Villarreal vs Arsenal: Live stream free, TV channel, teams, kick-off time – Pepe starts up front in Europa League

ARSENAL visit Villarreal as they target a potential Europa League final against Manchester United.

The Gunners put in a superb second-leg performance to beat Slavia Prague in the last-eight, setting up this showdown in Spain.

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Villarreal are having a below-par season in La Liga this term but have been superb in Europe, comfortably seeing off Dinamo Zagreb in the last round.

What time does Villarreal vs Arsenal kick off?

  • This first leg clash will be held on Thursday, April 29.
  • Kick-off is at 8pm BST.
  • The sides last met each other 12 years ago, when Arsenal beat Villarreal 3-0 thanks to goals from Theo Walcott, Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie.

What TV channel is Villarreal vs Arsenal on and can I live stream it?

  • You can catch all of the action live on BT Sport 3.
  • The match will be on at the same time as Man Utd's semi-final with Roma.
  • If you are a BT subscriber or have their broadband, download the official app to stream wherever you are.

How can I watch for free?

  • EE customers can get BT Sport INCLUDED to their plan at no extra cost if they are on a plan with Smart Benefits – simply log in to EE and choose BT Sport app.
  • And then get it on the big screen by texting SPORT to 150 to get a FREE three-month trial of large screen so you can cast all the action on your TV.
  • At the end of the three months you will automatically roll onto the £15 per month subscription unless cancelled.

What is the team news?

Match odds

  • Villarreal to win – 7/5
  • Draw – 11/5
  • Arsenal victory – 15/8

*All odds from Paddy Power and correct at time of publication.

  • Kostas Lianos

    ARSENAL FORMATION

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation with only one change to the team that lost to Everton on Friday.

    Bernd Leno starts in goal with Calum Chambers at right-back and Granit Xhaka on the other side, while captain Rob Holding and Pablo Mari team up at cantre-back.

    Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos team up in midfield while Martin Odegaard returns in Eddie Nketiah's place and seems to be starting at No10.

    Bukayo Saka covers the right wing with Emile Smith Rowe on the other side while Nicolas Pepe leads the line as a false 9.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns to the fold and starts on the bench

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ARSENAL SUBS

    33 Ryan, 53 Okonkwo, 2 Bellerin, 6 Gabriel, 23 Luiz, 17 Cedric, 25 Elneny, 24 Nelson, 30 Nketiah, 12 Willian, 14 Aubameyang, 35 Martinelli

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    ARSENAL XI

    1 Leno; 21 Chambers, 16 Holding, 22 Mari, 34 Xhaka; 18 Partey, 8 Ceballos; 7 Saka, 11 Odegaard, 32 Smith Rowe; 19 Pepe

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    VILLARREAL FORMATION

    Villarreal manager Unai Emery has opted for a 4-3-3 formation with two changes to the team that lost to Barcelona on Sunday.

    Geronimo Rulli replaces Sergio Asenjo in goal as the 31-year-old goalkeeper starts on the bench.

    Tottenham loanee Juan Foyth starts at right-back with Alfonso Pedraza, on for Alberto Moreno, at left-back, while captain Raul Albiol teams up with Manchester United and Manchester City transfer target Pau Torres at centre-back.

    Dani Parejo, Etienne Capoue and Manu Trigueros, who got sent off against Barca, link up in midfield.

    Samuel Chukwueze, Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno lead the attack

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    VILLARREAL SUBS

    1 Asenjo, 2 Gaspar, 6 Mori, 9 Bacca, 15 Estupinan, 18 Moreno, 19 Coquelin, 21 Costa, 23 Gomez, 30 Yeremy, 32 Alex, 34 Nino

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    VILLARREAL XI

    13 Rulli; 8 Foyth, 3 Albiol, 4 Torres, 24 Pedraza; 5 Parejo, 25 Capoue, 14 Trigueros; 11 Chukwueze, 17 Paco, 7 Gerard

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    THE TEAM SHEETS ARE IN!!!

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    GOOD EVENING FROM VILLARREAL

    Welcome to our live coverage of the Europa League semi-final first leg between Villarreal and Arsenal at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

    This is an important stage in the Gunners' season as the Premier League top four is out of reach and therefore the north Londoners can only qualify for next season's Champions League if they win the Europa League.

    Manager Mikel Arteta may be in for a major boost by welcoming star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to the fold.

    Aubamayeng missed the last four matches after contracting malaria during the most recent international break but could return for Arsenal.

    The Gabon international could start along with striking partner Alexandre Lacazette, who has overcome a hamstring problem.

    Kieran Tierney and David Luiz have also been declared fit after overcoming a knee injury and are after a spot in Arteta's starting line-up.

    Villarreal manager Unai Emery will be facing his former club with almost a full squad to choose from, with the exception of Vicente Iborra who is out with a knee injury.

    But Emery is not the only familiar face Arsenal will be facing tonight as Francis Coquelin is likely to start in the Yellow Submarine's midfield.

    The Gunners are also likely to clash with former Liverpool foe Alberto Moreno as well as Tottenham loanee Juan Foyth

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