FootyMAD's Aston Villa match preview

Last updated : 17 January 2004 By Footymad Previewer
History of the Aston Villa v Arsenal fixture

Arsenal face a trip to Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Gunners will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 40 and win only 19 of the 79 games.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was less than a year ago, in April 2003, where the two sides shared the spoils courtesy of a 1 - 1 final scoreline in a Premiership match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2003/2004Wed 27 AugArsenal2 - 0Aston VillaPREM
2002/2003Sat 05 AprAston Villa1 - 1ArsenalPREM
2002/2003Sat 30 NovArsenal3 - 1Aston VillaPREM
2001/2002Sun 17 MarAston Villa1 - 2ArsenalPREM
2001/2002Sun 09 DecArsenal3 - 2Aston VillaPREM
2000/2001Sun 18 MarAston Villa0 - 0ArsenalPREM
2000/2001Sat 14 OctArsenal1 - 0Aston VillaPREM

Recent respective form guides

Aston Villa have an excellent home record, winning five and losing just one of the last six games. These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 14 goals for the Villans, with 6 goals against.

Arsenal's away form is equally impressive, unbeaten in their last six, consisting of three wins and three draws. The games have constituted a decent return of 10 goals for the Gunners, and 2 goals against.

Aston Villa's 27 points from 21 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 10th position. Arsenal sit in a healthy 2nd in the league, and have picked up 49 points from their 21 games.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP
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FootyMad's prediction ...

Gunners's decent recent efforts out on the road should see them narrowly take the spoils from the match with Aston Villa, believes the FootyMad team. Away win

Sequence statistics:
Aston Villa 10 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 4 .
Arsenal Undefeated in last 10 away games.
20 games since last defeat.