FOR ALL MATCH ODDS
The Premier League rolls on and both Arsenal and Aston Villa face each other at a crucial time in which both Unai Emery and Dean Smith are feeling the pinch early doors with the pressure mounting on both.
Arsenal are hoping to avoid a third straight 2-2 draw in the Premier League and that makes this bet worth making in its own right. Yes, a correct score bet with popular sportsbooks is always a tricky one to make, but considering Arsenal face a tough trip away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday and the Gunners’ suspect defending against Watford at the weekend, there is every reason why a fresh Aston Villa can net twice at the Emirates.
GAME TO END 2-2
Arsenal have only scored more than two goals in a single Premier League game once in their last 15 games. That statistic alone makes Arsenal to score under 2.5 goals in the game a great way to go with online betting sites but when you throw in the fact that Aston Villa have only conceded more than twice in more than 19 league games, this bet makes complete sense especially.
ARSENAL TO SCORE UNDER 2.5 GOALS
We are really looking to extract value from this game and although going in heavy on any results aside from a home win is not the wisest thing to do, backing away from a home win conservatively is a way to gain value from the possibility of yet another surprise result this season. After all, Aston Villa’s last win over the Gunners came at the Emirates in 2013 a couple of years before their relegation whilst Arsenal are without a win in their last three Premier League games.
DOUBLE CHANCE X2
Head to Head
If there is one game the Gunners can be confident about this season, then it is a home tie with the Villans. Arsenal have not lost to Villa since August 2013 and have won all six meetings between the two since. Included in that was the last time Villa visited the Emirates in the Premier League in May 2016 in which Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal ran riot in a 4-0 victory. Overall, Arsenal have won 82 times against the Villans with Aston Villa winning 66 and a total of 45 draws between the two.
Match to end in a draw
It may be brave going against an Arsenal win as the Gunners have claimed the last six wins between the two in all competitions, however, the Gunners proved they are more than a little suspect at the back after leaking two against Watford last weekend. Arsenal’s Europa League exploits will also play into Villa’s hands. Although the pairs recent record suggests a Villa win in unlikely, a point is not and is one of the best ways to go to garner value from what is already proving to be an unpredictable season so far.
Darren Williamson is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
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