Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

The Lions host The Gunners in an exciting weekend clash at Villa Park for Premier League top spot!

The upcoming match on the weekend between Aston Villa and Arsenal looks to be an exciting one. Despite setback in the last game, Aston Villa could use home advantage to press Arsenal’s attacks. Arsenal, on the strength of their previous impressive results, may try to set the tempo and make use of their attacking capabilities. Both the teams have great record in their last five games, with Arsenal performing exceptionally well. Emery’s plan and tactics will be well tested against Arteta’s resilient side.

Kick-off

Saturday, 9th December 2023, 11:00 PM IST ; 5:30 PM GMT

Location: Villa Park

Form

Aston Villa (in all competitions): W-W-W-W-D

Arsenal (in all competitions): W-W-W-W-W

Players to watch for

Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

Ollie Watkins has already scored 8 goals and given 6 assists this term

Ollie Watkins is a well-known for his composure and capacity to generate scoring opportunities. He has been prolific this season for The Lions. Watkins has already scored 8 goals and given 6 assists, which shows how dangerous he is for opponents. He makes a substantial contribution to Villa’s attacking tactics and is an essential component of Emery’s team.

Kai Havertz – Arsenal

Kai Havertz has been outstanding for Arsenal in past few matches. He is very technical and has great vision. Also, his attacking versatility on the pitch is appreciable. Havertz is a vital component of Arteta’s tactics due to his ability to dominate the midfield and create opportunities side by side.

Match facts

  • In their last 5 games head to head, Arsenal have won four matches while Aston Villa won only a single match.
  • Currently, Aston Villa rank 4th in the Premier League, while Arsenal hold 1st position.
  • Ollie Watkins has been a star player for Villa this season with 8 goals and 6 assists this season already.

Injury and team news

Aston Villa have been beset by repeated injury setbacks, most notably the knee injury that will keep Buendia out of action. Alongside him, questions surround Traoré and Mings’ unavailability as well. On the Arsenal front, knee problems are affecting Tomiyasu, Partey, Smith Rowe and Timber. The lack of specific comeback dates adds to the uncertainty around their preparedness, creating difficulties for both clubs in terms of lineup versatility and tactical alternatives for upcoming games.

Head-to-head

Matches: 52

Aston Villa: 8

Arsenal: 31

Draws: 13

Predicted lineup for Aston Villa vs Arsenal

Aston Villa Predicted lineup (4-4-2)

Martinez; Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Digne; Bailey, Tielemans, Luiz, McGinn; Diaby, Watkins

Arsenal Predicted lineup (4-3-3)

Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Jorginho, Rice, Odegaard; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli

Match prediction for Aston Villa vs Arsenal

Although predicting the result of any Premier League game can be difficult, Arsenal may have a minor advantage over Aston Villa given their recent performance and team quality. Both sit at the top four in the table and none of them are willing to give up their position. Arsenal may have an advantage because of their attacking ability led by Havertz, Saka, Jesus and Martinelli. But Aston Villa, at home, could use their perseverance to pose a threat to Arsenal. One can anticipate a fierce struggle, although Arsenal’s recent success could lead to a close victory.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1 – 2 Arsenal

Telecast 

India – Star Sports, Disney+ Hotstar

UK – Sky Sports, TNT Sports

US –  NBC, USA Network

Nigeria – DSTV, GoTV

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