It’s crunch time for Aston Villa in the Premier League relegation scrap as they entertain Arsenal on Tuesday night.
Villa head in to the clash in 18th place in the table, one of the three relegation places – and 3 points behind 17th placed Watford with 2 games to play.
Watford play Manchester City earlier on Tuesday and that game will have a big impact on the complexion of the fixture if the Hornets turn in an unlikely result.
An improbable Watford win over City, and Villa are all but relegated.
For Arsenal, they’ll be buoyed by reaching the FA Cup final on Saturday, with a 2-0 win over Manchester City at Wembley.
Mikel Arteta will have been delighted with his side’s showing against his former employers, and his Gunners team will now face Chelsea in the final for a chance to add to their record 13 FA Cup titles.
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith continues to contend with injury issues, with Tom Heaton, Wesley, Neil Taylor and Bjorn Engels all unavailable.
A boost for Villa is that defender Kortney Hause has passed a late fitness test after picking up an abdominal strain.
Arsenal have several players sidelined themselves, with Gabriel Martinelli, Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers all out.
Matteo Guendouzi is unlikely to feature after a bust up with manager Mikel Arteta, and may well have played his last game for the club.
Eddie Nketiah could return to lead the line against Villa after serving his three game suspension, and Mesut Ozil is said to have recovered from a back problem.
Aston Villa v Arsenal at Villa Park is an 8.15pm kick off on Tuesday, 21 July.