Aston Villa-Arsenal Betting Preview: Gunners to prevail after tight start

After being knocked off top spot over the weekend, the Gunners travel to Villa Park looking to go back to the summit, our tipster backing Wenger's side to grind out a victory
After suffering a shock defeat in the FA Cup last weekend against Sheffield United, Aston Villa face an in-form Arsenal side and the hosts will be looking to improve their shocking run of results at Villa Park.

Paul Lambert brings his side into this match with only one victory recorded at home in their last eight. Strangely, despite lacking wins at home, Villa haven't struggled on the road, beating Sunderland and Southampton in recent weeks and they sit 11th in the Premier League. bet365 price them at 11/2 (6.50) to take all three points.

After a crushing defeat to Manchester City in mid-December, Arsenal have gone five games unbeaten, winning away against West Ham and Newcastle and beating Cardiff and Tottenham at home.

Arsene Wenger's side are still vying for the title, leading the way for a majority of this season and after a solid weekend of results for their title rivals they know three points are crucial to maintaining the pace at the top of the Premier League. bet365 price them at 4/7 (1.57) to beat Villa. The same firm prices the draw at 16/5 (4.20).

With Villa's woeful home record, you can expect Arsenal to come out victorious in this fixture. However, with the price at 4/7 (1.57) it's worth looking elsewhere to find value.

Draw/Arsenal in the half time/full time market at 10/3 (4.33) with bet365 seems like a fantastic price for this fixture. Arsenal have ground out plenty victories this season, especially away from home, and this evening could be no different. Had you backed this bet in Arsenal's last seven away victories, it would have paid out in six of those games.

Draw/Arsenal HT/FT at 10/3 (4.33) for 2pts with bet365

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