Aston Villa vs. Arsenal
March 19, 2022 8:30 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -112, Under 2.5 -112
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Aston Villa is hosting Arsenal at Villa Park in round 30 of the English Premier League. Aston Villa is still in a good form despite the loss last week, but they need to bounce back in this game. Arsenal was on a nice roll before Liverpool, but they lost in that game without scoring a goal, and that could be a problem for them.
Aston Villa has 3 wins in their last 4 games, and they have scored at least 1 goal in each of those games, but they couldn’t beat West Ham last weekend. With 36 points, Aston Villa is now in 9th place, which is far away from the relegation zone, but also far away from Europe. Defensively, Aston Villa is struggling, they have conceded 39 goals, but their offense has been doing well, and they have the potential to do even more. Watkins is thill the leading goalscorer for Villa with 7 goals, while Ramsey has added 6 goals. Ings has 5 goals and 5 assists. Ever since Gerrard took over this team, the improvement is obvious, but they need to fill some holes on the defensive end, and they will do that in the summer transfer window.
Arsenal was on a 5-game winning streak, they have had a couple of clean sheets during that streak, but they have lost to Liverpool 0-2 at home last weekend. Arsenal has had some good chances in that game, but only 2 shots on target, and that is simply not enough to beat a team like Liverpool. Thanks to that amazing run, Arsenal has gotten to the top 4 in the EPL, and they are now in 4th place with 41 points, but United, West Ham, and Tottenham are still only 2 points away. Tomiyasu is still the only injured player for Arsenal at this time. Smith-Rowe is the leading goalscorer for Arsenal with 9 goals. I think Arsenal is a good team, they could beat anyone, but I somehow have a feeling they are too cautious most of the time, and they don’t have that much faith in their abilities. There is still a lot of games left to be played this season, and Arsenal could easily get pushed outside the top 4 once again, but they could also stay where they are if they go on another winning streak.
The trends are heavily on Arsenal’s side in this matchup, but Villa is a good team at home, and they are in good form. After their loss last week, I think Arsenal might be a bit messed up mentally, and that is where is see the opportunity for Aston Villa.