Arsenal – Villa Preview; Tough one, this

If you look at this game on paper, it looks like it’s all over for us even before we kick off, doesn’t it?
And to be honest, I suspect that’s about right, as in my heart of hearts, I don’t feel we’re going to get anything out of it.
Even the bookies, who are generally correct most of the time, rate us as having practically no chance whatsoever; I’m currently seeing odds as low as 9/2 on for Arsenal and 13/1 for a Villa win for example.
So an Arsenal win’s in the bag then.
Or is it?

There are some factors in our favour though, that make that 13/1 worth a couple of quid as a punt, in my opinion (not that I’m a betting man really and I’m not encouraging gambling at all).
First, we actually have a very decent record over recent years at the Emirates.
I’m sure many will remember some of Gabby’s goals and it seems he’s fit and will again be a threat with his pace.
Christian Benteke has scored three goals in four appearances against Arsenal.
And we’re actually quite difficult to score against, if the defence is playing well.

Then again, lately, we’ve struggled to score. Let’s not forget we’re just shy of nine hours playing time in the Prem without a goal. I’m going to turn that around though and say that the longer we go without scoring, the more likely we have to be to score, surely?
Hence, I’m expecting us to get a goal.

The big question for me, is how is Lambert going to play this one?
I’d expect Sinclair to at least play and he’ll probably start, else why buy a wide player, if Lambert isn’t looking to add width?
So who loses out?
As per usual, I don’t have a clue how Lambert sees things, so I’ll just see on the day.

Team news?

Gabby’s fit, but we still have Cole, Vlaar and Sendoros out.
Arsenal have Wellbeck as a possible, but doubtful.

So how do I see things panning out?

Well, I’ve tried to be optimistic and although I think we’ll score one, I can’t see us getting the result we want.
It’s got to be a 2-1 loss, I’m afraid.

You just never know though and I’ll have my fingers crossed.

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  1. villa1996 February 1, 2015 at 3:49 pm . Reply

    This club died the moment lambert was appointed in 3 years he broke all off villas worse records his done want people haven’t done in well over 100 years yet he doesn’t get the sack you can see the players don’t wanna play for him

  2. pat57 February 1, 2015 at 4:05 pm . Reply

    Lowest point yet. Should have saved themselves the trouble and posted the points to the Arses.

    Just started to feel a bit positive and now feel worse than ever.

    My biggest fear now is not relegation but that we won’t even be good enough for the Championship!

  3. Tekkers48 February 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm . Reply

    We pick ourselves up and go again. Lol.

  4. Hitchens 60 February 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm . Reply

    Posted earlier that Lambert has another record- the first time ever in the club’s history that we have gone 6 league games without a goal. Shows how bad things have got when no one even comments!! 🙂

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath February 1, 2015 at 5:07 pm . Reply

      Even carragher said that wasn’t good enough for a team as big as us. Think everyone’s just past caring

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