Arsenal will aim to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to six matches when they welcome Aston Villa to the Emirates Stadium on Friday night.
Arsenal started the new Premier League campaign in horrid fashion, losing each of their opening three games by an aggregate score of 9-0. However, The Gunners head into this weekend unbeaten in five league games, with a 3-1 win over arch-rivals Spurs being the crowning glory in a decent-looking run. Their last Premier League outing was a disappointing 2-2 draw to Patrick Viera’s Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace dominated proceedings at the Emirates and struck twice through Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener. However, Alexandre Lacazette was on hand to smash home the equalizer with virtually the last kick of the game. Granit Xhaka remains out with injury. Bukayo Saka is a major doubt after being taken off in the last game. Lacazette could start here after an impressive performance last time out.
Aston Villa has struggled with consistency this season winning just two of their last six premier league games. Dean Smith’s men have conceded more goals beyond the 75th minute this season than any other Premier League side. Their last Premier League outing was a disappoiting 3-2 loss to Wolves. Striker Danny Ings and John McGinn’s second half strikes seemed set to propel Aston Villa to a critical success but goals from Romain Saiss, Conor Coady and Ruben Neves all in the final ten minutes saw Wolves complete a remarkable turnaround at Villa Park and hand Dean Smith’s men their second successive defeat in the Premier League. Attacking duo Leon Bailey and Bertrand Traore are major doubts for Friday’s game. Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings are expected to continue in front.
Aston Villa has won each of their last three meetings with Arsenal with a comfortable 3-0 victory in their last victory at the Emirates. Arsenal have only won three of their eight Premier League games this season with draws in their last two games. Arsenal has been solid at home with just one loss in their last six Premier League games at the Emirates. We are backing a BTTS here.
PREDICTION: ARSENAL WIN 2-1
ACCUMULATOR TIP: BTTS