Arsenal vs Aston Villa
English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Kick-off at 19:15 UK/ 20:15 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are back in London at the Emirates Stadium where they attempt to build on last weekend’s dramatic win over Manchester United by collecting all three points against Aston Villa. Confidence is high in the home dressing room, but they’d be foolish to take Villa lightly with the visitors two places higher in the table with a game in hand
The Gunners entered game week placed ninth in the Premier League with stats of four wins against three defeats, scoring nine goals but conceding seven. The locals have a dozen points on the board following a less than convincing start to the campaign but it’s still far too early in the season to panic with Southampton and the top four just a point better off. Arsenal are four points behind leaders Liverpool at this stage. The Gunners suffered back-to-back defeats but scored an unexpected win over Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend. Star attacker Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game when netting the winner on 69 minutes from the penalty spot, a result that boosted confidence while piling pressure on their opponents.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The latest encounter took place just three months back, and then the Lions recorded a 1-0 win.
- However, they had lost the seven preceding encounters on the trot.
- 13 of the former 16 clashes had three or more goals.
- The hosts had recorded 17 of former 20 wins at this venue.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Prediction
Arsenal come into this game with great confidence off the back of their first win at Old Trafford since 2006. In contrast to this, Villa have lost their second game of the season in back-to-back losses and they have shown signs of fragility in defence especially. Their fairy tale start to the season is starting to come to an end, and Arsenal will look to take advantage of this drop in form come Sunday. Goals are on the cards once again and the hosts have to be favoured in a match which could easily see goals at both ends of the pitch.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Team News
Jack Grealish has returned to training with the first team, and he is in contention for Villa after a two-match absence as punishment for his off-the-pitch behaviour.
Leandro Bacuna and Rudy Gestede are both fit for the tie, but captain Micah Richards remains doubtful with a knee injury. Ciara Clark is also available following a suspension.
Arsenal have no fresh injury worries but the Gunners are still missing the services of several key players.
Rosicky, Welbeck, Wilshere, Coquelin, Sanchez, Cazorla – all absent through injuries. As a result, Wenger is likely to name an unchanged team that won against Olympiakos.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Possible Starting Lineups
Possible Aston Villa Starting XI: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Lescott, Bacuna, Veretout, Sanchez, Gueye, Agbonlahor, Ayew, Sinclair
Possible Arsenal Starting XI: Cech, Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Bellerin, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud