After a weekend of full excitement in the FA Cup, the Premier League returns to action this Tuesday with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal looking to get closer to the lead in Nottingham and Unai Emery’s Aston Villa longing for the same, hosting Newcastle at Villa Park. The Gunners, third in the standings, have the same number of games played as Liverpool, first with 48 points, and one less than Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, second with 43 points. Emery’s ‘villains’ have the same score, fourth and with the sole objective of not letting go of the ‘Champions zone’ of the top 4.
It sounds like an easy date for Arteta’s team against Nottingham Forest, 16th ranked and with the relegation zone pressing from behind. However, it will be a place of bad memories for Arsenal. Last season, it was at the City Ground where they said goodbye definitively to the dream of the Premier League championship after spending the entire season close to glory. Awoniyi’s solitary goal was punishment enough for the Gunners, who come into the match with just one win in their last four league games.
Waiting for a stumble from the Londoners There will be Aston Villa, who are playing to continue in the race for the ‘top 4’ of the classification by hosting Newcastle. The ‘Magpies’, totally in the doldrums after losing four in a row in the Premier League, are the right rival for Emery’s men to recover their feelings after the tough 0-0 draws at Goodison Park and Stamford Bridge in the league and the FA Cup. . , respectively. Emery will attend the appointment without Jhon Durán, Ollie Watkins’ rotation forward who will be out for a few weeks. Neither will he have Pau Torres, injured, nor Bertrand Traoré, in the Africa Cup with Burkina Faso.
Roberto de Zerbi’s Brighton will also see action visiting Luton Town (20:45), even without Ansu Fati. The Blaugrana is close to returning, although he will not be able to take part in the match at Kenilworth Road. Fulham-Everton will also take place this Tuesday (20:45), with Craven Cottage defeated after being eliminated in the FA Cup semi-finals at the hands of Liverpool, and Crystal Palace-Sheffield United (21:00).