2021 Europa League odds, May 6 picks: European soccer expert reveals best bets for Arsenal vs. Villarreal

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Villarreal is hoping the third time will be a charm in its quest for a berth in the UEFA Europa League final. The Spanish side failed on its previous two attempts, losing in the semifinals to Porto in 2011 before being defeated by Liverpool five years later. Villarreal looks to finally reach the title game when it visits Arsenal in the second leg of the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League semifinals on Thursday. After posting 11 wins and a draw over its first 12 matches in the competition, Villarreal remained unbeaten and moved a step closer to the final by edging Arsenal 2-1 at home in the first leg.

Kickoff from Emirates Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Paramount+. The latest Arsenal vs. Villarreal odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Arsenal as 0.5-goal and -120 money-line favorite (risk $120 to win $100), while the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before finalizing any Villarreal vs. Arsenal picks, be sure to see the UEFA Europa League predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s soccer guru Martin Green.

After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season.

Now, Green has set his sights on Arsenal vs. Villarreal. You can head to SportsLine to see his picks. Here are several odds and trends for Villarreal vs. Arsenal:

  • Villarreal vs. Arsenal spread: Arsenal -0.5 (-125)
  • Villarreal vs. Arsenal over-under: 2.5 goals
  • Villarreal vs. Arsenal money line: Arsenal -120, Villarreal +333, Draw +250
  • VIL: The club has allowed fewer than two goals in 12 straight Europa League matches
  • ARS: The Gunners have posted clean sheets in each of their last three victories over all competitions

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Top predictions for Arsenal vs. Villarreal

Green is leaning over 2.5 goals in Thursday’s showdown between Villarreal and Arsenal. Villarreal has scored at least two goals in seven of its last eight Europa League matches and 10 of 13 overall in the competition. The Spanish side also possesses two of the top nine scorers in the Europa League, as Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer are among six players tied for fourth with six tallies apiece. The 29-year-old Moreno, who leads the team with 26 goals across all competitions, is due to break out as he is in the midst of a four-game drought — his longest since a five-game stretch bridging October and November.

Despite being held to fewer than two goals in three of its last four Europa League contests, Arsenal has proven to be more than capable of turning up the offense. The Gunners netted at least three tallies in each of their final five group-stage matches and eight of 13 overall games in the competition. Nicolas Pepe also is one of the six players tied for fourth in Europa League goals and has scored in three straight contests in the event, which is one of the reasons Green is leaning toward the over on Thursday.

How to make Europa League picks for Villarreal vs. Arsenal

Green has also identified an x-factor that has him jumping all over one side, as well as two other prop picks. Head to SportsLine to see his analysis and top picks.

So who wins Villarreal vs. Arsenal? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the money line has all the value, all from the European soccer expert who has generated $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and find out.

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