Huge action will take place at Villa Park on Saturday, as two of the top three teams in the Premier League lock horns. Aston Villa enjoyed a memorable midweek win over Man City, and they will be looking for a second big scalp in five days when Arsenal come to town.
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It can’t be overlooked how good of job Unai Emery has done at Aston Villa. When the Spaniard arrived at the club, they were threatened with the possibility of relegation. However, they come into this weekend sitting in the Champions League spots, and within four points of the top of the table. Villa’s excellent run of form continued with a 14th straight home success on Wednesday evening, as they dominated the reigning champions to land a 1-0 win against Man City.
Arsenal will present another huge challenge for the Villa this weekend, and the Gunners will be looking to extend their advantage at the top of the standings. Mikel Arteta’s side produced a late comeback in their previous match, as Declan Rice scored deep into stoppage time to secure a 4-3 win for the Gunners at Luton. That success was Arsenal’s fourth straight win.
Villa’s home record will be a key trend to consider this weekend, as the Midlands side have won each of their last 14 at Villa Park. That record dates back to March, and they will be looking to set a new club record this weekend, having never previously won 15 straight matches in front of their home fans.
However, it should be noted that the Villa have a poor record against sides starting the day at the top of the standings. The Midlands club have gone eight without a win, and have suffered defeats in each of their last five. In fact, their most recent win against a table-topping club was a 1-0 success against Chelsea in March 2014.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Head to Head
The Gunners have a dominant record at Villa Park, as they have suffered just two defeats in their previous 21 visits to the ground. Villa also come into this match having lost each of their four against the Gunners. That run came after winning three on the bounce between July 2020 and February 2021.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Prediction
This will be another big test for Villa this weekend, but Arsenal’s record at Villa Park could be hard to overlook. Therefore, we will be siding with the Gunners landing a narrow success on the road.
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