Kick-off: 1230, 06/02/2021
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: BT Sport
Aston Villa and Arsenal both suffered midweek setbacks and each manager may settle for responding with a stalemate when they meet in the Midlands.
There is only one point between these sides in the Premier League table and we feel they are evenly matched, despite Villa having two games in hand.
Punters can get 13/5 for the scores to finish level and that is our first Aston Villa vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa started brightly versus West Ham, with Ollie Watkins hitting the outside of the post and Ross Barkley missing a good chance.
However, they conceded twice early on in the second half and, even though Watkins pulled a goal back, went on to lose 3-1.
Dean Smith said: “It was about three horrendous goals we gave away. We didn’t play well, the better team won and we weren’t our usual selves.
“We gave three awful goals away and you can’t do that at this level. We got ourselves back into the game with Ollie but they scored a poor third goal.
“We have set the standards and you want to keep that going. I’ll reflect and I tweaked the system and maybe it was the wrong decision. We didn’t have a zip about us.”
Villa have earned plenty of plaudits for their efforts this term, but four defeats in six games may force Smith to go back to basics.
If that does prove the case, 5/4 for under 2.5 goals in this match could be value from the Aston Villa vs Arsenal odds.
Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Barkley, El Ghazi, Watkins.
Kortney Hause remains sidelined and is unlikely to return before the end of the month after suffering a foot injury. Wesley is continuing his recovery from a long-term knee injury but the striker is not close to a return following 13 months out.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal looked set to continue a good run of results when Nicolas Pepe put them ahead at struggling Wolves, having earlier hit the woodwork twice and had a goal disallowed.
However, the game turned on its head when David Luiz was sent off for bringing down Willian Jose in the box just before half-time and Ruben Neves fired in the penalty.
Joao Moutinho’s superb long-range strike gave Wanderers the lead soon after the interval and Bernd Leno’s red card for handling outside his area ended any hopes of a fightback.
Hector Bellerin said: “I always say that teams are not beating us, we are losing against ourselves. It’s for us to learn.
“Hopefully, this will be the last time. We were on such a good run, great momentum, great confidence in the team.
“We just need to forget this step because situations like this are not going to happen very often. We’ll go on to the next one.”
Losing two influential figures to suspension is a blow, especially with Kieran Tierney still troubled by a calf injury.
Mikel Arteta’s men have generally been tight at the back of late, though, conceding just two goals from seven previous league games and picking up 17 points during that period.
Let’s add 9/2 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time to our Aston Villa vs Arsenal betting tips.
Last Arsenal line-up: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Soares, Luiz, Saka, Partey, Smith Rowe, Xhaka, Lacazette, Pepe.
Goalkeeper Mat Ryan could make his debut by stepping in for Leno but has been struggling with a hip problem, so Alex Runarrson will also be on standby.
ASTON VILLA 1-3 West Ham – Ollie Watkins
Wolves 2-1 ARSENAL – Nicolas Pepe
Head-to-head: Arsenal 0-3 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa, Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal
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