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Craig Porter 24th Dec 2008 - 16:29

Are Wenger's boys goners?

Arsene Wenger takes his Arsenal team to meet Aston Villa in Boxing Day's live tea-time kick-off.

Defeat to third-placed Villa will surely put an end to Arsenal's Premier League title challenge and will complete a six-point haul from the Gunners for Martin O'Neil's side.

When they met in November at the Emirates Stadium, Aston Villa won the game 2-0 against the odds but go into Friday's game as the 6/4 favourites.

Arsenal are possibly too short at 15/8 considering they're missing a few key players but, if you consider their performances against the other traditional Big Four sides, they can't be written off completely.

Wenger will do well to remind his side that Aston Villa are, in many people's opinion, close to replacing Arsenal as a Big Four club with this season's form. If they go at Villa the same way they took on Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool last week then they could seek some revenge for the 2-0 defeat in the home leg of this tie.

Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored nine goals in 18 Premier League performances - one every other game, by my reckoning. Having failed to net last week it would seem an appropriate time to avail oneself of the 2/1 about him to score at any time in the match. Incidentally, he scored the winner last time the sides met.

The game is likely to be a tight one with so much at stake - a place in next year's Champions League for one - and we might have to wait until after half-time before there's a breakthrough in the match. A bet on the double result Draw half-time/Villa full time pays 9/2 and seems a value bet. If you think it will be Arsenal's day then 9/2 is the Draw/Arsenal price too.

It's going to be a tense day for all involved which could make it difficult to predict exactly how the teams will approach the encounter. You could always watch a bit of the game then place your bet during the match as we'll have live prices available right up to the 90th minute.

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