Arsenal and Aston Villa meet at Emirates Stadium on Sunday for matchday eight for Arsenal and seven for Aston Villa. This has the makings of one of the better games in the EPL. Manchester City and Liverpool is certainly the game of Sunday, though. Arsenal just missed out on Europa League territory last year, as they finished with a record of 14-14-10 and 56 points.
They had Tottenham clear of Arsenal by 3 points for the Europa League qualifier. Arsenal were a point away from going to the Champions League in 2018-19, so that was a really disappointing season for their standards. Fans expect more than mediocre football out of Arsenal.
Whiffing on the Champions League is frustrating enough, but missing out on the Europa League has to be really frustrating for Arsenal supporters. There is a lot of pressure on Arsenal to right the ship in the 2020-21 campaign. I’m not sure what fans are expecting, but I wouldn’t get too excited over Arsenal.
Having said that, it’s likely going to be another year of Arsenal playing respectable football. So far they’re on pace of doing just that in the Premier League. Arsenal have looked much better than what I just described recently, though. Their heads have been hanging high, and Arsenal is playing with some confidence at the moment.
Aston Villa can be a tough club to nail down. They can really look like a dominant force on some days, and a useless team that deserves to be put in relegation on others. For instance, Aston Villa upset Liverpool in a shocker by a score of 7-2 on October 4, but lost to Stoke City, 1-0, before that performance.
Then they followed up after the Arsenal win with a 1-0 win over Leicester City, so they had some momentum on their side. However, Aston Villa are on a two-match losing streak going into Sunday. Aston Villa has losses against Leeds and Molde after the win over Leicester City Head below for our free Arsenal vs. Aston Villa pick for November 8, 2020.
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Arsenal needs to bring it on Sunday at home. Anything less would be a disappointment for the Gunners. Arsenal has been in terrific form with three straight wins. They’re on a three-match winning streak with wins over Dundalk, Manchester United, and Molde. Arsenal trashed Molde, as they should, by a score of 4-1 in their most recent outing on November 5. There was no letdown spot present for Arsenal after they defeated Manchester United on November 1, 1-0.
Beating Manchester United these days isn’t quite what it was like years ago, but they’ve been playing pretty well in this campaign, and the feeling of beating Manchester United never gets old for opponents. Arsenal has scored 1.29 goals per match this season while conceding only 1 goal. In their previous eight matches overall, Arsenal has allowed only 5 goals, three of which resulted in no goals conceded.
Aston Villa are suffering on the back in this game, and might need to draw up some kind of plan to penetrate the Arsenal defence. Arsenal hasn’t made many mistakes in that regard. Forward Bertrand Traore will be unavailable for Villa on Sunday. He suffered an injury in the 4-3 loss versus Southampton on November 1. Villa has scored 2.5 goals per match, but conceding 1.5 goals on the other end of the pitch. The majority of those goals came against Liverpool to skew their goals figure up. I’m looking at a 2-1 win for the home side in this match.