Aston Villa - Arsenal Betting Preview: Back the visitors to enjoy a Saturday stroll at Villa Park

Paul Lambert's side were thrashed last weekend and will be eager to bounce back against the Gunners but Willie Duncan expects Arsene Wenger's men to prevail
Aston Villa slumped to a crushing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last weekend and Paul Lambert’s struggling side know that they will face another stern test when they welcome Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal to Villa Park on Saturday evening.

Villa squandered a two-goal advantage against Manchester United in their last home match, eventually going down 3-2, and they can be backed at a chunky 4/1 (5.0) with William Hill to shrug off the disappointment of that defeat by seeing off the Gunners this weekend.

Arsene Wenger’s side were in fine form last weekend as they smashed five goals past north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur before defeating Montpellier 2-0 in the Champions League in midweek.

They will be keen to pick up another three points this weekend - an eventuality which is chalked up at 4/6 (1.67) with William Hill while the same firm offers 5/2 (3.50) that the match ends in a draw.

Theo Walcott sealed Arsenal’s thumping 5-2 win over Spurs at the weekend with the final goal of the game.

The winger, who expressed his desire to play in a more central striking role, has scored an impressive nine goals in all competitions for his side this term, is available at a tempting 6/1 (7.0) with William Hill to score first while in-form Olivier Giroud, who has scored four goals in four games for Arsenal, can be backed at 4/1 (5.0) to notch Saturday’s opener.

Each of Arsenal’s last six matches have been peppered with goals with an astonishing 34 goals having been scoring in those games including the Gunners’ incredible 7-5 extra time victory over Reading in the Capital One Cup.

Despite that, a low-scoring match seems a more likely outcome when Arsenal face shot-shy Villa on Saturday.

Paul Lambert’s men have scored a paltry 10 goals in 12 league matches this season and have slipped into the bottom three of the Premier League table.

Subsequently, the 17/10 (2.70) for Arsenal to keep a second successive clean sheet offers considerable appeal while the 100/30 (4.33) quote from William Hill for the Gunners to win a match which features fewer than three goals looks to be outstanding value and should be backed accordingly.

Arsenal to keep a clean sheet at 17/10 (2.70) with William Hill
Under 2.5 goals and Arsenal to win at 100/30 (4.33) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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