Aston Villa v Arsenal Betting Preview
Aston Villa slumped into the relegation zone last weekend and with a two game losing streak heading to the Emirates on Saturday, things could look even more bleak for Paul Lambert’s side on Saturday. As for the Gunners, Arsene Wenger will be feeling a little more optimistic after securing something of a turnaround in form from his side. they are undefeated in their last two in the Premier League, have secured progress through to the last sixteen of the Champions League and have seen individual players pick up their own form. Can the struggling Villa get anything out of this on home turf?
Aston Villa v Arsenal Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Arsenal 8/11, Draw 3/1, Aston Villa 4/1
Aston Villa v Arsenal Recommended Bet:
The Villains, already not in form in the Premier League have a poor history against Arsenal just to make things worse ahead of this fixture. Aston Villa have not managed to pick up a win in their last thirteen Premier League home matches against Arsenal, drawing six and losing seven of them. So this isn’t a fixture which they will be welcoming too much right now. Paul Lambert has tried to steady the ship, has tried to tighten up the defence that looks ready to crack under pressure at any time, but he found all his work undone in a brutal back to back encounter against the two Manchester clubs. After running Manchester United close at Villa Park, throwing away a lead against the Red Devils, they were crushed at the Etihad against City, being the orchestrators of their own downfall there. It means that they have conceded eight goals in their last two matches now, and have managed just one win on home soil this season in the Premier League. Villa have won just one of their last eight league matches, and delving deeper into their home form, they have won just one of the last twelve at Villa Park in the Premier League. This has been their second worst tally ever after twelve matches in the English top flight, and really need Darren Bent to continue his run of form against Arsenal. Bent has netted six goals in his last eight league matches against the Gunners. But Villa struggle most of the time as a cohesive attacking unit, and again find themselves underdogs on home soil.
Arsenal, with a 3-3 draw against Fulham and a big 5-2 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane last weekend, may have just turned the corner. They picked up a solid win in the Champions League in the week and have been benefitting from the increasing influence of striker Olivier Giroud. Their defence still looks a bit vulnerable but it may not be troubled too badly against the limited attack that Villa can offer. Arsenal have lost their last two away matches in the Premier League, but before that they had lost just one of their previous twelve away matches. So Arsene Wenger does need a response from his men on the road and in the Gunners’ last seven matches, both side have scored. If Villa play like they did in the first half against Man United, they may trouble Arsenal. But the Villains have conceded a massive 17 goals in the second half of matches so Arsenal should get things done at the end of the day. They should have earned enough confidence over the last week or so to get a win out of this. An Arsenal -1 Asian Handicap may be worth a punt at a price of 6/5 at online bookmaker Paddy Power.
Aston Villa LDWWLL, Arsenal DLDDWW
Aston Villa have conceded 17 second half goals this season compared 5 in the first half
Villa are without a win in their last 13 Premier League home games against Arsenal
Seven of the last nine meetings have produced a goal after the 87th minute
Arsenal have lost just one of their last 12 away matches
Villa have won just two of the last eighteen Premier League home matches
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