History suggests goals galore at Villa Park

Four of the last five meetings have had over 2.5goals

Arsenal will make the journey up the M40 to Birmingham to take on an Aston Villa side that last beat Arsene Wenger’s men at Villa Park back in December 1998. With the festive season upon us, both sets of fans will be looking for an early Christmas present - the gift of all three points.

Brad Guzan will once again take his place between the sticks for Aston Villa as Shay Given remains sidelined. Villa were outplayed and outclassed against Liverpool at the weekend and rarely threatened the Liverpool backline. However, the return of English strike duo - Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor - should help improve Villa’s creativity and potency in the final third, with their pace a major concern for a make-shift Arsenal back-line. Stan James are offering 9/4 for Bent to score anytime and Agbonlahor is as high as 3/1 with UniBet in the same market.

Meanwhile, Wenger will be looking for his side to instantly bounce-back from Sunday’s defeat at the hands of current pacesetters, Manchester City. The Gunners had previously gone eight league games without defeat and will need to go on a similar, if not a better run, if they have any hopes of being genuine title challengers come May. The Arsenal boss’s main concern remains the lack of any fully fit, full-backs and he will once again start with four centre-backs. This wasn’t overly concerning against City - a team who played mostly through the middle - but Villa are a team, I believe, capable of taking full advantage of this.

Since the start of the Premier League era, these two sides have played 19 league matches at Villa Park, with nine of those ending in draws. Sky Bet are offering odds of 11/4 on a share of the spoils, with the same firm paying out at 14/1 for a 2-2 correct score.

If previous fixtures are anything to go by, then this could be a match with plenty of goalmouth action. Four of the last five meetings have had over 2.5goals, with last season’s corresponding fixture ending 4-2 in favour of the travellers. Bet365 are being very generous in the over 2.5 goals market, and you can pick up odds of 4/5, which could provide punters across the land with the perfect early Christmas gift.

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Over 2.5 goals @ 4/5 with Bet365

Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 20/12/2011 - 11:57 AM
Filed in:- Bournemouth Betting News, Arsenal, Bournemouth

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