Villa V Arsenal Preview

B6 has kindly offered the following thoughts, cheers mate;

After the excellent result against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend we return to Villa Park this Saturday for a fixture that is full of anticipation.

I personally enjoy games against the Gooners. Whilst we always seem to do well at there place the same can’t be said when we play them at home. They have an impressive record at Villa Park and it’s always a tough fixture and I am sure this time around will be no different.

However, there are lots of positives we can take into this fixture, not only the confidence we have, that must be sky high after a fantastic start to the season, but we can also take the fact that Arsenal played an away European fixture in midweek and were comfortably beaten. I didn’t see the game but from what I’ve read and heard the weren’t very good.

So how will this game go? Personally I would rather play every game away from home because the way we are set to play and the players we have we are much more suited to playing on the break, something I believe you can’t do at home.

I think Arsenal have some top quality players on their day. For me Welbeck is a decent player whilst Sanchez is excellent, coupled with the likes of Ozil, Ramsey and Cazorla our midfield and defence are going to have to be right on top of there game. They do have frailties in defence however with no recognised right back available, something which we desperately need to exploit.

We are long overdue a victory over the Arsenal at Villa Park, my heart says a Villa win but my head is saying they will have a little too much quality for us and, as much as it annoys me to say it, I’m expecting our first defeat of the season. I hope I’m wrong.

Prediction….. Villa 1 Arsenal 3
Top bet….Welbeck anytime scorer and Arsenal to win pays 2/1
Worth-a-quid…..Sanchez first goalscorer and Arsenal to win 3-1 pays 65/1


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  1. Luke444
    Luke444 September 19, 2014 at 7:30 am . Reply

    Leicester managed a draw with them at home so no reason we can’t get at least a draw. Plus they may be without Wilshere and debuchy is injured. We have to go at them and put them under pressure plus our defence is much more solid now

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm . Reply

      Wilshires fit

      1. Andrew
        Andrew September 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm . Reply

        Which is even better as he’s been shocking for the last year and a half. You wanna see potential going down the drain, he is it.

  2. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 19, 2014 at 7:39 am . Reply

    Did we think that last season, its about style of play, Villa can play good sides, I’ve no worries on people like Ramsey, Gazorla or Orzil, I don’t know how Ramsey playing for England, to me he’s hit and miss. no its a Draw on the cards for me, could even snatch that win.

  3. Colonius81
    Colonius81 September 19, 2014 at 9:15 am . Reply

    Ya we could face their backlash after such a poor performance midweek or arsenal could attack us and play into our hands a little. As far as I know wishere is thought to be ok to play ( Ramsey is welsh bill!)

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson September 19, 2014 at 11:57 am . Reply

      Sorry aop moment, should have known, its just I’ve watched him and Wiltshere both are hit or miss to me. Shit Ramsey won’t live that down.

  4. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion September 19, 2014 at 10:05 am . Reply

    75% possession. Liverpool had it and failed. I can see Arsenal coming out on top if they achieve a similar figure. Partly the speed and efficiency of Villa’s attacks means the ball is back with the opposition quickly. So the challenge for us is to hold the ball – preferably around the half way line with at least four players behind it.

  5. ifiruledtheworld
    ifiruledtheworld September 19, 2014 at 10:28 am . Reply

    I can see us getting a point from this, but that’s about it.. it all comes down to our defence really, they need to keep the same level of performance as they have been giving us so far and we are always in with a chance! The most important thing is, no matter what the result we must all remain optimistic!

  6. Adam
    Adam September 19, 2014 at 11:04 am . Reply

    I still stick by it, I think we will do em! 2-0 to the Villa. Arsenal are there for the taking.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 19, 2014 at 12:14 pm . Reply

      No chance we won’t keep a clean sheet v arsenal they will get at least one

  7. VTID
    VTID September 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm . Reply

    I think they will give us the respect, they didn’t last season, and we will struggle to keep the ball. I also think they are hurting from mid week loss so will want to turn it around. I feel they will nick the three points 0-1 Arsenal

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm . Reply

      Agree I think they will do a job on us tomorrow we’ve not won at VP v arse since 1998 what a joke

      1. Vaze
        Vaze September 19, 2014 at 12:32 pm . Reply

        Arsenal have only won three in eight versus Villa at the Emirates, their worst record against any side.

        What a joke.

        I think that we’ll give them a good game, and am cautiously optimistic. I do fear an Arsenal side and Wenger in particular when they are receiving criticism as they often come out with a barnstorming win.

        It’s nice to have a Villa side back that are competitive once more.

        The only certainty in the game, is that the naysayers will back in their droves should we lose.

  8. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 September 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm . Reply

    I usually like to back the law of averages; lot of good it’s ever done me! Arsenal is not the only side we haven’t beaten at home since the Flood and I keep thinking we have to win one sometime don’t we? Law of averages?

    I’ll keep to the faith and go with a narrow win 2-1 but I haven’t got a prediction right so far this season.

    Law of avergaes then! 🙂

  9. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 September 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm . Reply

    Oh and whille I’m on a roll – we haven’t won three in a row since the last king died!

    Still working on the law of averages 🙂

    #HELENIUS September 19, 2014 at 3:21 pm . Reply

    1-4. Think our unbeaten streak will end terribly tomo. It’s got to at some point right?

    1. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 September 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm . Reply

      No – can’t agree. We’re not that bad this season and Arsenal aren’t that good.

      1. #HELENIUS
        #HELENIUS September 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm . Reply

        Because they played poorly midweek? Arsenal are a very good side. Fortunately we have been exceptional defensively. That may well be our saving grace like last week. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take the points however we get them.

        Not trying to be negative, in fact i’m buzzing about the game, just very worried which Arsenal and which Villa will turn up!!

        Please Villa, don’t give oohaah any ammo……!!!!

        1. Hitchens 60
          Hitchens 60 September 19, 2014 at 5:01 pm . Reply

          No – Arsenal have some very good players and can’t be underestimated. I just don’t believe there is a 3 goal difference between them. Also history suggest a close game with few goals.

          I’m 100% with you on not loading Oohah’s gun for him 🙂

        2. Andrew
          Andrew September 20, 2014 at 4:10 am . Reply

          They drew Everton, Leicester and City so far, barely beat Palace and are without Debuchy and possibly Chambers. Their midfield’s weaker than Liverpool’s and bar Welbeck and Sanchez’s ability/speed, they’re not the scariest attacking side. They also haven’t scored more than 2 goals this season so can’t see why they’re scoring 4 on the best defense so far.

          1. Andrew
            Andrew September 20, 2014 at 4:11 am . Reply

            2 goals in a game*

  11. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 19, 2014 at 5:18 pm . Reply

    What’s the matter with you all , its all doom and gloom ffs, Villa will fight for a result you mark my words, I’m taking my grandson to his second game at Villa park they had a draw the last one, Langford would be agreeing that its changed down the ground and we have a good chance of pulling this one out of the hat, get behind the team and believe in your Villa.

    1. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 September 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm . Reply

      Bill, I predicted a 2-1 win and am being positive. All that law of averages stuff was intended to cause a smile!! Good job I never applied for a job as a comedian lol 🙂

  12. badger123
    badger123 September 19, 2014 at 6:19 pm . Reply

    I’m back to working seven days a week with no chance of an early dart for a few weeks, so won’t even get to see the game 🙁

    I’d normally have this one down as a banker, with Arsenal down to win, but I’m not so sure this time.
    Our defence looks a lot more resolute, but I think they offer more up front than us and have the better side overall, which makes them favourite.

    I can’t see Arsenal not scoring, where I can us, given that it’s at home.

    Probably an Arsenal win, but maybe a draw.
    If I had to predict, I’d go 1-2.

    But I don’t think they’ll batter us.

  13. Rocky1
    Rocky1 September 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm . Reply

    FFS stay positive and get behind the boys. The negativity is getting a bit tedious on here. We can go top with a win and enjoy match of the day even if it is just for 24hrs. We are much better now than we have been for the last 3-4 years, and the negativity is still rife on every thread.

    Villa 2.0

  14. JD
    JD September 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm . Reply

    Villa to win

    1. sasa c
      sasa c September 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm . Reply

      Tough game this, because they are quality, Ramsey is a class act, but I fancy a 1all draw, with Delph to score, and if Cole is fit, put him in and let him roll back the years and hold the ball when needed.

    #HELENIUS September 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm . Reply

    Anyone still want to disagree with my 1-4 prediction. Lol. Was going to happen soon enough. Mind you, we prob the better side until then. Time to play for a bit of pride now lads!!!

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