Premier League - Aston Villa looks ahead to 15th consecutive home win over Arsenal and it will be difficult to pursue 3 points

2023-12-09 15:02

Premier League - Aston Villa looks ahead to 15th consecutive home win over Arsenal and it will be difficult to pursue 3 points


The 16th round of the 2023/24 Premier League season will be a focus battle. The "Gunner" Arsenal will go to Villa Park to challenge Aston Villa, who is pursuing consecutive wins, and Arteta's team can only win everything. 3 points are needed to consolidate the first place in the standings.


After goals contributed by Martinelli, Jesus, Havertz and Rice, Arsenal defeated newly promoted Luton 4-3 in the last round of the league and continued to rank in the standings with a 4-game winning streak. First place, but only 2 points ahead of second-placed Liverpool. In order to consolidate the first place position, Arsenal only has the option of taking all 3 points in this campaign.


In addition, in the last round of the league, Aston Villa finally defeated the defending champion Manchester City 1-0 at home after Leon Bailey scored a goal in the second half, successfully achieving a 14th consecutive home victory and winning 1-0 at home. Ranked third in the standings with 32 points, directly qualified for the Champions League, and 4 points ahead of first place Arsenal.


However, if Aston Villa wants to achieve its goal of 15 consecutive home wins, how to maintain the momentum of defeating Manchester City will be another challenge for Aston Villa.


Looking back at the records of the two sides' recent five encounters, Arsenal has a psychological advantage with 4 wins and 1 loss.


As for the lineups of both sides, Aston Villa has Bertrand Traore, Buendia and Mings injured, and Watkins, Leon Bailey and McGinn will be matched in the midfield and frontcourt. , while Arsenal has Jianyang Fuyasu, Vieira, and Partey injured, so Odegaard, Havertz, Saka, and Rice will continue to shoulder the important task of grabbing points.


In terms of other focus matches, the "Red Army" Liverpool, currently ranked second in the standings, will play away against Crystal Palace, which had previously lost, and Manchester United will face "Cherry" Bournemouth at home.