Aston Villa and Arsenal will both look to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they contest the lunchtime kick off at Villa Park on Saturday.
Villa were comfortably beaten at home by an impressive West Ham United outfit midweek, with debutant Jesse Lingard bagging a brace for the Hammers.
Arsenal meanwhile fell victim to Wolves who won 2-1 at Molineux on Tuesday, with a seemingly harsh red card for David Luiz a major talking point.
For Villa, defeat to West Ham would have been a blow to their hopes of a European finish, particularly with Everton picking up a win in their game with Leeds.
Arsenal meanwhile still have plenty to do if they are to mount a charge for European football next season – the 10th placed Gunners have played two games more than Villa and sit a place and a point behind them in the Premier League table.
A Joao Moutinho screamer was enough to condemn Mikel Arteta’s side to defeat on the road last time out against Wolves, a game which saw two Arsenal players shown red cards.
David Luiz was sent off in harsh fashion after inadvertently clipping Wanderers’ striker Willian Jose, before goalkeeper Bernd Leno saw red for a moment of madness in which he deliberately handled the ball outside the penalty area after coming flying out.
The double dismissal means Arsenal have now has 9 players sent off since Mikel Arteta took charge at the Emirates in December 2019, three times as many as any other Premier League club in that time.
Not only will Arsenal be without Luiz and Leno (the Gunners’ appeal of the Brazilian’s red card was unsuccessful), but also defenders Pablo Mari and Kieran Tierney are doubts to face Aston Villa due to injury.
The home side meanwhile have just two injuries to contend with – Dean Smith won’t have Wesley or Kortney Hause at his disposal against The Arsenal with both players long-term Villa absentees.
Aston Villa v Arsenal is a 12.30pm kick off on Saturday 6th February.