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Europa League: What to expect from Arsenal and Chelsea today

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UEFA Champions League qualification will be the biggest incentive as Arsenal take on Valencia in the second-leg semifinal of the Europa League at the Mestalla Stadium today.

Having blown away their chances of finishing in the Premier League’s top four after the recent 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion, winning Europe’s second-biggest prize is their only realistic route back into the Champions League.

And Arsenal have the advantage after having won the first leg at home 3-1 , thanks to a brace from Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal’s defence has been much criticised, but after a shaky start to the first leg, it proved sufficiently solid to keep Marcelino Toral’s side at arm’s length in the second half and they will be hoping to continue from where they had left off at the Emirates Stadium.

While the Gunners’ lead makes them slight favourites, Mestalla is a daunting place though and a Valencia fightback just cannot be ruled out.

If the Gunners prevail at Mestalla, an all-English final is very much on the cards with Chelsea contesting the other last-four encounter at Stamford Bridge having drawn 1-1 away to Eintracht Frankfurt .

On the other hand, unbeaten in UEFA Europa League right throughout this season, Chelsea are favourites to advance to the final and the fact that Eden Hazard will likely start gives them the extra edge.

Yet, Frankfurt have made a habit of overturning the odds in this competition and going by the results of UEFA Champions League quarterfinals where Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur staged remarkable comeback wins, nothing can be ruled out in the ‘Beautiful Game’.

A key sub-plot in the match will be the Olivier Giroud vs Martin Hinteregger battle. Giroud, who is Europa League’s current top scorer with 10 goals, should have Hazard alongside him, but if Hinteregger can keep his influence to a minimum Frankfurt will certainly fancy their chances of pulling off an upset win.

The winners of the two ties will face off in the one-off final at Azerbaijan’s Baku Stadium on May 29, with the champion earning a direct entry to next season’s Champions League.

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Livescore; Barcelona Vs Valencia, Copa Del Rey Final

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Livescore; Barcelona Vs Valencia, Copa Del Rey Final

The NIGERIA NEWS reports the Copa Del Rey Final which kicks off around 8:00 pm today between Barcelona Vs Valencia. The game is being played at Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain. The formation is Barcelona (4-3-3) while Valencia uses (4-4-2).

Valencia is currently taking a lead with 2 goals to nil. Kevin Gameiro scored the first goal at 22 minutes of the first half. Rodrigo then extends the lead by 1 at 34 minutes.

The match is currently Barcelona 0 – 2 Valencia after the first half. And the first half came to an end with Barcelona having 73 percent possession and Valencia 27 percent ball possession.

The line up is as shown in the screenshot below:

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USA VS Nigeria: Time, Team News, TV channels, predictions for the Under 20 world up 2019

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Time: Monday, 27th May. 2019 19:30

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria will be up against The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team on Monday May 27 as they be looking forward to build on the momentum first match at the Bielsko-Biala Stadium in Bielsko-Biala, Poland.

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The Flying Eagles came out victorious in their first match as they over powered Qatar trumping them four goals to nil.
The United States Under 20 team lost their first match encounter as trailing by 2-1 against the Ukrainian Under 20 side at this year’s Mundial.

The Nigeria’s Under 20 scored two first half Goals. Maxwell Effiom and Henry Offia was on target in the 12th and 24th minutes of the encounter respectively. The second half was also in similar fashion as to that of the first as goals from Manchester City’s academy star Tom Dele-Bashiru was on target in the 68th minute while Olasunkanmi Aliyu rounded it up with a goal at the 74th minute of the match.

The young yanks were off to a good start as they dominated possession against the Ukrainian Under 20 teams, poor defensive work by cost them a goal in the 26th minute of the encounter as Serhiy Buletsa struck in beautifully to put his team ahead.

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Six minutes on, Brandon Servania in the 32nd minute converted a cross by PSG man, Timothy Weah’s . Then in the 51st minute, Ukraine scored the game-winner off a poorly defended corner kick.

Nigeria will be looking forward to stay at the top of the log when they face the young yanks on Monday, while the chances of USA’s Under 20 team lies in getting at least a draw in the encounter.

Star to Watch

Timothy Weah, USA

Tom Dele-Bashiru, Nigeria

Head to head

USA and Nigeria have never met on this stage before.

How to watch

Fans in Nigeria can watch the FIFA U20 World Cup Group D encounter live on SuperSport 7 Nigeria and GOTV, Super sport Selects, channel 32

Prediction: Nigeria win, 2-1

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