Friday, 18 March 2022

Aston Villa - Arsenal: prediction "over 2.5"

Aston Villa host Arsenal in the 30th round of the Premier League. Last week, the "Villan" lost their visit to London at West Ham with 2: 1, but still retain their place in the top half of the standings. In the first half, both teams felt the ground and did not take any risks. The second half turned out to be much more interesting and the game opened, especially after Yarmolenko's goal in the 70th minute. Aston Villa is ninth with 36 points, one more than Southampton, and one game less than the Saints.

Arsenal did their best during the week, but eventually lost to Liverpool 2-0. The Gunners were equal in much of the match against their far more experienced opponent, and Mikel Arteta should focus on the positives that can be gained. Martin Jodegard and Gabriel Martinelli had a good chance to sign, and if they had, Arsenal would have scored at least one point.

Overall, the loss does not change the situation in the standings and the battle for the Top 4. Arsenal still has an advantage due to its two games played less than its main pursuers, but the tension is certainly rising. United shortened the distance to the Gunners by just one point after beating Tottenham 3-2. With Arsenal still facing tough away games in London against Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham, Saturday's game at Villa Park could certainly be key in the standings for fourth place.

Unlike in previous years, Aston Villa did not make the most of its home advantage. During the season, the "Villas" played several disappointing matches in front of their fans, most notably the 1-0 defeat against Watford. In his last home game, however, Aston Villa broke 4-0 against Southampton and are obliged to continue at the same pace. As a guest, Arsenal are not as convincing in defense as they are at Emirates, and Aston Villa will definitely have their chances. Statistics show that the 2.5-goal line has been crossed by an average of 64% of Villa's home and away games against Arsenal this season.

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