England Premier League
Saturday 9th December 2023
Kick off at 5:30pm GMT
Venue: Villa Park
Are Aston Villa possible title challengers? Does that sound like a crazy idea? Well they have a 100% record at home, have just beaten the champions for the past three seasons and come into this weekend in 3rd place and four points behind the league leaders Arsenal, this should be a very high level game of football and an exciting one.
Aston Villa came out of the traps early and never let up against Manchester City, their tactics never allowed City to feel too comfortable on the ball and in the end they came out of it with a deserved 1-0 win, it was a huge result for Unai Emery’s side and this could be another one. Form is good for the home side with three wins from their last four games and as we have pointed out before their home record is superb with 7 wins from seven games. They have scored plenty at home too with 24 goals so far that is the best attacking home record in the league and they have conceded just five times which is the second best record just one more than Newcastle.
The first blow for Arsenal comes before a ball is kicked as manager Mikel Arteta has been charged by the FA for his recent outbursts and has a touchline ban. But the Gunners come into this weekend in 1st place after their epic 4-3 win over Luton in midweek. That game was heading for a 3-3 draw before Declan Rice headed in with literally seconds remaining for three glorious points. But the heat is on with Liverpool in 2nd place and only two points behind. Arsenal are away but have the best away record in the league with 16 points won from a possible 21 and in beating Luton and Brentford they have won their last two away games in a row.
Aston Villa: Bertrand Traore has a knock and this game will come too early for him. Tyrone Mings is still out with a knee injury with no fixed return date, Emiliano Buendia has a knee injury and won’t return for at least two months.
Arsenal: Fabio Vieira isn’t due back for at least six weeks with a groin injury. Jurrien Timber, Emile Smith-Rowe, Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu are all out with no fixed return date.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Head to Head:
Last season Arsenal won this fixture 4-2.
Arsenal have won the last four meetings in a row and it’s been two years since Aston Villa have beaten them.
There is a 60% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Prediction:
Last season when Arsenal became title challengers they had many hurdles to clear, they cleared a lot of them but stumbled and then fell, and this game away to Aston Villa is a huge hurdle. We know that Arsenal are the bigger club, have the bigger budget and probably the better squad but Aston Villa have the better manager and their wonderful home form should not be ignored.
The one question against Villa will be how much did the City win take out of the players? Will this be a game that the longer it goes on Arsenal will come back into it? We think we may witness an epic game and we have been blessed with this a few times already this season in the Premier League. There were six goals in the fixture last season. We may well see a repeat but is this Villa’s time after going the past few years without victory?
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Betting Tips:
Result: Draw at 3.75
Anytime goalscorer: Ollie Watkins at 3.00
Anytime goalscorer: Martin Odegaard at 3.75
Correct Score: 2-2 or 3-3 at 12.00 and 41.00
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