Preview and Prediction
The Villan’s fate next season really depends on their maximum results plus one loss from their only contender above them, Watford. However, it does not look as easy as it seems. Jack Grealish and Co will have to face off one of the high profile team in Premier League which has just progressed to FA Cup final last weekend, Arsenal. Their campaign in EPL may have been over but they are currently in form and ready to continue their positive trend in the midweek while travelling to Villa Park.
The teams’ previous matches
Aston Villa was rather unlucky to go home with only one point at hand in the previous game while taking on Everton. They could only muster a 1-1 draw in Goodison Park despite taking the lead first by Konsa Ngoyo’s header taking advantage of Conor Hourihane’s set piece. The Toffees finally equalised on the 87th minute by Theo Walcott’s header.
Menwhile, The Gunners had a big win in FA Cup semifinal against Manchester City. They thumped the defending Champions 2-0 by Pierre Aubameyang’s brace. FA Cup is their only hope to get one ticket for European competition as they are recently stranded on 10th of the table.
Dean Smith might still deploy the same 4-3-3 formation with Jack Grealish as the key man upfront. Anwar El Ghazi might be given a spot in the starting IX alongside Trezeguet and the captain. They seem to be the only good option left on the attacking side as Wesley is ruled out along with Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels, Kortney Hause and Neil Taylor.
Mikel Arteta, on the other hand, is getting more and more confident with 3-4-3 formation. Yet, he might rest his best starting IX for the final on the following weekend as this fixture barely means anything. Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah are on the top list for the front three. Unfortunately, Matteo Guendozi, Mesut Ozil, Gabriel Martinelli, Callum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Bernd Leno stil have to sit out of this game due to their ongoing injuries.
Players to watch
In the past two games, the Irish midfielder Conor Hourihane has been the key man in the set pieces situation. He even provided the assists for their last three goals. His contribution is expected to endure in this vital game. Another figure to watch is the former Liverpool goalie, Pepe Reina.
Meanwhile, in this match, Bukayo Saka is one of the most promising youngsters Arteta can rely on in many years to come. He has scored one but already made five assists. Another notable youngster to watch is the wing back Ainsey Maitland-Niles.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Prediction
The pressure to win for home side might push them to strive to get points here. The Villans should take the advantage if The Gunners do not play their best line up. The game might be more even but both teams are likely to share points on the matchday 37.
The clear favourite for this game is absolutely the visitor, which is projected to win at 2.10 whereas Dean Smith’s men are in the win market at 3.25. The odd for the draw result is only 3.90.