Arsenal are fresh off of a come from behind 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night. Mikel Arteta’s team were rescued at the death by Alexandre Lacazette against the Eagles. Now, the Gunners host Aston Villa on Friday night at the Emirates. Arsenal are 12th in the league after eight matches. They are unbeaten in five straight games, but have looked vulnerable on that undefeated run.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa Match Preview

Aston Villa are 13th in the league after eight games. They sit just below the Gunners in the Premier League table and could move above them with a win on Friday night. Dean Smith’s team is on a two-match losing streak.

On matchday 8, the Villains were up 2-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers going into the 80th minute, yet they conceded three times in the final minutes of the game to lose 3-2.

Defence has been an issue for Aston Villa this season. They have conceded 12 times in eight games. The Villains’ xGA is 10.99 as teams are scoring going goals against the Midlands team. Aston Villa’s last win was at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the league. They played well to take maximum points at Old Trafford. Smith needs the side to replicate that performance to take points off of Arsenal on Friday night.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa Betting Odds

 

 

Arsenal took 11 points from the last 18 on offer in the Premier League. Despite going unbeaten in five of their last six games, the Gunners were outscored 8-7 by opponents during that six-game time span. Each of Arsenal’s last two matches against Brighton and Crystal Palace finished as draws.

 

Bookies’ best betting odds on an Arsenal win at full-time are at 23/25. While Arsenal are the favourites to win at full-time on Friday night, they have not defeated Aston Villa in the teams’ last three matches. Aston Villa are on a three-match winning streak against Arsenal.

Last season, Aston Villa went to the Emirates and won 3-0 against a hapless Arsenal. Each of the last three league matches between Arsenal and Aston Villa ended in a win to nil for the Villains.

Aston Villa took just seven points from the last 18 on offer in the league. They were outscored 9-8 by opponents and three of those nine goals came against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend. Bookies’ best betting odds on an Aston Villa win at full-time are at 16/5. Bookies’ best odds for a draw at full-time are at 11/4. However, all of the teams’ last 12 matches in all competitions finished with a winner.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa Team News

Arteta has two names on the Arsenal injury list going into Friday night. Granit Xhaka is a long-term absentee after suffering a knee injury. He is ruled out of action until December. Forward Bukayo Saka is a doubt for the fixture after enduring a calf/shin injury.

Arsenal go into Friday night’s game having scored seven goals They are below their xG of 9.11. Arteta’s team is below its xGA which is 13.94. The Gunners have conceded 12 times in eight matches. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads Arsenal with three goals this season.

Smith has five names on the Arsenal injury list going into the match on Friday night. Bertrand Traore is a doubt with a thigh injury. Matty Cash is also a doubt due to a thigh muscle strain. Keinan Davis is nearing a return from a knee injury, but is unlikely to be fully fit to play on Friday night.

Summer signing Leon Bailey is still suffering from the effects of a thigh injury. He could miss the game. Meanwhile, forward Trezeguet is still ruled out with a long-term knee issue.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa H2H

Last season, Aston Villa went to the Emirates and won 3-0 against a hapless Arsenal. Each of the last three league matches between Arsenal and Aston Villa ended in a win to nil for the Villains. Aston Villa were promoted to the Premier League in 2019 and have won three of their four league matches against Arsenal. Two of the four games between the clubs finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Interestingly, both of those games were played at the Emirates.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa Prediction

Arsenal to win either half @ 1/2 - BET NOW

 

 

Arsenal have a poor record against Aston Villa over the course of their last three games in the league. Although the Villains have posted three straight wins to nil, their form is poor with back-to-back losses. Aston Villa have lost either half in two straight games and our betting tips prediction is for the trend to continue as Arsenal win either half on Friday.

 

Late goal after 74:59 @ 5/6 - BET NOW

 

 

Arsenal scored a late winner against Crystal Palace on Monday night in the league. Aston Villa, on the other hand, conceded a late goal to lose to Wolverhampton Wanderers. In fact, all three of Wolves goals came after the 80-minute mark. Our betting tips prediction is for a late goal after 74:59 to be scored by either Arsenal or Aston Villa.

 

Over 2.5 goals @ 4/5 - BET NOW

 

 

Two of the last four games between Arsenal and Aston Villa finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Both match to end with over 2.5 goals were played at the Emirates. Five of Arsenal’s last seven games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals tallied. Six of Aston Villa’s 10 matches in all competitions this season ended with over 2.5 goals tallied. Our betting tips prediction is for Friday’s game to be the teams’ thirds straight meeting at the Emirates to finish with over 2.5 goals.

 

Arsenal are in far better form that Aston Villa going into Friday night’s game. However, their last two fixtures against Brighton and Crystal Palace finished as draws. Other than Arsenal’s recent result against Brighton, a nil-nil draw, they points have come off of teams down in the lower half of the table. They should get points off of Aston Villa with a win or draw and end their run of three straight losses to the Villains.