first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rsenal have beaten Villa by an aggregate of 8-0 in their two Premier League games this season so it’s easy to see why they are 8/15 favourites to defend their FA Cup title inside 90 minutes at Wembley.The teams finished third and 17th in the table with Villa narrowly escaping relegation.Arsenal’s striker Danny Welbeck misses the match after failing to recover from a knee injury but there could be starts for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mathieu Debuchy and captain Mikel Arteta who are all back in training after recent injuries.For Villa, Dhay Given is fit after recovering from a groin injury and Aly Cissokho (groin), Kieran Richardson (calf) and Jores Okore (knee) have also trained. Ciaran Clark misses the final with a knee injury.Arsenal’s midfielder Aaron Ramsey was the hero last season when he scored an extra-time winner to beat Hull 3-2 and gave Arsenal their first trophy in nine years.Ramsey said: “To score a winner in the FA Cup final, it’s everybody’s dream and I managed to live it. To finally win something after all those years and the pressure that has been put on this club was such a nice feeling of relief to finally win something. We never do it easy. We’ve experienced what it’s like now, going a few goals behind early in the game, but we still believed in ourselves and our ability to get through it.”Arsenal v Aston VillaFA Cup Final5.30pm BBC1 / BT SPORTSTAR SPORTS BET (subject to change) 8/15 Arsenal 11/2 Aston Villa 16/5 DRAWHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2015 Premier Arsenal 5-0 Aston VillaSep 2014 Premier Aston Villa 0-3 ArsenalJan 2014 Premier Aston Villa 1-2 ArsenalAug 2013 Premier Arsenal 1-3 Aston VillaFeb 2013 Premier Arsenal 2-1 Aston VillaNov 2012 Premier Aston Villa 0-0 ArsenalMar 2012 Premier Arsenal 3-0 Aston VillaJan 2012 FA Cup Arsenal 3-2 Aston VillaDec 2011 Premier Aston Villa 1-2 ArsenalMay 2011 Premier League Arsenal 1-2 Aston VillaTeamsArsenal (from): Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Walcott, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud, Szczesny, Gabriel, Monreal, Debuchy, Coquelin, Cazorla, Rosicky, Flamini, Arteta.Aston Villa (from): Guzan, Given, Lowton, Hutton, Senderos, Bacuna, Vlaar, Okore, Baker, Richardson, Cissokho, Delph, Cleverley, Westwood, Grealish, Cole, Sanchez, Gil, Sinclair, N’Zogbia, Benteke, Weimann, Agbonlahor.I’m expecting Arsenal not to make life too difficult for themselves this year and get out of the blocks a bit quicker.Arsenal to be winning at both HT and FT can be backed at around 6/5 on Star Sports and looks the bet.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK ARSENAL to be winning at HT and FT for 15 points at around 6/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 17.19 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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