Opta Big Match Stats: Arsenal to win it before half time

Olivier Giroud has averaged over a goal every two starts since signing for Arsenal in 2012
Olivier Giroud averages over a goal every two starts for Arsenal

Aston Villa have a great Emirates record, but these Opta stats hint that they will struggle there this term...

"Arsenal’s last five goals against Aston Villa all arrived between the 32nd and 36th minutes."
Recommended Bet: Back Arsenal to lead at half time and full time @ 4/51.81

Arsenal v Aston Villa
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Match Odds: Arsenal 2/71.29, Aston Villa 14/115.0, The Draw 5/16.2

Aston Villa have gone eight hours and 42 minutes of Premier League football without scoring

If there is a positive spin that can be applied to Aston Villa's terrible offensive record this season, nobody has thought of it yet. They have managed a brutal 11 goals in 22 Premier League games, and are regressing rather than improving, firing five successive blanks even though they faced no team higher than eighth in that period. They are at their most timid on their travels, netting just twice over the duration of their previous nine road trips, which equates to 13-and-a-half hours of football.

Recommended Bet: Back Arsenal to keep a clean sheet @ 4/51.78


Arsenal's last five goals against Aston Villa all arrived between the 32nd and 36th minutes

The Gunners have encountered difficulty putting away Aston Villa in the past, to such an extent that they have only triumphed in three of their eight meetings at the Emirates Stadium, but they seem to be gradually conquering the bogey factor, striking five times across the most recent two showdowns. The fact that all those goals arrived before the interval allows punters to be confident that they will be ahead at half time and, as Villa hardly ever score, this should translate into a full-time victory too.

Recommended Bet: Back Arsenal to lead at half time and full time @ 4/51.81


Olivier Giroud has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances

Giroud's three-month injury absence in the first half of the season wasn't really mourned, especially as Alexis Sanchez was notching at a stunning rate for a Premier League newcomer rarely fielded as a lead forward. However, Arsenal have profited massively from having the French international back. The five-match sequence featuring his latest four goals was interrupted by a ban, yet has been one of their best of 2014/15, encompassing wins over Newcastle, QPR, Stoke and at Man City, as well as a draw at Liverpool.

Recommended Bet: Back Giroud to score @ 10/111.92

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