Monday, January 13, 2014

Aston Villa vs Arsenal - Competition: England, Premier League, Round 21st
Match date: 13 January 2014
Aston Villa’s form is a little bit patchy this season. With 20 games already-played the Villans are sitting on the 11th position in the table having only six points advantage over the drop zone. Paul Lambert may complain about the scoring form of his players. In as many as 9 games the Villans failed to score, 6 of which were played at home ground. No wonder that their goal balance is not to their advantage with 19 goals earned while six more conceded. Nevertheless, their recent form is not as bad – victory over Sunderland on the road and draw with Swansea City at Villa Park. Yet, these two games were preceded with four league losses. What’s even worse for the Villans is the list of unavailable players. Five players are out while two others will be assessed in pre-match fitness tests.

Arsenal team remain the leader of the Premier League table. Out of 20 games already behind them they managed to win 14, 3 others were ended in a draw and only 3 were lost during the whole 2013/2014 campaign. The Gunners cannot afford themselves to drop points against Aston Villa since the title race is open and fierce with the top three clubs being just one or two points away from each other. As far as the injuries are concerned Arsene Wenger expects to have Olivier Giroud back from a minor injury. Similarly, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to full fitness after a long-term injury. Fitness tests prior to the game will show if Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs are also available. Yet, Gunners lost Theo Walcott in the FA Cup win over Tottenham.

Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT - 9:00 pm CET
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham (England)
Referee: Neil Swarbrick 

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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