Knowing that defeat on Tuesday night could see them hit with an immediate Championship return this summer, Aston Villa will welcome a high-flying Arsenal to the Midlands in midweek.
Watching Everton snatch what could turn out to be a crucial late equalizer at Goodison Park last week, Dean Smith’s side still find themselves sat three points adrift in the bottom-three and have landed just a single top-flight victory since January 21st.
On the flip side, shocking many across the country and booking their spot in the final of this year’s FA Cup thanks to a 2-0 win against Manchester City over the weekend, the mood in North London should be on the rise.
Now landing back-to-back victories against the Sky Blues and newly-crowned champions Liverpool over the past week, Tuesday’s guests should also be boosted by what is a rampant record against the relegation scrappers.
Picking up a 3-2 win when the two sides faced off earlier in the season, the Gunners have won each of their last seven consecutive meetings against Villa. You might be interested to know that a similar outcome in midweek can be found priced at 21/20 with Coral.
Heartbreak for Villa
Despite being just minutes away from leaving Goodison Park with what would have been a priceless victory, Theo Walcott’s 88th-minute header left Dean Smith’s side visibly heartbroken.
With just two Premier League contests remaining and still sat three points adrift of safety with an unenviable task on Tuesday, the former Brentford boss has now seen his side manage to win just a pair of their last 13 top-flight appearances.
Despite breaking the bank last summer following their Premier League return, Smith has seen his side gain a worrying reputation for gifting late goals from winning positions.
With only relegation outsiders West Ham throwing away more points from winning positions, Villa have shipped 17 Premier League goals in the final 15 minutes of action this season, more than any other side in England’s top-flight.
Appearing to be in need of a minor miracle and this likely to be Jack Grealish’s last home contest at Villa Park, you might be interested to know that another strike past the 76th-minute on Tuesday can be found priced at 5/6 with William Hill.
Arsenal make a real statement
Despite opening Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City as a huge underdog with the bookmakers, Mikel Arteta really got one over on his former mentor in some style.
Putting in what was a rugged display at Wembley and picking up a shock 2-0 victory against the now-former Premier League champions, Arsenal have bounced back from their derby defeat earlier in the month.
Winning six of their last eight matchups across all competitions and continuing to show some real improvements, Arteta will be hugely excited by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s latest purple patch.
Becoming just the fourth Arsenal player to score a competitive brace at Wembley over the weekend, the Gabon ace has continued to enjoy another stellar campaign in North London, despite confusion over his future this summer.
Putting in a Man of the Match display on Saturday, the former Borussia Dortmund striker has recorded 25 goals across all formats this year and still finds himself in the race to lift back-to-back Golden Boots.
Finding the net against Villa earlier in the season, you might be interested to know that Aubamyang can be found priced at 20/21 with Ladbrokes to extend on his tally in midweek.