Arsenal will look to extend their Premier League unbeaten streak to six games when they hosts Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night. While Villa were stunned by a late Wolverhampton Wanderers comeback in the West Midlands derby, Arsenal came from behind to earn a point against Crystal Palace on Monday night. Here is our expert guess on Arsenal vs Aston Villa football prediction for the Premier League match of the season.
For the visit of Aston Villa, Arsenal’s sole confirmed absentee is Granit Xhaka.
Bukayo Saka will miss Friday’s match after he was forced off against Crystal Palace due to a harsh challenge.
Nuno Tavares is on standby for the home team. Kieran Tierney will also be evaluated after leaving Monday’s game with an issue.
Saka’s recovery from injury is uncertain and Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette are on standby to take his place.
If Arteta feels he needs a more defensive-minded midfielder to pair with Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga is an option, though both made mistakes that led to goals against Palace.
Underscoring Dean Smith’s importance Emi Martinez and Douglas Luiz were both cleared to play less than 24 hours after arriving in the UK from South America.
Morgan Sanson will aim to return to Premier League action soon as he was fit enough to sit on the bench.
Dean Smith has cleared Leon Bailey to play, although he will most likely just play on Friday night. For the away side, Matty Cash has recovered from a dead leg.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa Prediction
The home supporters will want the Gunners to go one better this time around after witnessing after back-to-back draws and Arsenal may consider themselves fortunate to have rescued a late point against Palace last time out.
If Villa had to beat Wolves they would have been in good shape but their season has been marred by personnel issues, with key forward recruits failing to line up together.
Dean Smith’s side have won the last three encounters between the two clubs without conceding a goal, indicating that they know how to beat Arsenal, but the Gunners could be in for another draw.
Over 2.5 goals have been scored in 11 of Arsenal’s past 11 home games against Aston Villa in all competitions.
Over 2.5 goals have been scored in seven of Aston Villa’s previous eight away games (Premier League).
In all competitions, Aston Villa has preserved a clean sheet in their last three matches against Arsenal.
In their last three matches against Arsenal in all competitions, Aston Villa has won both halftime and fulltime.
In all competitions, Aston Villa has won their last three encounters against Arsenal.
Arsenal is unbeaten in their last five games (Premier League).
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Partey, Smith Rowe; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Aston Villa possible starting lineup: Martinez; Konsa, Mings, Hause; Cash, Luiz, Sanson, McGinn, Targett; Watkins, Ings
Our Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa
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