Arsenal v Aston Villa Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Arsenal v Aston Villa

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Sunday, September 22, 2019


Emirates Stadium

Punter's Pick

Arsenal host Aston Villa at the Emirates with both teams currently struggling for form in the league. The Gunners have not won in three and Villa have not won in two, so both managers will be keen to inject some momentum into their campaigns on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal have been severely criticised by fans and pundits alike for recent performances which many feel have exposed the soft underbelly of the team. A 3-1 loss to Liverpool clearly highlighted how far behind the Gunners are from the top teams was followed by a 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham. But the level of scrutiny really intensified after the Gunners threw away a 2-0 lead against Watford to finish the game 2-2. A calamitous attempt to play out from the back saw Sokratis give the ball away allowing Tom Cleverley to score and then David Luiz lazily hung out a leg to foul Pereyra and give away a penalty. He was accused of lazy defending when up against the likes of Mo Salah in the loss to Liverpool and this is a real concern for Unai Emery. There was a midweek reprieve as they beat Frankfurt 3-0 away in the Europa League but the Gunners really need to start picking up points if they wish to challenge for the top four this season.

Aston Villa have found life back in the top-flight tough and have won only one of their five league games. After their 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace Villa fans will be happy at their fighting spirit in achieving a point against a strong West Ham side last time out. But the Villans need to start getting wins under their belt, especially after a summer of lavish spending which has not materialised into results. The team has failed to find the net in their last two league games and there could be issues in breaking down an Arsenal defence which will be looking to safeguard their backline after the criticism meted out in the past week.

In team news, Arsenal hope that a knock sustained by left-back Kolasinac in their Europa League game will not be an issue and that he will be fit and available to play. Rob Holding will also be pushing for a starting place but it will be interesting to see the decision made on who plays in central defence. David Luiz was entrusted to start against Frankfurt so Emery could maintain faith in the likes of Luiz and Sokratis, but both know that they cannot make any more mistakes.

Aston Villa will be without Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester. They will welcome back winger Trezeguet who has finished serving a ban. Matt Targett has also overcome a hamstring injury and will be available for selection.

These two teams last met during the 2015/16 season where Arsenal comfortably won both games with Olivier Giroud scoring four goals over the course of the two games. You have to go back to 2013 to find the last time Aston Villa managed a victory against their rivals with Christian Benteke scoring two goals during an impressive away win.

Unsurprisingly Arsenal start this game as strong favourites and there could still be some value in backing them for a win at 2/5. However we feel there is excellent value in backing an Arsenal win in the half-time/full-time market which is being offered at a generous 11/10 by Bet365. You can also get 11/10 for Arsenal on a -1 handicap on goals, with the Gunners being backed to win this game by two goals or more.

  

Punter's Pick

Arsenal host Aston Villa at the Emirates with both teams currently struggling for form in the league. The Gunners have not won in three and Villa have not won in two, so both managers will be keen to inject some momentum into their campaigns on Sunday afternoon.

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