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Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

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            Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Preview & Prediction

            The Emirates hosts Arsenal and Aston Villa this Sunday in the Premier League. The Gunners look to take back the spot at the top of the table whereas Aston Villa aim to keep their fourth place spot and keep Tottenham at bay.

            Date: 14/04/2024

            Kick off time: 16:30

            Location: The Emirates

            The title race is heating up as the season heads to the close, with Arsenal needing a big three points to keep themselves in the conversation for the title, but Aston Villa are also desperate for the win to keep their hands on Champions League football.

            Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League table after 31 games. The Gunners have 22 wins, five draws and four losses, leaving them on 71 points, equal with Liverpool and a point above Man City.

            The Gunners have the best scoring record in the league, scoring 75 goals in 31 games, an average of 2.42 goals a game. Arsenal have been just as consistent in defence, conceding 24 goals and keeping 14 clean sheets, five more than Liverpool, City and Everton.

            Aston Villa sit just below Arsenal in fifth in the Premier League. In 32 games, Villa have 18 wins, six draws and eight losses which leaves them on 60 points, equal with Tottenham in the last Champions League spot.

            Villa have also been in good scoring form this season. In 32 games, Villa have scored 66 games which gives them an average of 2.06 goals a game. At the other end of the pitch, Villa have conceded 49 goals and have kept seven clean sheets.

            Arsenal vs Aston Villa is an historic fixture with 202 meetings so far, with the first meeting coming back in 1904. The Gunners have the better record in the fixture with 87 wins in comparison to Aston Villa’s 70 wins, with a draw far less common, happening on 45 occasions.

            Before their 1 - 0 win earlier in the season, Aston Villa had lost the last four games to Arsenal. However, the last five games in the fixture have also seen three of these games with both teams on the scoresheet.

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            Mikel Arteta is only without Jurrien Timber as he recovers from his long-term knee injury as Bukayo Saka can return from his thigh injury.

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            Unai Emery, on the other hand, has a long list of injuries to manage. Boubacar Kamara, Emiliano Buendia, Tyrone Mings, Jacob Ramsey and Matty Cash are all unavailable this weekend. However, Ollie Watkins, John McGinn, Nicolo Zaniolo and Emiliano Martinez can all return this weekend.

            Recent Form

            In their last six games in all competitions, Arsenal have four wins and two draws.

            The Gunners hosted Brentford in a London Derby, where Declan Rice gave Arsenal an early lead but Yoane Wissa equalised for The Bees in the fourth minute of first half added time. Arsenal had 72% of the possession, and Kai Havertz popped up with a goal in the 86th minute to give Arsenal the 2 - 1 win.

            The second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 saw Arsenal take on Porto. After a 1 - 0 loss in the first leg, Leandro Trossard’s first half goal gave Arsenal the 1 - 0 win on the night but only sent the tie to penalties. Misses from Galeno and Wendell gave Arsenal the 4 - 2 win and the spot in the next round.

            Back in the Premier League, Arsenal faced Manchester City in a big top of the table clash. However, Arsenal could only manage two shots on target and City could only manage one as both sides settled for a 0 - 0 draw.

            The visit from Luton Town saw a goal from Martin Odegaard and an own goal from Daiki Hashioka gave Arsenal the 2 - 0 win, with Luton only having one shot on target in 90 minutes.

            Arsenal made the trip to the coast to take on Brighton. A penalty from Saka and goals from Havertz and Trossard gave Arsenal the big 3 - 0 win.

            The Gunners drew 2-2 with Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League Quarter Final as Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard scored goals on either side of strikes from Serge Gnabry and Harry Kane.

            In their last six games in all competitions, Aston Villa have three wins, two draws and one loss.

            In the second leg of the Europa Conference League Round of 16, Aston Villa hosted Ajax. Watkins, Leon Bailey, Jhon Duran and Moussa Diaby all scored in the 4 - 0 win for Villa over a ten-man Ajax, who had Sivert Mannsverk sent off in the second half.

            Back in the Premier League, Aston Villa made a trip to East London to take on West Ham. Michail Antonio gave The Hammers the lead before halftime but Zaniolo equalised in the 79th minute. Tomas Soucek did score late on for West Ham, but the goal was ruled out and Villa grabbed a point.

            Villa were back to winning ways against rivals Wolves. Diaby opened the scoring in the first half and Ezri Konsa secured the 2 - 0 win in the second half, restricting Wolves to just three shots on target.

            The midweek trip to the Etihad saw Villa only register three shots on target and just 33% of the possession. Rodri opened the scoring in the 11th minute but Duran equalised before the 20 minute mark. However, a hat-trick from Phil Foden wrapped up a 4 - 1 win for City.

            The visit from Brentford was a six goal thriller. Watkins gave Villa the lead at halftime and Morgan Rogers doubled the lead in the first minute of the second half. Mathias Jorgensen, Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa all scored in a nine minute period to give Brentford the 3 - 2 lead. However, another goal from Watkins late on grabbed a 3 - 3 draw for Villa.

            Aston Villa managed to beat Lille 2-1 at Villa Park in the first leg of the Europa Conference League Quarter-Finals as Ollie Watkins and John McGinn scored goals on either side of half time before Bafode Diakite halved the deficit in the 84th-minute.

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            Where to watch

            Arsenal vs Aston Villa will be broadcasted on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League in the U.K. but the game can also be followed via radio on BBC Five Live and TalkSport.