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Villa play The GUNNERS!

Arsenal travel to Villa Park, to play Aston Villa in a game that FEELS like a six pointer.

Form guides:

Aston Villa - L-L-W-L-W-L

Arsenal - W-D-W-W-D-L

Team News:

Kortney Hause is out for 4-6 weeks with a foot injury, while Wesley is not yet match fit.

Arsenal are without suspended duo Bernd Leno and David Luiz for the game.

Leno’s absence leaves Alex Rúnarsson and Mat Ryan competing for a spot in goal, dependent on Ryan being passed fit.

Kieran Tierney has missed the last few games and his participation on Saturday is in doubt.


These two sides met back in November, where Dean Smith's side left the Emirates 0-3 winners. A Bukayo Saka own goal, was followed later on with a Ollie Watkins brace.

This was the start of The Gunners poor form that saw them without a win in the Premier League for 6 games. Arsenal found form though, after they beat Chelsea 3-1, this set them up, to go on a 7 game unbeaten run. This was disrupted in their last game, where they lost 2-1 to Wolves. This game saw David Luiz (controversially) sent off as-well as Keeper Bernd Leno.

Villa, also lost their last game against a very in-form West Ham side. It was a very desire-less performance from Smith's men. No fight and no passion, saw new West Ham loanee Jesse Lingard score a brace after Tomas Soucek's well drilled goal. Ollie Watkins scored once again for Aston Villa.


This game will see two teams absolutely fighting their hearts out to see who is worthy of fighting for a Europa League spot this season.

Expect to see a very end-to-end game, with both teams wanting to take all 3 points. Villa have come out on top in the last two fixtures.


Opposition View:

For the Opposition View for this game I managed to get George Rice who is the co-chair of the Gay Gooners, the AVFC Faithful has worked closely before with VillaAndProud and include their logo on the Predicted Lineup graphic and we are proud to have the Gay Gooners on our website!

Facts about the group: Founded in 2013, and are the first and largest LGBT+ fans group with over 900 members, make sure to follow them on Twitter! (@gaygooners)

As always with the current situation of behind-closed-doors matches that we currently find ourselves in, I reflect on what could have been. That’s twice now that Covid has denied us an away day in Birmingham and a chance to visit Villa Park, a ground that I’ve personally yet to tick off my list. I can only hope that medical science works it’s magic and that next year us Gay Gooners get the trip to Villa Park and a night out along Hurst Street, that has been so cruelly denied to us these past two seasons.

Arsenal Villa is a fixture that carries very mixed memories for me. Memories as varied as the elation I felt when Alexis Sanchez scored that Cup Final goal at Wembley and we clinched the FA Cup winning record, as well how depleted I felt this season after Ollie Watkins effectively walked through our defence twice.

I am cautiously optimistic about the match tomorrow. I felt that we were unlucky against Wolves, having played well up until the (stupidly, ridiculously) soft red card and that in general the team does seem to be on an upward trajectory, especially as the midfield partnership of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka seems to be gelling just as Mikel Arteta intended. Something that may potentially pose a problem for us is Bernd Leno’s suspension. His acrobatic saves have really been the difference for us in terms of defensive record and he is proving himself to be an indispensable player. There are dubious reports on the fitness of our Brighton-loanee keeper Mat Ryan, who is welcome cover but who we’ve yet to see make his debut for the club. That would leave us with Runar Alex Runnarson in goal, who to be fair had a decent spell when coming on to replace Leno on Tuesday, but who has looked to lack confidence in previous games.

We are bound to be vulnerable to Jack Grealish because, and I’m sure you Villa fans don’t need me to be the one to tell you this, but he is quite some player and I can see him being the difference between you playing in a European competition next season or not. You’d certainly make a pretty penny if you were to sell him in the summer, but who you’d get in to replace him, I don’t know. I’d also be wary of Ollie Watkins, given his performance against us last time out and our potential vulnerability between the sticks. It will be interesting to see if he makes it into the England squad for the Euros this summer, alongside Grealish. I can think of worse candidates up front.

I would never dare predict the score, because who’d be foolish enough to do so, but with the attacking quality that both sides have displayed in recent matches, I think it’s safe to say there will be goals. I’ll end by wishing you the very best of luck for the rest of the season, only it goes without saying that it doesn’t apply for tomorrow.


Predicted XI:


Score predictions:

Sam Walker -1-1

Kian Davies - 3-1

The AVFC Faithful - 2-1

JP Smith - 2-1

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