Kick-off: 2015, 21/07/2020
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
Arsenal will travel to Aston Villa on a high following wins over Liverpool in the Premier League and Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final.
However, their next opponents are fighting for survival and should also be in good spirits after picking up four points from their last two games.
We think this has all the makings of a tight tussle and 6/5 for under 2.5 goals is our opening Aston Villa vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa gave themselves a lifeline when beating Crystal Palace 2-0 on home turf and went close to following up in a 1-1 draw at Everton.
Ezri Konsa put Dean Smith’s side ahead on 72 minutes but they were made to pay for Anwar El Ghazi then missing a sitter before Theo Walcott’s late leveller.
“We had a good win against Palace and followed it up with a good performance at Everton, where we should have won the game,” Smith said.
“They have to maintain the performance levels, work hard for each other and if you do that, you get the rewards.
“You’ll always have people that want to put you down at times, so the job is to prove people wrong.
“We believe that we have enough in the dressing room – and we have to prove that.”
Recent evidence suggests this will be a cagey affair early on, as Villa have kept a first-half clean sheet in four of their last five home games.
The Gunners have only been leading at the break in one of their past seven matches against the current bottom six, so 13/10 for a draw at the interval appeals from the Aston Villa vs Arsenal odds.
Last Villa line-up: Reina, Konsa, Targett, Elmohamady, Mings, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Hourihane, Trezeguet, Samatta.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal are clearly going the right way under Mikel Arteta and answered question marks over their resolve with a superb league and cup double delight.
Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson were on target in a 2-1 win over Liverpool and then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace did the damage versus City.
The Gunners had to soak up tons of pressure in each of those matches, but held firm at the back for memorable victories.
“It’s a good feeling in the squad now, it’s positive and that’s all you can ask for,” defender Kieran Tierney told Arsenal Digital.
“We’ve been working on that since the first day Mikel came in and we’re getting closer to where we want to be.
“We take confidence, we take belief and we’ll keep building on it.”
However, we just fear those performances may have left the visitors mentally and physically drained.
That makes 9/4 for a home win tempting enough to feature in our Aston Villa vs Arsenal betting tips, plus 7/1 for Draw HT/Villa FT.
Last Arsenal line-up: Martinez, Bellerin, Tierney, Mustafi, Luiz, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Pepe.
Everton 1-1 ASTON VILLA – Ezri Konsa
ARSENAL 2-0 Man City – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2)
Head-to-head: Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa, Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal
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