Aston Villa v Arsenal: Entertainment expected at Villa Park

Aston Villa v Arsenal
Saturday 6, 12:30BT SportSmith irked by Villa’s no-show

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boss Dean Smith fumed at his side’s “Sunday League football” defending after watching the Villains go down 3-1 at home to West Ham on Wednesday night february. Three counter-attacking that is separate from Tomas Soucek and a double from Hammers debutant Jesse Lingard did most of the harm with

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striking just what became a mere consolation.The outcome had been the next City club’s first beat in four games at Villa Park, making Smith’s side ninth into the Premier League dining table. Plus the Villa supremo pulled no punches post-match, saying: “three goals that are horrendous gave away. We didn’t play well. The better team won on the night and we weren’t our usual selves nor did we play with our tempo. that is usual”*)Aston Villa had been slow, sluggish and seriously void of ideas he might need to freshen things up for the weekend’s encounter as they contested their third match within seven days, and Smith suggested. Anwar El Ghazi had come in for Bertrand Traore against West Ham, Villa’s only change to their XI that are starting their latest five Premier League outings. Arsenal undone by red cards at WolvesArsenal

had two players delivered down while they threw away a lead and destroyed to Wolves 2-1 on Tuesday evening. The Gunners, that has earlier strike the woodwork twice and had a goal disallowed, went ahead whenever Nicolas Pepe curled a finish home that is fine. But Arsenal were reduced to 10 men when

David Luiz was adjudged to have brought down Willian Jose.Wolves equalised with the penalty that is resulting first-half damage some time Joao Moutinho scored an additional with an excellent attack from 30 yards to place the hosts ahead immediately after the restart. But, Arsenal had been then reduced to nine males as goalkeeper

Bernd Leno managed the ball outside of their penalty area after racing out wanting to reject Adama Traore.Gunners employer Mikel Arteta criticised the referee’s choice to send Luiz off, a turning that is major in the contest. The capital club had been completely in command beforehand, arguably producing their best performance that is 45-minute of period.

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Gabriel and third-choice goalkeeper Runar Runarsson are expected to start out as opposed to the suspended set on Saturday, whilst club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may come back to the beginning XI after featuring from the workbench in midweek.Aston Villa took honours that are top each of their past two Premier League showdowns with Arsenal, earning an impressive 3-0 success at The Emirates when the duo crossed paths in November. The two triumphs ended a sequence that is six-game of Gunners’ league victories in this fixture with Arsenal going W10-D6-L1 at Villa Park this century.

Having been chalked up as third-favourites for relegation pre-season, Aston Villa2.707/4

are one of many Premier League’s shock packages. But, since starting four wins to their account on the spin, Villa have found consistency hard to find, posting W6-D2-L8 in their following 16 encounters – that includes an unedifying W2-D1-L4 return at Villa Park.Arsenal 2.767/4 have been the source of great consternation at times this term, although there have been small signs of progression since Christmas. Defeat to Wolves was the Gunners’ first in eight (W5-D2-L1) and Mikel Arteta’s men have started to look threatening in final-third once more, whilst continuing to work from a reasonable foundation that is solid

Matches between Aston Villa and Arsenal have actually usually been high-scoring affairs. There has been 38 objectives within the last few 11 conferences involving the two groups with 16 of these past 20 head-to-head encounters rewarding

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backers, and a repeat could once again be regarding the cards on Saturday.Aston Villa had been significantly fatigued on Wednesday evening and face a turnaround that is quick a rest disadvantage against the Gunners. A proportion that is weighty of Villains’ clean sheets are held from the bottom-third into the unit but it is well worth noting that Dean Smith’s part have discovered the rear of the web by themselves in every club three of 20 league tussles.Arsenal enter into this competition with selection issues in key positions that are defensive putting the club’s recent resurgence under threat. Nevertheless, the Gunners have scored in all bar two of their past 10 Premier League games, with four of their most recent five fixtures on the road paying out for Over 2.5 Goals supporters.I’m anticipating a watchable affair at Villa Park and am therefore happy to combine

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