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Unai Emery is no stranger to success in the Europa League, as he led Sevilla to three consecutive championships from 2014-16. The 49-year-old Spaniard had a chance to capture his fourth title in 2019 but was unable to guide Arsenal past Chelsea in the final, leaving him tied with Giovanni Trapattoni for most crowns as a manager in Europa League history. Emery can use his former team as a stepping stone toward finally breaking the deadlock when he leads Villarreal against host Arsenal in the second leg of the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League semifinals on Thursday. The Spanish side posted a 2-1 victory in the first leg, making the road to a second appearance in the final in three seasons a more difficult one for the Gunners.

Kickoff from Emirates Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET and it can be streamed on Paramount+. The latest Villarreal vs. Arsenal odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Arsenal as 0.5-goal and -118 money-line favorites (risk $118 to win $100), while the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before finalizing any Arsenal vs. Villarreal 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 -118, Villarreal +320, 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

Top predictions for Arsenal vs. Villarreal

Green is leaning over 2.5 goals in Thursday's showdown between Villarreal and Arsenal. The Spanish club has had no trouble getting over that total of late, combining with its opponents to produce at least three goals in six straight matches prior to Sunday's 1-0 La Liga victory over Getafe. 

Gerard Moreno, who leads Villarreal with 26 tallies across all competitions, and Paco Alcacer are part of a six-way tie for fourth place in the Europa League with six goals. Moreno was kept off the board in the first leg but had scored in each of his previous three games in the competition, recording four tallies in that stretch.

Arsenal and its opponents have combined for three or more goals in four of the team's last six Europa League matches and 10 of its 13 contests in the competition. The Gunners are the highest-scoring team in the event with 33 tallies and have recorded at least three on eight occasions. Nicolas Pepe, who is third on the team with 11 goals and also is tied for fourth in the Europa League with six, has scored in each of his last three games in the competition, which has helped Green in his decision to lean 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.