3rd vs 4th : Arsenal vs Aston Villa

Thursday, 24th December 2009 6:20am
In round 19 of the English Premiership third placed Arsenal will face fourth placed Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium.

The two teams are equal on points but the Gunners take third place because of their superior goal difference.

This is a key match in terms of both the title and the top four positions as these clubs are in direct competition on both fronts.

Villa currently lie second on the form table having accumulated 14 points from their last six matches and its important to note that Villa is one of only two teams who haven't lost a match in their last six at the moment. The other is Birmingham City.

The winner of this tie could go into second place depending on Manchester United's result against Hull City.

A loss for either team could see them go down to sixth place also dependent on the Fulham/Spurs match.

Its interesting to see that Villa's next match after this one is against Liverpool, another team aiming to finish in the top four places.

This is the first time for the two teams to meet this season but in the same fixture last season Villa won 2-nil.

This is the rest of the stats for the two teams so far this season:


ArsenalAston Villa
Position34
StreakLLWWDWDDWWWW
Played1718
Points3535
Drawn25
Won1110
Lost43
Goal difference2415
Clean sheets57
Failed to score21
Goals scored4429
Goals conceded2014
Ave. goals scored2.61.6
Ave. goals conceded1.20.8
Biggest winEverton 1 - 6 Arsenal
Aston Villa 5 - 1 Bolton
Biggest lossArsenal 0 - 3 Chelsea
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Wigan
Score 3 or more83
Concede 3 or more20
Home matches
Played89
Points2120
Drawn02
Won76
Lost11
Goal difference1811
Goals scored2517
Goals conceded76
Ave. goals scored3.11.9
Ave. goals conceded0.90.7
Away matches
Played99
Points1415
Drawn23
Won44
Lost32
Goal difference64
Goals scored1912
Goals conceded138
Ave. goals scored2.11.3
Ave. goals conceded1.40.9



Wayne wrote on Wednesday, 20th January 2010 10:14pm
Gunners will surely take 3 points at Emirate Stadium but I expect them to play safe because they clearly understood Bolton's ability. Wenger's side is confident to control the match after leading so Gunners will stop fire after score 2s and Bolton may has a chance to steal a goal in last minute.
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Wes wrote on Thursday, 21st January 2010 12:11am
Thanks for the commment Wayne. Gunners tend to win by big margins against lowly teams but maybe not this time. Will see.
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