Arsenal faces one of their toughest tests of the season on Saturday as they face an Aston Villa side that has won 14 straight at Villa Park. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and live betting in the English top-flight league. Read our game preview to find out which are our best soccer bets for today.
Aston Villa Is Unbeatable
Villa’s latest victory over Manchester City, which saw them climb above the Citizens in the Premier League table, was their most impressive of Unai Emery’s reign so far, and they’ll undoubtedly back themselves to beat the Gunners this weekend.
The 22 shots from Aston Villa were the joint-most faced by a Pep Guardiola side in his 535 games within Europe’s big-five leagues. That’s just masterclass from Emery, whose plan and tactics will be well tested against Mikel Arteta’s resilient side.
Emery can call upon a fearsome like-for-like replacement in Moussa Diaby, a former transfer target of Arsenal’s, but Bertrand Traore, Emiliano Buendia and Tyrone Mings will not be available.
Alongside Diaby, Matty Cash was also overlooked for a place in the starting lineup versus Man City, and Emery should see no need to alter his defensive formula after keeping the champions at arm’s length in midweek.
Emery has done a quite remarkable job with a talented group of players, maximizing their talents and evolving the Villans into one of the most exciting sides in the league.
Arsenal Best Road Team in the League
The Gunners haven’t always been easy on the eye this term, but have been efficient and their clash with Luton on Tuesday was one of the most entertaining games of the season. The Gunners looked like they were heading for dropped points at Kenilworth Road before Declan Rice struck at the death to seal all three points.
Arsenal, on the strength of their previous impressive results, may try to set the tempo and make use of their attacking capabilities. They are now leading the standings but the festive period will be a tough one.
Arsenal learned in the week that they’ll be without Takehiro Tomiyasu for the foreseeable future due to a calf injury. The Japanese defender joins Fabio Vieira, Jurrien Timber, Thomas Partey, and Emile Smith Rowe on the sidelines.
Arteta is unlikely to make many changes from Tuesday’s victory at Luton Town, although Oleksandr Zinchenko will come in for Jakub Kiwior. Bukayo Saka scored twice and assisted three in his previous four appearances for the club so if you love you soccer player props you should back him here.
Aston Villa is rock-solid at home
In their last 5 games head-to-heads, Arsenal has won four matches while Aston Villa won only a single match. Currently, Aston Villa ranks fourth in the Premier League, while Arsenal hold the leading spot with the teams being separated by four points.
The win against Man City was Villa’s 14th consecutive win in front on their fans. Each of the eight wins prior to Wednesday’s clash against City saw them net at least twice, whilst each of the last six were accompanied by multi-goal margins.
Arsenal is the best road team in the league with five wins and just one defeat in seven away fixtures.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Match Information
- Match: Aston Villa (10-2-3) vs Arsenal (11-3-1)
- Location: Villa Park, Birmingham, England
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 9, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Aston Villa vs Arsenal Live Stream: Fubo.tv
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Soccer Betting Lines
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Betting Picks for December 9
The Gunners enter this clash as favorites being priced at +110 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at three.
The Gunners have now overcome their hosts in each of their last four contests as they endeavor to finally spoil the Villa Park party. Emery’s side ended a 10-game run without a clean sheet against the mediocre champions, but a sterner test surely awaits.
Both sit at the top four in the table and none of them are willing to give up their position. Arsenal may have an advantage because of their attacking ability but Aston Villa won all their home games this term.
The two sides played out a thriller in the corresponding fixture last term and we expect another entertaining game.
Soccer Pick: Over 2½ and Both Teams To Score – Yes (-110)
Questions of the Day
Will this match end with a draw?
None of the last 16 meetings between these sides ended level with Arsenal winning 12 and losing four in the process.
Will Ollie Watkins be the Man of the match?
Ollie Watkins has been a star player for Villa this season with 8 goals and 6 assists, which shows how dangerous he is for opponents. He makes a substantial contribution to Villa’s attacking tactics and is an essential component of Emery’s team.