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Arsene Wenger’s men will be hoping to return to the summit of the EPL log when they visit Paul Lambert’s side on Monday night

Aston Villa welcome Arsenal to the Villa Park in Monday night’s English Premier League encounter. 

The visitors will be hoping to avenge their defeat to their hosts who stunned them at the Emirates Stadium on the opening day of this season’s top flight. 

Aston Villa come into this game after suffering an upset against Sheffield United in the English FA Cup and will face an uphill task beating the in-form Gunners. Ladbrokes is backing them at a long 11/2 (6.50) to emerge victorious after 90 minutes. 

Arsenal are unbeaten in five games- winning away against West Ham and Newcastle and beating Cardiff and Tottenham at home. They are priced at 1/2 (1.50) according to Ladbrokes that they should secure another away victory- a result that will see them re-assume leadership position on the log. 

The same firm prices the draw at 10/3 (4.33). 

Arsenal are troubled by a lengthy injury list, though, and go into the Villa game without Theo Walcott, who has been ruled out for the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Nicklas Bendtner (ankle) and Abou Diaby (knee). Even at this setback, they are a 6/4 (2.50) to win to nil. 

Oliver Giroud is a 7/2 (4.50) bet with Ladbrokes to get the curtain raiser in this encounter while his strike partner, Lukas Podolski is available at 11/2 (6.50) to net first on Monday night. 

For punters seeking a value bet from this game, they should back both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83). 

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