Build-a-bet: Arsenal vs Aston Villa – Gunners can take advantage of haphazard Villans

Arsenal will be looking to extend their six-match unbeaten run when they welcome Aston Villa to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners may be unbeaten since August but that doesn't mean their early season crisis has come to an end.

Monday's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace proved that Mikel Arteta's men still have a long way to go before they can think about challenging for the top six, let alone the top four.

Aston Villa, in contrast, are desperate to change their fortunes around. They will see this upcoming game with Arsenal as the perfect opportunity to do so.

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

When, where and how to watch

When: Friday, October 22, 8:00pm BST

Where: Emirates Stadium

How to watch: Sky Sports

Follow this game live via our score centre

Best bets for Arsenal vs Aston Villa

Arsenal to win at 20/21

Both teams to score at 8/11

Arsenal to score first at 8/11

The Villans blew a two-goal lead against Wolves last weekend as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at Villa Park.

Dean Smith's side have now lost back-to-back Premier League fixtures - a run that has seen them slip down the standings to 13th place.

However, considering Villa have won all their previous three encounters against the Gunners, they will certainly see this fixture as a chance to return to winning ways.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Boss Dean Smith questioned Aston Villa's game management after their late collapse against Wolves

Speaking of Arsenal, it's fair to say that Arteta's side are not firing on all cylinders. Far from it.

A rather laboured performance against Crystal Palace would have ended in a defeat if not for Alexandre Lacazette's stoppage-time equaliser.

Arsenal celebrate

But even though performances may not be up to scratch, there's a real fight about this young Arsenal side.

With Aston Villa winning just once from four competitive games, it's hard to back them against a team that is unbeaten in almost two months. With that in mind, Arsenal to win is the opening selection.

Last three meetings

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal (Premier League - February 2, 2021)

The previous encounter between the two clubs ended in a slender 1-0 win for the hosts.

Ollie Watkins scored in the second minute of the game - a goal which proved to be the winner.

Despite dominating possession, the Gunners were unable to mount a credible response.

Arsenal 0-3 Aston Villa (Premier League - November 8, 2020)

On their last visit to the Emirates, Aston Villa ran riot and took all three points.

An own goal from Bukayo Saka put the visitors ahead before Watkins' second-half brace secured the win.

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal (Premier League - July 21, 2020)

Villa's run of three straight victories in this fixture started with a 1-0 win at Villa Park in the penultimate game of the 2019/20 season.

Villa reigned supreme with a winning goal from Trezeguet.

Back both teams to score

The both-teams-to-score bet is not one that has proved very successful in this fixture over the years. In fact, it has landed just once in the past nine encounters.

However, considering the way in which the season is panning out for both clubs, that may be about to change.

Let us start with the Gunners. The BTTS bet landed in two of their last three encounters.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

A 3-1 win over Spurs and a 2-2 draw with Palace underlined just how good Arsenal's attack can be, and just how sloppy they still are at the back.

Aston Villa, on the other hand, have been all over the place. The BTTS bet landed in their last two Premier League games - both ending in defeats, against Wolves and Tottenham.

Smith's men have scored and conceded 12 goals this season. Should it continue, we could be in for a goal-fest at the Emirates.

Last 10 head-to-heads

Arsenal wins: 7

Draws: 0

Aston Villa: 3

Arsenal goals: 23

Aston Villa goals: 8

Gunners to get out of the blocks first

For all of Arsenal's problems this season, home form hasn't been one of them. The Gunners have picked up seven out of 12 available points at the Emirates and only fell to one defeat - a 2-0 loss at the hands of Chelsea.

Arsenal tend to get out of the blocks quickly when they play in front of their own fans. In fact, it's a run that stretches back into the previous campaign.

Mikel Arteta Arsenal Sep21

The Gunners have opened the scoring in six of their last seven competitive games at the Emirates. Five of those have led to victories.

Bearing in mind those numbers, Arsenal to get on the scoresheet first is our third selection.

READ MORE: Aubameyang over Ronaldo? Five fantasy football questions answered ahead of Gameweek 9

Latest Soccer Videos