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EPL: Aston Villa vs Arsenal team news, predicted lineup, kickoff



Arsenal head to Aston Villa on Saturday looking to bounce back from a farcical night’s work against Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out.

The Gunners started well against a team out of form, but ended up losing 2-1 and finishing the match with nine men, after David Luiz and Bernd Leno were sent-off.

The Gunners opted to appeal the red given to the centre-back, but that was dismissed by the FA and he’ll be banned for this game along with Mikel Arteta’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Despite Arsenal signing Mat Ryan in the January transfer window from Brighton, he’s also unlikely to play as he has suffered a minor injury, meaning error-prone Alex Runarsson may feature once more.

Arsenal are 10th in the table and despite that defeat, a recent upturn in results has put them in touch with the group of clubs just outside the European spots at present.

As for Aston Villa, they are still one place and one point ahead of the Gunners before kick-off – but they also have two games in hand.

A real drop-off lately, however, means Dean Smith needs to quickly find a winning formula again, with a midweek loss to West Ham their fourth in the last six games.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Team News.

Aston Villa are without centre-back Kortney Hause and striker Wesley. Dean Smith may look to make changes after a run of poor results, with Morgan Sanson potentially in line for his first start.

Arsenal are missing the suspended pair of Bernd Leno and David Luiz, while stand-in goalkeeper Mat Ryan is also a doubt – meaning Alex Runarsson will play in goal. Kieran Tierney is another likely absentee for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Predicted line-ups

Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Sanson, Grealish; Watkins

Arsenal: Runarsson; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Saka; Thomas, Xhaka; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette

Kickoff time 

Time: 1:30pm

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