Aston Villa v Arsenal
Tuesday 21st July 2020
Villa Park Stadium
Aston Villa will know what they need from the final 2 matches before they kick off against Arsenal on Tuesday Evening. Nearest Rivals Watford kick off 2 hours earlier against Man City at Vicarage Road. It was a case of same old same old for Villa against Everton last time out, they were much the better team for long periods at Goodison Park but once again let a lead slip when Theo Walcott equalized in the 88th Minute. Villa have lost 21 points from winning positions this season, only West Ham have a worse record. With an inferior goal difference to Watford above them Villa know they must win at least one of the final 2 games against either Arsenal or West Ham.
Whilst other clubs have changed managers, Villa have stuck with Dean Smith but having backed him heavily in the summer transfer window they surely would have expected better results than Villa have achieved. Too many of the signings have just not come off and they have struggled to keep the goal out thus not giving them a chance to win matches. Villa have conceded 66 times in the league only already relegated Norwich have conceded more. Injuries continue to hamper Villa and they will again be without Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels, Wesley and Neil Taylor on Tuesday but better news is the return of Kortney Hause following a rib injury.
Villa have picked up 21 Points from fixtures at Villa Park this season with 6 wins, 3 draws and 9 defeats. They were impressive in beating Crystal Palace in the last home fixture and a similar performance will be needed if they are to get anything against in-form Arsenal. They lost the reverse fixture earlier in the season 3-2 and are a best price 9/4 Betfred to gain revenge and claim 3 points. Jack Grealish will be pivotal to Villa’s chances of survival, he has been the shining light in a poor season and has chipped in with 7 goals and 7 assists. Villa need a performance from him and he is a standout 3/1 to score anytime with Betfred.
Arsenal look a team transformed in recent weeks under Mikel Arteta picking up some impressive results culminating in the 2-0 victory over Man City on Saturday in the FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley. Arteta has evidently worked on being harder to beat and much harder to play against. At times on Saturday it looked like Man City had run out of ideas. David Luiz and Skhodran Mustafi have both had plenty of critics this season but the switch to a back 5 worked a treat and both players were superb in stopping City
All too often in recent seasons Arsenal have been viewed as a soft touch but the early signs are that Arteta is changing that mentality, they have lost just once in the last 8 (Tottenham 2-1) and had some impressive wins during that period including the 2-1 win over Liverpool and away wins at Wolves (0-2) and Sheffield Utd (1-2). With an FA Cup Final and Europa League matches to come Arteta may look to mix his team up for the trip to Villa but he will still be without Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari, Callum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli and Skhodran Mustafi joined the injured list as he injured his hamstring against Man City. Eddie Nketiah will return from a 3 match suspension at Villa Park.
Arsenal have only won 4 away games this season in the Premier League but they have only lost 6. They have been much harder to beat and they have quality in attacking positions and will fancy another away win at Villa Park having won the last 3 in Birmingham and the last 7 overall against Villa. They are best priced 23/20 with Ladbrokes to make it 8 wins in a row. Eddie Nketiah returns from suspension and with Aubamayang and Lacazette having played plenty of football recently the youngster maybe added straight back into the team. Before his red card he was playing really well and finding his scoring touch and is 15/8 to score anytime with Betfred
Last 6 – H2H
|20 Sep 2014||Aston Villa v Arsenal||0-3||Premier League|
|01 Feb 2015||Arsenal v Aston Villa||5-0||Premier League|
|30 May 2015||Arsenal v Aston Villa||4-0||FA Cup|
|13 Dec 2015||Aston Villa v Arsenal||0-2||Premier League|
|15 May 2016||Arsenal v Aston Villa||4-0||Premier League|
|22 Sep 2019||Arsenal v Aston Villa||3-2||Premier League|