Aston Villa will look to close the gap at the top when they take on Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday (9 December) at Villa Park.
Unai Emery’s side are flying at the moment having remained undefeated in their last four Premier League games. They are heading into this game on the back of a morale-boosting 1-0 win against Manchester City.
Arsenal have won six games in a row in all competitions, and they are currently sitting at the top of the Premier League table.
Chris Sutton has suggested that he just doesn’t see the Gunners getting beaten, and at the same time, doesn’t see Villa losing either at Villa Park. The popular pundit has predicted a 1-1 draw at Villa Park for this game.
Villa have won all of their seven home games this season, and 14 in a row at home, which is simply “phenomenal”.
“Aston Villa were brilliant against Manchester City and their home record is phenomenal with 14 wins in a row since their last defeat in the league at Villa Park,” said Sutton to BBC Sport.
“That came against the Gunners in February, who trailed twice but won 4-2 in dramatic style thanks to two stoppage-time goals.
“I don’t see this game being anywhere near as open, although I do think it will be close. Arsenal have shown their resilience in recent weeks and, the way they are playing at the moment, I just don’t see them being beaten.”
Both the teams are in terrific form at the moment, and it will be a close contest. Villa will be in full confidence after beating Pep Guardiola’s side at home where they outplayed City.
Arsenal managed a 4-3 win at Luton where Declan Rice scored the winning goal right at the death. The Gunners have lost against Newcastle away from home this season already and drew 2-2 against Chelsea.
At home, it looks really difficult for Villa to lose a game, and it won’t be easy for Arsenal to grab a win here. A draw won’t be a bad result which might suit Liverpool who could go to the top of the table with a win against Crystal Palace.
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