EPL: Villians target survival against Gunners


Aston Villa will be looking to give their survival hopes a boost when they play the penultimate game of their 2019/20 Premier League season at home to Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Dean Smith’s side is currently 18 in the table, three points behind 17th-placed Watford, while Arsenal sits 10 but will have been boosted by beating Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Smith’s side has a worse goal difference than Watford, but a victory on Tuesday would give them a real chance of avoiding the drop, particularly considering that the Hornets host Manchester City on the same night.

There is no getting away from the fact that it has been a disappointing campaign for Villa, who have won just eight of their 36 matches, suffering 21 defeats in the process.

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They have shown signs of a real fight in recent games, though, beating Crystal Palace on 12 July before picking up a point away to Everton last time out, conceding a leveller in the 87 minutes of that clash.

The omens are not exactly terrific for Villa as they have lost their last seven games against Arsenal in all competitions, but the Gunners do not have an awful lot to play for in the league.

Arsenal is currently 10 in the Premier League table, having only won 13 of their 36 league games this season.

There is no question that things have improved under Mikel Arteta, though, and the capital giants will enter this match off the back of two hugely impressive results.


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