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Two teams looking to bounce back from midweek defeats meet at Villa Park on Saturday lunchtime when Aston Villa entertain Arsenal.

The Villans suffered a disappointing 3-1 home defeat by West Ham United on Wednesday, 24 hours after the Gunners lost 2-1 at Wolves in a match where they were reduced to nine men.

With European qualification still the aim for both teams, Saturday’s encounter is a crucial one and it promises to be an exciting affair.

Aston Villa vs Arsenal betting tips

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Villans to complete rare double

Villa won the reverse fixture 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium in November and although Arsenal have picked up since that defeat, there is every chance Dean Smith’s men can record a league double over the Gunners for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign.

Having escaped relegation on the final day of last season, Villa have been transformed this term, playing a style of attacking football unrecognisable from 12 months ago. The games in hand they have on teams around them mean they are firmly in the hunt for a Europa League finish.

Villa’s form has been inconsistent of late but they have still managed to impress in defeat and they should be able to beat an Arsenal side who have shown cracks in recent matches.

The Gunners were held to a 0-0 stalemate against Manchester United before going down 2-1 against Wolves, who made the most of Mikel Arteta’s side ending the game with nine men.

Arsenal still provide a threat coming forward with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka, and they look more than capable of finding the back of the net at Villa Park.

Villa have also impressed in the final third, having notched 35 times in the league, but just two clean sheets from their last eight across all competitions show they can be got at.

The Gunners will be without goalkeeper Bernd Leno and defender David Luiz, who were both sent off against Wolves, and that could help Villa’s cause.

An exciting contest is expected in the West Midlands and backing Villa to win and both teams to score looks like the betting route to go down.

Tip: Aston Villa win and BTTS @ 7/2 with bet365

Villains meet Villans

Arsenal and Wolves kept referee Craig Pawson busy on Tuesday, the Gunners having Leno and Luiz sent off, and Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey booked, and Wolves picking up three yellow cards.

Villa and Arsenal have been shown a combined 62 yellow cards this season, while the Gunners are leading the way in red cards with five, three more than the Villans.

None were shown in Villa’s 3-0 win at the Emirates this season, but that probably reflects how tame Arsenal’s performance was. In contrast, last season’s two meetings produced 13 yellow cards and one red, of which Villa’s contribution was just three yellows.

Chris Kavanagh, who took charge of this fixture last season, when Villa won 1-0, is the referee again and he could have plenty to do.

Tip: Over 3.5 cards in the match @ 11/10 with bet365

Englishman to continue fine season

Villa’s summer signing of Ollie Watkins from Brentford already looks to be a masterstroke and he heads into the clash in impressive form, having netted three times in his last four outings.

The 25-year-old is the club’s leading scorer in the Premier League with nine, three more than Jack Grealish, and he will be relishing the visit of Arsenal.

Watkins scored twice in the victory at the Emirates back in November and, at 7/5 in the any-time scorer market, he looks good value to reach double figures for the season in the top flight.

Tip: Ollie Watkins any-time scorer @ 7/5 with bet365

Aston Villa vs Arsenal odds

Arsenal are 13/8 to claim victory at Aston Villa, with the hosts 8/5 to get the three points. A draw is priced at 5/2.

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.



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