Aston Villa vs Arsenal, LIVE: Follow all the action from Villa Park as both sides try to revive European hopes following mid-week Premier League defeats
- Aston Villa and Arsenal are both looking to atone from losing in midweek
- Villa sit ninth in the Premier League table, one point and position above Arsenal
- Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
- Premier League table – as it stands
Aston Villa and Arsenal will both be hoping to return to winning ways when they go head-to-head in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
In the opening fixture of the weekend’s action Villa sit ninth – one position and point above their opponent. Dean Smith’s side lost 3-1 at home to West Ham on Wednesday, while Arsenal lost 2-1 at Wolves on Tuesday and also had two men sent off.
Follow Sportmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live EPL coverage of Aston Villa vs Arsenal, including scores, lineups and build up. Kick-off is at 12.30pm.
There is just one point and one position between the teams in Villa’s favour, yet according to BonusCodeBets it is Arsenal who are narrow favourites heading into this Villa Park encounter at 7/5 compared to 9/5 for a Villa victory.
Fair call? Admittedly, Arsenal were looking excellent midweek before they impleded with two red cards. The form is there for Mikel Arteta’s men.
Following a poor performance in the 3-1 defeat by West Ham mid-week, Dean Smith makes two changes to his side with Douglas Luiz and Anwar El Ghazi dropping to the bench to be replaced by Marvelous Nakamba and Bertrand Traore.
Two expected changes for Arsenal after their 2-1 defeat by Wolves, with Bernd Leno and David Luiz suspended following their red cards midweek. Mat Ryan therefore makes his debut in goal while Gabriel also comes into the side.
Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, McGinn, Traore, Barkley, Grealish, Watkins.
Subs: Heaton, Douglas Luiz, Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Engels, Sanson, Elmohamady, Davis, Ramsey.
Arsenal: Ryan, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Cedric, Thomas, Xhaka, Saka, Smith-Rowe, Pepe, Lacazette.
Subs: Ceballos, Odegaard, Willian, Runarsson, Aubameyang, Chambers, Pablo Mari,
Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)
It’s another full weekend of Premier League action on the way and what a start it is this afternoon too as Aston Villa host Arsenal at Villa Park.
Welcome to our live coverage of the clash as both sides aim to reboot European ambitions after mid-week defeats.
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