Aston Villa vs Arsenal sneak peek, team news, forecast, stats, kick-off time
Kortney Hause remains sidelined for Aston Villa; Arsenal will be without suspended duo Bernd Leno and David Luiz; follow the game with our live blog site on Sky Sports website and app; see totally free match highlights quickly after full-time on Sky Sports’ digital platforms and YouTube channel
Team news and stats ahead of Aston Villa vs Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday; kick-off 12.30 pm.
Kortney Hause remains sidelined for Aston Villa. The defender is unlikely to return before completion of the month after suffering a foot injury.
Wesley is continuing his healing from a long-term knee injury however the striker is not near a return following 13 months out.
Arsenal will lack suspended duo Bernd Leno and David Luiz after the set were sent out off in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves.
Goalkeeper Mat Ryan might make his debut by actioning in for Leno however has been having a hard time with a hip issue so Alex Runarsson will likewise be on standby.
There might be a return to the starting line-up for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but there are still physical fitness issues over Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos and Pablo Mari (all calf) as Martin Odegaard pushes for his complete debut.
Follow the game in our dedicated live match blog site. Emphasizes will also be released on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel quickly after the final whistle.
My faith in Aston Villa being a real top-six competitor is fluctuating. Villa have lost 4 of their last 6 Premier League games – as many as they had in their previous 18. Have groups worked out how to stop their clever interchanges through midfield? In their last two matches, Vacation home have actually just signed up 15 shots and conceded 39 on their goal.
Arsenal will not be managing them much space either in this one. According to anticipated goals yielded information, their season tally of 11.48 far from home ranks them as the fourth-best defence in the league. This is even more remarkable considering they’ve currently played Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United on the road this season.
This one looks set to be a low-scoring affair settled by a fine margin. I’m on the fence with the outcome.
An angle to attack at an attractive price is Ollie Watkins to have a header on target with Sky Bet at 4/1. Only Patrick Bamford (22 ), Aleksandar Mitrovic (19) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (18) have actually had more headers on objective than the in-form Watkins this season with five of those hitting the target. He managed to score a header in the reverse component, too.
Carragher provides his verdict on whether Liverpool can recover in the title race after their defeat to Brighton – and what they will need to do to beat Guy City in their must-win match at Anfield.
We also hear the most recent from both clubs, with Sky Sports News reporters Vinny O’Connor and Ben Ransom sharing the group news and discussing the selection issues ahead of the game.
And Sky Sports statistics star Matt Cheetham has the numbers behind the five crucial areas of the video game, so listen in and impress your mates with his statistics and realities! He likewise makes his Pitch for what will happen in the match – and reveals whether the information backs up the predictions made by a few of Sky Sports’ Twitter fans!