Arsenal vs Aston Villa preview: Prediction, team news & lineups

  • Premier League leaders Arsenal are last in action out of title contenders this weekend
  • Gunners welcome Aston Villa to the Emirates on Sunday
  • Both teams have European quarter-finals to consider
Arsenal were beaten at Villa Park in December
Arsenal were beaten at Villa Park in December / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Arsenal welcome Aston Villa to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon in yet another huge Premier League bout for the Gunners.

The run-in is starting to ramp up with this domestic clash arriving in the middle of Arsenal's Champions League quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich. An uncharacteristically poor defensive display means the Gunners will take a 2-2 draw into Wednesday's return leg.

Villa were also in continental action on Thursday as they overcame Lille 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa Conference League last eight tie.

Their domestic form has stuttered as of late, with their 1-0 win against Mikel Arteta's side at Villa Park arriving amid a rich vein of form in December.

Arsenal extended their Premier League unbeaten run with a convincing 3-0 win at Brighton last Saturday, and now they'll be hoping to avoid some Unai Emery voodoo magic. The Gunners are the last of the three title contenders to play this weekend, so the pressure could be ramped up by the time kick-off rolls around.

Here's our preview of Sunday's game.

How to watch Arsenal vs Aston Villa on TV

  • When is kick-off? Sunday 14 April
  • What time is kick-off? 16:30 (GMT)
  • Where is it played? Emirates Stadium
  • TV channel/live stream? Sky Ultra HD, SKY GO Extra, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League (UK) / NBC Sports App, SiriusXM FC, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Telemundo, USA Network, (US) / fuboTV
  • Referee? David Coote

Arsenal team news

Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard deserve to come into Arteta's team / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Arteta will have to shuffle his pack somewhat given that this bout arrives in between the duels with Bayern.

There's not much to report on the injury front. It's just a matter of when Jurrien Timber will return to competitive action having been in training for over a month.

Takehiro Tomiyasu, Thomas Partey, Leandro Trossard, and Gabriel Jesus could all come into Arsenal's XI.

Aston Villa team news

Douglas Luiz picked up his tenth yellow card of the Premier League season late on against Brentford and is suspended for Sunday's game as a result.

Emery does have John McGinn to call upon, although he's still without Boubacar Kamara, Tyrone Mings and Emi Buendia.

The visitors are also likely to be without Matty Cash and Jacob Ramsey on Sunday.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa predicted lineups

Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Partey, Rice, Odegaard; Saka, Jesus, Trossard.

Aston Villa: Martinez; Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Moreno; Tielemans, McGinn; Rogers, Diaby; Bailey, Watkins.

Arsenal's recent form





Arsenal 2-2 Bayern Munich

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Brighton 0-3 Arsenal

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Arsenal 3-0 Luton Town

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Man City 0-0 Arsenal

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Arsenal 1-0 (4-2p) FC Porto

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Aston Villa's recent form





Aston Villa 2-1 Lille

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Aston Villa 3-3 Brentford

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Man City 4-1 Aston Villa

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Aston Villa 2-0 Wolves

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West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa score prediction

Both teams will be feeling it on Sunday, but each side needs three points for different reasons. While Arsenal are chasing the title, Villa are aiming to secure a Champions League spot for next season and their recent indifference has seen Tottenham take pole position in the race for fourth spot.

Villa recently folded at the Etihad and will be without key midfielder Douglas Luiz at the Emirates. Arsenal, meanwhile, should be fresher but they could be welcomed by a rather tense home-faithful should City and Liverpool both win before kick-off.

Thus, I'm expecting this to be one of the Gunners' toughest games of the run-in, with a physical, bitty affair in store. Emery's side might frustrate, but Arteta's men will find a way.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa