Aston Villa were absolutely woeful against Liverpool on Sunday. Kenny Dalglish’s side are one of the better teams in the Premier League, although they were made to look like Barcelona, with Alex McLeish’s side simply not at the races.
Sure enough, Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor were missing in action, although that doesn’t explain why they conceded two goals from corners early in the match. James Collins and Richard Dunne seemed to be missing the presence of Shay Given between the sticks and it could be a long hard winter for the Midlands side.
Bet365 (£200 free bets) are prepared to lay the home side at odds of 7/2 for their match against an Arsenal team that played pretty well at Eastlands on Sunday despite losing by a single goal. If you compare that performance with the 8-2 thrashing they received at Old Trafford earlier this term, the team have come on leaps and bounds.
The Gunners will be confident that a repeat performance will get them back to winning ways against their opponents on Wednesday and Ladbrokes (£50 free betting) are a best price 5/6 that Arsene Wenger’s team collect their fourth away win of the campaign, having previously won at Chelsea, Norwich and Wigan.
There haven’t been too many matches where Robin Van Persie has failed to score, with the Dutchman having a goal chalked off for offside against City, although he will be raring to go in this match and odds of 7/2 are available that he breaks the deadlock.
Gervinho should also cause plenty of problems for the home team, with odds of 11/5 available that Arsenal lead at half-time and full-time in a game which could heap more pressure on Alex McLeish.