Arsenal (@1.4) vs Aston Villa (@7.5)

Our Prediction:

Arsenal will win

Arsenal – Aston Villa Match Prediction | 23-09-2019 11:30

They were stunned, with a 2:1 home loss to Bournemouth and have not recovered since. That was not a start they have wished for. Aston Villa will be fighting hard to avoid being relegated this season. They will be missing Chester and Kodjia in this game. Aston VIlla will try to surprise here and somehow avoid third defeat early in the season.

Arsenal is listed as a favorite here, as they should be. They have won against Eintracht Frankfurt 3:0 which is a perfect reminder for everyone of how good Arsenal can be. They only have 8 points from 5 games. Currently they are 7 points behind the league leaders, Liverpool. They are a strong team with many goal-scoring options and a solid tradition behind them. Besides that, their Premier League season didnt start well.

At all. The name Arsenal should strike fear into Villa fans worldwide. In the new modern era of football (marked at about 2015), Villa havent been able to question Arsenal. Youll have to recall Gabby Agbonlahor, Antonio Luna, Olof Mellberg and more to consider the last time Villa threatened Arsenal. Simply put, Aston Villa havent enjoyed a good match against the north Londoners in a long while.

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Well focus on goal kicks here. Arsenal have enjoyed using short goal kicks since the relaxing of the goal kick rule. Since goalkeepers can now play the ball within the box, Arsenal have allowed Bernd Leno and his defenders to liberally restart play with a short goal kick regardless of opposition intent. With Arsenal 2-0 up and facing a high press, Leno and his defenders restarted play with a short goal-kick.

They may have lost the Europa League Final last season, but theres no denying that Arsenal are a force to be reckoned with in the competition. They resumed their dominant ways with a 3-0 win away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, and now theyll be hoping to carry that form into the Premier League as they struggle to break out of a 3 match winless streak.

Arsenal cannot do this, and last weeks game is the highlight of that. Villas main goal will be taking advantage of an Arsenal side that tries to be defensive without having any interest at all in being defensive. Simply deploying a low-block doesnt make a team defensive, controlling a game well, does. Holding onto the ball, playing out from the back, avoiding errors - these are the hallmarks of a defensive team in 2019.

Aston Villa will be very wary of this, especially since they have conceded 4 goals in their 2 Premier League away days since their promotion. After 5 games they find themselves on 4 points, only outside the drop zone on goal difference. Overall, its been a pretty subdued start for The Villains, with their heavy summer investment yet to yield any real returns.

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The Hornets swarmed, the box was overloaded, Cleverley scored, and Watford ruined Emerys plan - which had worked up until this point. Arsenal could still play it short, and didnt have to pass it within the box under a press, but they passed it within the box, limited the passing range for the defender and succumbed to pressure.

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