On Saturday, we can expect a plethora of very interesting matches across Europe, and this time we have analyzed the duel at Villa Park where Aston Villa and Arsenal will measure their strengths. The start of the match between these two teams is scheduled for 6:30 PM.
Aston Villa: Dazzling performances at the start of the season, especially at home!
The resurgence of Aston Villa began with the arrival of Unai Emery as the coach of the team. From a team that was struggling for survival before his arrival, this top-notch expert managed to create a team in a very short time that can beat absolutely anyone. At the end of last season, the team from Birmingham was in seventh place in the table, and all this brought the club a place in the Conference League.
Of course, the priority this time is something more, since the Aston Villa players in the second part of last season showed that they can be seriously counted on, even when it comes to competing for a place in the Champions League. That this was not an ambitious forecast was best seen at the beginning of this season, when the team from Villa Park played several top-notch matches, and the current situation is such that Unai Emery’s charges are in a phenomenal third place in the table, with only four points less than the first-placed Arsenal, who are also their guests in this round.
In the last round, Aston Villa played another fantastic match at their stadium and defeated the current European and English champions, Manchester City, with the encounter at Villa Park ending 1:0. Speaking of Villa Park, it should be noted that this team is the best host in the Premier League, as the currently third-placed team has achieved as many victories in seven matches played, some of which were more than convincing.
If only the Birmingham club had played a little better away, we could now be talking about a sensational first place in the table, but the impression is that things are more than good as they are. In the last five league matches, Emiliano Martinez and his teammates have achieved four victories with only one draw, which was in an away match at Bournemouth, ending 2:2.
Of course, the former seven-time English champion is also competing in the Conference League this season, and with one round to go, the English representative is in first place in the table with three points more than Legia, which means we will see Aston Villa in the round of 16 of the third highest quality European club competition, and at first glance, it seems that this team might even be the first favorite to win the CL.
Unai Emery, who is the center of attention of the English public after the phenomenal performances of his protégés in this year’s edition of the Premier League, will not be able to count on Buendia, Mings, and Traore for this duel against the table leader.
Arsenal: The Gunners maintain the top spot in the table!
Last season, Arsenal at one point had even a double-digit point lead over their closest rivals, but the team still failed to win the English Premier League title. What is most important is that the primary goal was achieved, which is, of course, qualification for the Champions League, so we have the opportunity to see the Gunners in the highest quality European club competition after a six-year absence.
Once again, Mikel Arteta’s charges have opened this season in a very good way, and to make things even better, after fifteen rounds, Arsenal is at the top of the table with a two-point lead over second-placed Liverpool, and four points more than Aston Villa, where the team from London is visiting this round, and it will certainly be a very tough test for the former English champions.
In the last five league matches, the Gunners have achieved four victories with only one defeat, and that was in one of the toughest away games in the league at Newcastle, ending 1:0. In the last round, Mikel Arteta’s squad played an unreal match at Luton, where we saw seven goals, and the victory for the visitors was brought by Declan Rice after a goal in the seventh minute of injury time, showing once again that the Gunners possess a winning mentality and are one of the main favorites for the Premier League title.
Before that, the league leader was better at home against Wolverhampton in a match that ended 2:1, with the note that the home team achieved the victory much more easily than the score suggests. In away games, the team from London has played seven matches so far, achieving five victories, one draw, and one defeat, making the Gunners currently the best away team in the Premier League.
This season, Arsenal also represents England in the Champions League, and it should be noted that the English representative, with one round to go, has already secured a place in the round of 16, as this team is at the top of the table with four points more than second-placed PSV, which further means that the Gunners have also secured the first place. In the last round of the elite competition, Mikel Arteta’s charges demolished French Lens at home, with the match ending 6:0, noting that the team from Emirates could have won even more convincingly, but Arsenal players “pulled the handbrake” in the second half of the game.
Finally, for this visit to the most pleasant surprise of the season so far, Mikel Arteta will not be able to count on Partey, Timber, Vieira, and Smith Rowe, while Tomiyasu is doubtful.
Our Betting Suggestions
It seems likely that we are in for a phenomenal encounter. Aston Villa has as many victories as matches played on their home ground, seven in total, while Arsenal is the team that has shown the most of all teams in the Premier League so far. It’s very probable that both teams will manage to score at least one goal each, so the primary prediction for this encounter at Villa Park is a Both Teams to Score (gg) bet with odds of 1.58 at Mozzartbet.
In a relatively short time, Unai Emery has managed to turn Aston Villa into a team that can beat absolutely anyone in the world’s top league, and we certainly believe that the host will not suffer a defeat here, so we advise a double chance bet of 1X with odds of 1.70 at Mozzartbet.
Finally, Aston Villa has scored a total of 24 goals in seven matches played at their stadium, which is an average of 3.5 per match. Therefore, it’s quite possible that the Birmingham club will manage to score two or more goals (t1 over 1.5) in this duel against a far from naïve opponent, and all this is paid by Mozzartbet with odds of 2.60.