Villa Park, Aston, England
Key Stat: After seven consecutive defeats in all competitions in this fixture, Aston Villa have won each of their last two games against Arsennal.
Expert Verdict: Defeat to West Ham in mid-week was a blow to Aston Villa's ambitions of getting back in and among the battle for European places and this is another match that will be key in determining whether they are to challenge higher up or get stuck in mid-table. Arsenal's recent revival has stalled, however, and these two teams could cancel each other out.
Aston Villa and Arsenal kick-off the weekend’s Premier League action with a match at Villa Park between two teams next to each other in the table. Villa have two games in hand but sit one point clear of Arsenal in ninth place. The match, on February 6, kicks off at 12:30 local time.
Defenders:Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett
Defensive Midfielders:Douglas Luiz, Morgan Sanson
Attacking Midfielders:Bertrand Traore, Ross Barkley, Jack Grealish
Goalkeeper:Runar Alex Runarsson
Defenders:Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Gabriel, Cedric Soares
Defensive Midfielders:Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka
Attacking Midfielders:Bukayo Saka, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Nicholas Pepe
Arsenal won 3-2 against Villa last season in their first meeting since the latter’s Premier League return but Aston Villa have won the last two without conceding. A 1-0 win at Villa Park in July was followed by their 3-0 win at the Emirates in November. Bukayo Saka scored an early own goal before Ollie Watkins’ second-half double secured a comfortable away win.
Both teams are looking to get back to winning ways, but the draw could be worth backing at 5/2 with Bet365, 888sport, 10Bet and Betway.
Both teams to score has been set at 4/7 with Bet365 and 10Bet.
Ollie Watkins scored twice in this fixture in November and he is 19/10 to score at any time with 10Bet.
Arsenal are narrow favourites to win this game, but the two teams – both looking to bounce back from mid-week defeats – could end up cancelling each other out.