Where: Villa Park, Birmingham, EnglandWhen: Saturday, December 9, 6:30 pm CET
The Villans are coming into this event flying high because they play excellent football at home. They feel they can beat any team in the world at Villa Park and aim to win against the Gunners as well. Mikel Arteta’s boys have no fear before this clash, looking ready to take on the rivals and measure their strength against one of the dark horses for the Premiership title. Yes, we’ve said that Aston Villa is a dark horse, whether someone likes it or not.
Aston Villa vs. Arsenal Preview
The Villains have been more than confident at home this season, posting nothing but success. There was one defeat in the EFL Cup, when Everton managed to eliminate Unai Emery’s crew. Apart from that, Villa triumphed in nine of the past ten contests.
Now, not only did they record a number of victories, but the Villains have been rather efficient, with only the victory against Zrinjski in the Europa Conference League coming without two or more scored hits.
Aston Villa, that is, Emery, likes to play open and offensive-minded football, and their matches have brought the most goals in the entire Premiership so far. Not Brighton’s, not Man City’s, but Aston Villa’s games.
The Gunners used Man City’s slip against Tottenham to jump over the champs and take over the top position. It’s something that indeed boosted the unit’s morale but also brought pressure.
Mikel Arteta has some of his players back following injuries, and for the moment, it appears that the troublesome period is behind the team from the Emirates. Including the last weekend’s triumph, we’ve seen them put on a five-game winning streak.
During that stretch, Arsenal scored 14 goals while keeping three clean sheets. It appears that they are accelerating once again in terms of efficiency. There aren’t too many teams in the league with such an effective offense.
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Aston Villa and Arsenal Possible Lineup
Aston Villa: Martinez; Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Digne; Bailey, Kamara, Luiz, McGinn; Diaby, Watkins
Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Trossard
* at the time of writing these lineups were relevant
Aston Villa vs. Arsenal Head to Head Games
Arsenal was better than Villa both times during the 2022/23 campaign. The first meeting at the Etihad concluded 2-1, while the second one in Birmingham saw the Gunners’ 4-2 victory.
Aston Villa vs. Arsenal Predictions
This is a high-octane contest, as both units have incredibly gifted offenses with several extremely dangerous forwards. And not just that, both lineups are fast and mobile, so we often see defenders or midfielders netting. Three goals are a minimum at Villa Park this weekend, which will be our final suggestion.
Our verdict: Over 2.5 goals
Aston Villa versus Arsenal Odds
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