Arsenal will be looking for a win when they host Aston Villa in their final game of this season’s English Premier League.
The Gunners are third in the standings with 68 points and Tottenham’s shock defeat against Southampton last weekend has given them another chance to take a shot at the runners-up spot. Spurs are 2 points above them and if they fail to win again, Arsenal could be finishing second in the league table. Arsene Wenger’s men are coming on the back of some good form after staying unbeaten in their last 9 Premier League matches. But they have only won in 4 of those, while drawn 5 and every Gunners fan will agree this could have better.
Aston Villa finally end their 11 match losing streak by holding Newcastle to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday. By doing so, they made sure Newcastle will follow them to the Championship next season. The Villans still remain without a win in their last 12 matches and there is nothing much to say about a team that had won just 3 games in the league all season.
Arsenal: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Cech – Monreal, Koscielny, Gabriel, Bellerin – Elneny, Ramsey – Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi – Welbeck.
Aston Villa: Predicted Line-up (3-5-2)
Bunn- Bacuna, Lescott, Clark – Hutton, Gueye, Sanchez, Westwood, Cissokho – Gestede, Ayew.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Head-to-Head
Arsenal are on a 5 match winning run against Aston Villa in all competitions. They have kept a clean sheets in the last 4 and shipped in a massive 12 goals.
Aston Villa’s last win against Arsenal came at the same stadium on the month of August of the 2013/14 Premier League season.
Arsenal had lost just matches out of the last 35 meetings with Aston Villa.
The Gunners won the last two matches at the Emirates by 4-0 and 5-0 score line respectively.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Prediction
Arsenal are desperate for a win and they do not want to finish below their North London rivals Tottenham. For that they should not only win this game, but the Spurs must drop points against an already relegated Newcastle United. However, the Gunners want to make sure they do the job clean at their end.
Aston Villa are without a win in the last 12 matches or just 3 wins from 37 matches in the Premier League this season. They were unarguably the better team in the 0-0 draw against Newcastle on Wednesday and are they up to crash Arsenal’s party? I don’t think so.
I expect Arsenal to win big on Saturday and end the season in style. I also back them to keep a clean sheet and my exact score prediction is Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa.