Aston Villa v Arsenal odds, match preview free bets – Gunners face difficult ask in Midlands

The latest Aston Villa v Arsenal odds, free bets and match preview released this morning as Arsenal Wenger’s side face a difficult tie at Paul Lamberts Aston Villa (KO 15:00).

Arsenal will hope to bounce back from their abject performance against Borussia Dortmund when they resume league duties against Aston Villa.

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Arsene Wenger’s men opened up their Champions league campaign with a 2-0 reversal in Germany and after an uninspiring start to the season, one that includes three successive draws with Everton, Leicester and Manchester City the club sit 7th in the table.

Villa on the other hand have made an impressive start to the season, so much so that that manager Paul Lambert, under pressure for much of last season, is set to be offered a new contract. Defence has been key to their early season success with the club’s rise to second coming on the back of the concession of just one goal.

Wins over Stoke and Hull coupled with a draw with Newcastle raised optimism at Villa Park however the rest of the country took note last weekend when Lambert masterminded a 1-0 win over Liverpool.

Team News:

Villa continue to have doubts over Dutch international Ron Vlaar ahead of the game.

The defender is struggling with a calf injury and is set to miss out with Nathan Baker expected to continue at the back.

Christian Benteke is not in contention yet after resuming training. Arsenal meanwhile will hope to have Jack Wilshere fit after he twisted his ankle in the midweek loss to Dortmund.

Mesut Ozil’s place in the side could be under threat after a poor start to the season while Danny Welbeck will hope he can build on his promising start by grabbing a first goal for the Gunners.

Prediction:
Arsenal won this fixture 2-1 last season thanks to goals from Wilshere and Olivier Giroud atoning for their 3-1 defeat to the same opposition on the opening day of last season.

Overall the Gunners have a strong record against Villa, losing just two of the last 12 games.

Both those defeats have come at the Emirates with Wenger’s men unbeaten in 15 trips to the midlands.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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