Arsenal vs. Aston Villa Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 31, 2022 20:30 CET
Five games of the fifth round of the Premier League will be played on Wednesday, and in one of them, Arsenal will host Aston Villa at their Emirates Stadium. The start of the match is scheduled for 20:30.
Mikel Arteta’s team is the only one after four rounds with a maximum of 12 points and they welcome their next opponent with a lot of confidence. On the other hand, the Villans’ form is far from optimal, so the duel with the Gunners does not come at the best moment for them.
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This is Arsenal’s best start in a decade, maybe even longer. They defeated Crystal Palace 2-0, Leicester 4-2, Bournemouth 3-0, and Fulham 2-1, so they deserve to be at the top of the table.
Arsenal plays quite dominantly. They mostly control the pace and events on the pitch, play fast and attractively and create numerous scoring opportunities. They had 65 shots on goal in the first four games, so only Liverpool and Manchester City are better in this statistical category. But those two teams did not win the maximum number of points.
A potential problem for coach Mikel Arteta and his assistants is injuries to Oleksandr Zinchenko and Thomas Partey, who missed the match against Fulham. These two players are important parts of the team, especially Partey, whose influence is great both defensively and offensively.
Aston Villa’s form is diametrically opposed to Arsenal’s. Steven Gerrard’s men have played very badly. They recorded only one victory and three defeats, a result below all expectations.
The Villans have a very good roster and excellent individuals, but they failed as a team in the first four rounds. Phillipe Coutinho, who was projected as a key player, is not at the expected level and this can be highlighted as the main problem. It should be emphasized that Gerrard’s previous tactical rotations were bad decisions and that this coach has a problem determining who is currently among the 11 starters.
They have a very difficult challenge ahead of them because they are currently visiting the best team in the league. This can motivate them to come out of the crisis with a good edition and a positive result. Whether Gerrard will be able to motivate his boys remains to be seen.
Arsenal beat Aston Villa both times last season – 3-1 at home and 1-0 away.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Tierney, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Xhaka, Elneny; Martinelli, Odegaard, Saka; Jesus
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Martinez; Digne, Mings, Chambers, Cash; Kamara, Ramsey, McGinn; Buendia, Bailey, Watkins
We are of the opinion that Arsenal have a significant advantage over Aston Villa at the moment. The Gunners have played probably the best in the entire league and we believe that they will once again confirm that they are a legitimate candidate for a place in the Top 4 at the end of this season.
Prediction: Arsenal To Win And Total Goals Over 1.5 – Yes