Arsenal, the hot favourites to win this fixture vs Aston Villa from Game Week 6 as we look at the key highlights and predicted 11 for the EPL 2022-23 match-up.
It’s been a wonderful start to the season for Arsenal. Having won all the pre-season and starting league matches comfortably, they are now looking like one of the most balanced squads Arsenal have had in a decade. They might have not finished in the top 4 in the last 6 seasons, but convincing wins against Leicester, Fulham, and crystal palace have shown the potential this side has.
On the other hand, it’s been a mixed bag for Steven Gerrad’s Aston Villa. After losing to Bournemouth in the season opener, they have come back strong against Everton winning it 2-1. Aston Villa not only won the match, but made significant changes to their playing formation from their previous match which gave them a balanced midline. The pairing of Ramsey and Coutinho could become deadly for the opponents if used perfectly. The fighter that Gerrad has been throughout his career knows how to fight hard against stronger opponents.
With Arsenal’s forwards in blazing form and the defense being solid as a rock, we can expect arsenal to play the same formation as their first match i.e. 4-2-3-1 which gives more stability to their mid as well. Whereas Aston villa would like to keep their formation as compact as possible and try to exploit the weak areas of Arsenal during counterattacks by playing 4-3-3.
Arsenal has always dominated this fixture at home as Aston Villa has won only 2 and lost 9 games at Emirates.
Games Played in EPL: 29 // Arsenal won: 17 // Aston Villa won: 8 // Draw: 4
League Type: English Premier League (GW-6)
Match Type: Arsenal vs Aston Villa
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
When: 1st September, 12:00 AM (IST)
Goalkeepers: Aaron Ramsdale, Bernd Leno, Matt Turner, Arthur Okonkwo
Defenders: Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares, William Saliba, Hector Bellerin, Pablo Mari, Nuno Tavares
Midfield: Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Albert Lokonga, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith-Rowe, Fabio Vieira, Reiss Nelson, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Forward: Gabriel Marinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe, Marquinhos
Manager: Mikel Arteta
Aston Villa Squad:
Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen, Emiliano Martinez, Filip Marshall, Akos Onodi
Defender: Diego Carlos Santos Silva, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Calum Chambers, Ludwig Augustinsson, Ashley Young, Ahmed Elmohamady, Lucas Digne, Kortney Hause, Tyrone Mings, Boubacar Kamara, Tim Iroegbunam, Josh Feeney
Midfielder: Matthew Cash, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Morgan Sanson, Emiliano Buendía Stati, Marvelous Nakamba, Bertrand Traoré, Ezri Konsa Ngoyo, Leon Bailey, Jacob Ramsey, Benjamin Chrisene, Michael Tait, Tommi O’Reilly, Carney Chukwuemeka, Kaine Hayden, Mamadou Dialla Sylla
Forwards: Philippe Coutinho, Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, Cameron Archer, Mungo Bridge
Manager: Steven Gerrard
Predicting Playing 11 for both Teams
EPL 2022-23: Arsenal vs Aston Villa Predicted Playing 11 for Arsenal
Defenders: B.White, W.Saliba, Gabriel, O.Zinchenko
Midfield: G.Xhaka, Thomas, B.Saka
Forwards: G.Martinelli, G.Jesus, M.Odegaard
EPL 2022-23: Arsenal vs Aston Villa Predicted Playing 11 for Aston Villa
Defenders: M.Cash, E.Konsa, T.Mings, L.Digne
Midfield: J.Ramsey, B.Kamara, J.McGinn
Forwards: E.Buendia, O.Watkins, L.Bailey
EPL 2022-23: Arsenal vs Aston Villa Fantasy Playing 11
Arsenal will be the favorites for this match, but Aston Villa are expected to give a good fight to the Gunners. It makes sense to keep 6 to 7 Arsenal players in the Fantasy 11 team. The Keeper has to be from Arsenal and CVC as well, as they are more likely to score with their new front line, who took 19 shots against Leicester.
Defence: O.Zinchenko, Ben White, L.Digne, M.cash
Midfield: G.Xhaka, J.Ramsey, P.Coutinho
Forwards: G.Jesus, G.Martinelli, O.Watkins
CVC Choice: G.Jesus and J. Ramsey
Arsenal 75% vs 25% Aston Villa
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Himanshu is an author at Footbalytics. He is a sports freak and Football is his first love. He is a National level football player himself. With the world full of Messi’s, Ronaldo’s and Gerrard’s fans, he is a die hard fan of Iker Casillas.
Though he is a Sales Manager by profession, he would never miss playing football with his mates.