyang, Lacazette, and Tierney have recovered in time to face Villarreal, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Unai Emery’s troops, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home.
Highlighted Player (Ramiro Funes Mori):
Argentina isn’t known to produce great talents in defence but Ramiro Jose Funes Mori is an exception. The 25-year-old started his football career in the United States with FC Dallas. He won an MLS talent competition to get into their youth team but it was less than a year before he moved back to Argentina.
Mori joined River Plate as a youth player in 2008 and progressed to their senior team within three years. The young defender is nothing short of a club legend at River Plate having won six titles with the team. More than the titles and his performances, it was his performances in important games that is still vividly remembered.
His iconic goal against Boca Juniors is still part of the folklore. Mori joined English Premier League club Everton in 2015 and soon established himself as a regular there. Mori represented Argentina seven times and yet to score in national colors.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.