Arsenal vs Aston Villa Match Preview: Team News and Predictions.

Aston Villa faces Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, following their recent 2-1 victory over LOSC Lille in the UEFA Europa Conference League quarter-final, where Ollie Watkins and John McGinn scored. Unai Emery’s side drew 3-3 with Brentford last weekend and has only lost once in their last six matches across all competitions.

Arsenal, after a midweek European draw against Bayern Munich, are also in good form, having lost only once in their last 14 matches. Mikel Arteta’s team has been particularly strong at home, with just one league defeat at the Emirates Stadium this season.

Key stats include Arsenal’s dominance in recent home games against Aston Villa, winning five of their last six encounters. However, Villa clinched a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture in December. Arsenal has won 10 of their last 11 league games, conceding only four goals, while Villa aims for their third Premier League double over Arsenal.

Arsenal has been formidable in 2024, earning 31 out of 33 points in their league matches. They have kept 14 clean sheets this season, the most in the league. Villa, on the other hand, has shown improvement, matching their total number of victories from last season and being just one point shy of their previous season’s total.

Bukayo Saka has been instrumental for Arsenal, involved in 11 goals in his last 11 league appearances. Leandro Trossard and Ollie Watkins are key players for Villa, with Watkins just one goal away from matching the club’s single-season record.

In their last meeting, Villa secured a 1-0 win over Arsenal at Villa Park, with John McGinn scoring the decisive goal. Douglas Luiz is suspended for Villa, while Arsenal’s Jurrien Timber is unavailable. Emi Buendia, Tyrone Mings, Boubacar Kamara, and Jacob Ramsey are sidelined for Villa.

Emery emphasized the difference in context between the December match and the upcoming one, with Arsenal now contending for the Premier League title and Villa aiming to maintain their fifth position in the league standings.


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