High flying Arsenal visit Villa Park to face Paul Lamberts side in the return fixture from the first day of the season. The picture is much rosier from the opening day defeat of Arsene Wenger’s side, who can regain top spot with 3 points here.
Each of the top 7 sides in the league won this weekend, making a victory even more imperative for the Gunners. They welcome back free-scoring Olivier Giroud, who should come in for the injured Theo Walcott, with Thomas Vermaelen also doubtful.
Villa have struggled this season, and look set to miss captain Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker. They will welcome back the influent Gabriel Aghbonlahor and Brad Guzan however. Goals have been a problem so far this season, with last seasons top scorer Christian Benteke having not scored for 11 Premier League matches. That’s 13 hours and 29 minutes since his last goal, against Newcastle in September. Villa have only scored 7 goals at home this season, the lowest in the Premier League, and face a side that have won the most away points in the league so far.
This could be a high scoring fixture if Arsenal impose themselves, and I’m predicting a big score. Olivier Giroud is a high 5/1 with Bet365 to be first goalscorer. Arsenal are 22/1 with Coral to win 4-0, but my tip would be 5-0 at 80/1 with BetVictor.
The match is live on Sky Sports 1 at 20.00