Aston Villa v Arsenal betting preview – Easy three points for Gunners
Arsenal will be confident of three points at Villa Park on Sunday
December 10th, 2015
The Gunners couldn’t in reality have been too optimistic ahead of their Champions League trip to Olympiakos on Wednesday evening. It was a huge ask for them to salvage something from their less-than-impressive European campaign and they looked destined to exit the competition before the knockout stages.
They opened their campaign with two back-to-back defeats to Zagreb and Olympiakos and far from looking set to follow Bayern Munich into the last sixteen as predicted, they looked set to drop out of the running with games to spare.
Bring on a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich however and things were starting to look up. Could they manage a second win in their next match against Zagreb? Indeed they could and it was game on once again.
The biggest challenge came this week. A third successive win was needed and a comprehensive one at that. The Gunners delivered, scoring three without reply in Greece and sealing for themselves a place in the last sixteen.
Was Arsene Wenger smiling? Perhaps not, although he was nevertheless full of praise with the way his men had pulled off the great escape.
“It is a fantastic achievement for us,” the Gunners boss said to reporters following the final whistle. “When you look at who we’ve lost in the last three weeks, we’ve lost [Francis] Coquelin, [Santi] Cazorla and Alexis [Sanchez] among other long-term injuries, not many people gave us a chance. We are a real team. In the dressing room this team is very close and you could see that again today.”
Wenger described the victory as the greatest European result of his career and while this may be a slight exaggeration perhaps, there is no denying that the win was of the utmost importance to Arsenal, given that they haven’t been totally convincing of late.
Aston Villa are next in their sights, the Midlands side struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table with no wins since their opening day victory over Bournemouth. They head into this clash on the back of a winless run stretching back some fourteen games and while they will certainly return to winning ways at some point, it certainly won’t happen this weekend. The bookies all share our view of this with Paddy Power offering odds of 4/7 for an Arsenal win on Sunday afternoon.
These odds clearly aren’t all that attractive, but they are nevertheless backable with confidence. Either way, we’ll be recommending something slightly tastier and our first recommendation is backing Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 5/2 with Coral. The Gunners kept a clean sheet in Greece in their midweek Champions League game, although their less than secure defence will present the hosts with more than one opportunity to get themselves onto the scoresheet.
Our other choice of bet is on the anytime goalscorer market. Olivier Giroud was the hat-trick hero against Olympiakos on Wednesday and he represents excellent value at 11/10 with BetVictor to get his name on the scoresheet at Villa Park this weekend, given that he has banged in ten in his last twelve appearances.