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Arsenal vs Aston Villa - WSL: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Ali Rampling
Arsenal face Villa in the WSL on Sunday
Arsenal face Villa in the WSL on Sunday / Visionhaus/GettyImages
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Arsenal will look to close the gap between themselves and WSL leaders Chelsea as they host Aston Villa on Sunday.

The Gunners currently sit four points behind Emma Hayes' side with a game in hand, and need to continue picking up three points to ensure the title race goes down to the final day of the season.

They face a Villa side who are proving increasingly difficult to beat, having taken points off Manchester United and Tottenham in recent weeks.


How to watch Arsenal vs Aston Villa on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Sunday 1 May, 14:15 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Meadow Park
TV channel/live stream? BBC One/iPlayer, (UK), FA Player (international)
Highlights? BBC Sport website, FA Player
Referee? Lisa Benn


Arsenal team news

Rafaelle remains a doubt for Arsenal, having not featured for the Gunners since 6 March due to injury. Tobin Heath will not play a part in the remaining run in, after suffering a hamstring strain and agreeing to terminate her Arsenal contract on Thursday.

Otherwise Arsenal have a fully fit squad to chose from, and could line up just as they did during the comfortable win over Everton last time out.


Aston Villa team news

Aston Villa will be without Remi Allen, after it was confirmed the midfielder ruptured her ACL during Villa's draw with Manchester United. Arsenal loanie Anna Patten is also out for the remainder of the season due to glandular fever.

Carla Ward confirmed that Jill Scott remains unavailable, while Chloe Arthur is added to their absentee list. Due to Villa's stretched squad, five players from the club's Under-18s will make the trip to Borehamwood.

Hannah Hampton is available once more, but Sian Rogers could continue between the sticks following her player of the match performance against Manchester United.


Arsenal vs Aston Villa predicted lineups

Arsenal (4-3-3): Zinsberger; Maritz, Williamson, Wubben-Moy, Catley; Walti, Little, Miedema; Mead, Blackstenius, Foord

Aston Villa (4-3-3): Rogers; Mayling, Corsie, Asante, Pacheco; Littlejohn, Blindkilde, McLoughlin; Lehman, Gielnik, Petzelberger


Arsenal vs Aston Villa prediction

Aston Villa have really upped their stubbornness as the season has progressed, frustrating Manchester United last time out and coming within a whisker of taking points off Chelsea in March.

Arsenal stepped up when needing a win against Everton in their last outing - in emphatic style - and although it won't be as comfortable on Sunday, they should still have enough about them to take all three points and keep up the pressure on Chelsea.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa


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