Aston Villa’s fight against Premier League relegation will continue as they host Arsenal on Tuesday night (8:15pm) in their penultimate game of the season.
As things stand, Villa are 18th in the Premier League, three points behind Watford who currently occupy the final safety spot. Dean Smith‘s side also have a worse goal difference than their relegation rivals, needing a four-goal swing on top of the three point before the season is up.
Villa will take some solace in the fact that Watford face Manchester City in their next game, giving the Villans a potential chance to claw back some of the gap, but to do so they must overcome a tough task of their own.
Arsenal go into Tuesday’s game on the back of an excellent FA Cup semi-final win over Man City and may still harbour some hopes of a Europa League spot through their Premier League finish. The Gunners are five points behind north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur but can cut it down to two with a win at Villa Park, something they have become accustomed to, winning 12 of their last 17 trips to face Villa (drawing seven).
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Where to watch Aston Villa vs Arsenal on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League
- US: NBCSN
Aston Villa & Arsenal’s previous line-ups:
- Aston Villa (vs Everton): Reina; Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Hourihane, Luiz, McGinn; Trezeguet, Samatta, Grealish.
- Arsenal (vs Man City): Martinez; Mustafi, Tierney, Luiz; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Neither side has any fresh absentees but Arsenal may rotate slightly after their game on Saturday, with Bukayo Saka pushing for a recall.
Player to watch:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may have been the hero of the FA Cup semi-final at the weekend but with Arsenal back in Premier League action, it’s time for Alexandre Lacazette to shine.
The French forward has endured a frustrating season at the Emirates, still struggling to fully live up to the expectations that came with his move from Lyon in 2017. Before the start of July, Lacazette had managed seven league goals in 23 games, a poor record for a starting striker at one of the division’s biggest clubs – though he did have four assists to his name. But, since the turn of the month, Lacazette has been one of Arsenal’s best players and it has finally showed in front of goal.
In Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Wolves Lacazette had to make do with a substitute appearance, coming on for the final seven minutes of the match. However, seven minutes was all he needed to get on the scoresheet with his first away goal in the Premier League since February 2019 – a run of 16 games. He followed that up with a goal in Arsenal’s next away trip, albeit in the 2-1 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and bagged another at home against Liverpool.
On Tuesday Lacazette will be looking to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since February 2019, but also in three consecutive away league games for the first time since January 2017 – his final season at Lyon. And with Villa having the second-worst defence in the Premier League — only Norwich City have conceded more — there’s every chance of it happening.
Scoreline prediction: Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal
Premier League 2019/20 recent form:
- Aston Villa: LLLWD
- Arsenal: WWDLW