Arsenal ML @ 1.75
Two tough matches today in Premier League, the first one is between two of the best teams, Arsenal and Aston Villa, from the 3rd and 4th places. Last year, Aston Villa played against Arsenal on Villa Park on Boxing Day. now they play they day after, and the situation is somehow similar to the one from the last season, only that then, Villa was 4th, and Arsenal 5th.
Aston Villa’s objetctive, qualifying in Uefa Champions League, is clearly the only thing that matters for them this season. Villa has sacrificed the Europa League, being eliminated in the play-off by Rapid Wien, and focused hard on the internal competition. Villa comes to Emirates after 4 consecutive victories : 3-0 with Hull, 1-0 @ Man Utd, 2-0 @ Sunderland and 1-0 with Stoke. Impressive form for the Birmingham team, a real nightmare for top teams this year, as they won 3-1 on Anfield, 2-1 home with Chelsea, and, as mentioned before, 1-0 away, with Manchester united.
Arsenal is 3rd due to their matches against small and medium teams, as they’ve lost to Chelsea, Manchester united or Manchester City. However, Arsenal is not a sure victim in such matches, as they’ve won, for instance against liverpool, away, 2-1, and 3-0, with Tottenham at home. Aston Villa is a big name, but let’s not forget a very important part of the equation ; Arsenal has the big advantage of the home court in this match. Arsenal, at home,has an impressive line, of 7 victories, and 1 defeat (no draws), while Villa didn’t play fantastic on road : 4 victories, 3 draws and 2 defeats. I really think this advantage will be decesive for the Gunners and they will win.