iBet: Arsenal have too much quality for Aston Villa
Aston Villa v Arsenal, Premier League, kick off tonight 7.45pm
Lay Aston Villa at 4/1 with Betfair
Things were bad enough for Aston Villa anyway without losing their main goal threat Darren Bent to injury. We called their game against Liverpool on Sunday right – the Reds simply had too much quality for them. And I expect pretty much the same outcome tonight. I’ve made no secret that I think that Villa are in a position of false security in 10th. They had a very easy start to the season but the only teams they have beaten in the league have been the bottom three, plus a lucky 3-2 win over Norwich. Every time they have come up against quality they have been soundly beaten. Arsenal may have lost to league leaders Manchester City on Sunday but there is no shame in that at all. It was a magnificent game and manager Arsene Wenger was quite rightly proud of his players afterwards. After a sticky start when the new players were getting to know each other, Arsenal’s form has been excellent. They have won six of their last eight in the league and I just think they will have too much nous for a very average Villa side that’s heading down the table at the moment. I will be laying Villa, but I would not put you off backing Arsenal at 1.83, which is 5/6 in old money and a very fair price.
All but one of Manchester City’s league games this season has produced at least two goals and I expect the trend to continue tonight at home to Stoke City. You can lay under 1.5 goals at just over 5/1 with Betfair.
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