Aston Villa v Arsenal betting
Aston Villa (Last 5 matches – LWLDL):
Aston Villa are surprisingly 10th in the Premier League, which is a bit of a surprise especially when considering how they have played this season. At the start of the season the club had a decent start, they looked strong and had plenty of young talent, then things started to slip, they secured a few lucky results but now luck is not on their side. Against Tottenham the other week was arguably one of the worst performances by a Premier League side this season, they couldn’t keep the ball, they couldn’t attack or defend, they were lucky not to get thrashed.
Against Liverpool over the week they started badly, 2 goals down very early on and it looked like it was going to be a disastrous match for the club, however things improved and they managed to keep hold of the ball, but really didn’t produce many chances, but did concede a lot of chances for Liverpool to pounce on, fortunately for Aston Villa, Liverpool were not on top form.
The manager finds himself under pressure, but it would appear that he doesn’t have the resources available as his squad included many aging players and many young inexperienced players. The fixture list is a tough one for the club over the Christmas period, but they need to rebuild and quick.
Arsenal (Last 5 matches – LWLWL):
In recent matches Arsenal has shown some form, they are still defiantly a contender for the title this season, especially if they secure a few transfers over the Christmas period. After all the struggled during the start of the seasons, the future is looking decent for the club, not many players are struggling with injuries and they have adapted their style of play, they are more willing to play in the air rather than their slick ground passing, they have a few strong players up front which enables them to play many styles of football.
Against Man City on the weekend they looked decent, better than what most people would of thought, not to forget Man City have arguably one of the most teams in the world, Arsenal did well to contain them throughout the game and still produce chance after chance up front. So the result against Man City wouldn’t discourage Arsenal, they played will full effort and on another day they could potentially have defeated Man City.
Although Arsenal have been showing some decent form over recent times, they still have a few things to work on, especially over this Christmas period with a heavy fixture list, they need to remained disciplined and perhaps protect Van Persie as he has had a heavy work load, there is a perception that he surely must get injured soon with the amount of football he has been playing. But the fixture list is rather kind to Arsenal for the next few weeks, so it should be a decent run for them.
Aston Villa v Arsenal
Last season: 27th Nov Aston Villa 2 – 4 Arsenal, 15th May Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa
Prediction: Aston Villa 1 – 3 Arsenal (16/1 with Ladbrokes)
These 2 clubs always produce a great match, and this match appears to have the build up of another cracker, both teams this season have been inconsistent and both teams are struggling to keep clean sheets, so surely with the attacking prowess of Arsenal they will be looking to secure a good victory in this match, but Aston Villa are capable of scoring goals, Heskey keeps the ball up well so it should be a decent match, a match with goals in for sure, but on paper it would appear Arsenal are naturally stronger then Aston Villa.
- 1-1 (6/1 with Skybet)
- Arsenal 2-0 (8/1 with Williamhill)
- Aston Villa 2-1 (14/1 with BET365)
- Arsenal 4-2 (50/1 with Skybet)
First Goal Scorer:
- Van Persie 3/1 with Ladbrokes
- Darren Bent 6/1 with Coral
- Theo Walcott 9/1 with Totesport
- Heskey 11/1 with Paddypower.
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