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Brighton arrive at Villa Park on Saturday for the Premier League tie with home team Aston Villa.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Aston Villa v Brighton are shown below (including the best match odds).
Aston Villa will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following a 0-3 Premier League success over Arsenal.
In that game, Aston Villa had 42% possession and 15 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Aston Villa was Ollie Watkins (72', 75'). At the other end, Arsenal got 13 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Bukayo Saka (25' Own goal) was the scorer for Arsenal.
Matches featuring Aston Villa have proved to be absorbing encounters recently with plenty of scoring anticipated. Over their past six games alone, a total of 24 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 4 goals per game) with 14 of those accredited to The Villans. That aside, it remains to be seen if such a trend shall be maintained in this upcoming game.
Brighton & Hove Albion
In their last game, Brighton drew 0-0 in the Premier League tie with Burnley.
In that game, Brighton & Hove Albion had 59% possession and 19 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Burnley got 4 attempts on goal with 1 on target.
The numbers tell their own story, and Brighton have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 11 goals in total. Defensively, The Seagulls have clearly had some problems.
Head to head
Checking on their prior head-to-head clashes going back to 23/01/2010 shows us that Aston Villa have won 3 of these & Brighton 0, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 3.
A combined sum of 18 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 11 of them from The Villans and 7 being from The Seagulls. That’s an average goals per game of 3.
The previous league contest between these clubs was Premier League match day 23 on 18/01/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Aston Villa.
On that day, Brighton & Hove Albion had 55% possession and 9 shots at goal with 2 on target. Their only player to score was Leandro Trossard (38').
At the other end, Aston Villa had 8 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Jack Grealish (75') scored.
The match was refereed by Andrew Madley.
Team News: Aston Villa
Availability isn’t a big problem, with just a single fitness concern for the Aston Villa gaffer Dean Smith to contend with from an otherwise complete group. Wesley (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t play.
Team News: Brighton
Due to a mostly healthy group, there is just the lone fitness issue for the Brighton boss Graham Potter to be concerned about. Florin Andone (Ruptured cruciate ligament) won’t be in action.
Our assessment is that Brighton will likely create enough chances to score a goal against this Aston Villa side, although it realistically won’t be as many as they’ll concede.
We’re going for both teams to score in a 2-1 advantage for Aston Villa at the end of the match. It’s a very tough call.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Villa Park (42,095)
Captain: Jack Grealish
Chairman: Nassef Sawiris
Manager: Dean Smith
Competitions: Premier League position 6
🔑 Key Player: Jack Grealish
Usually taking to the field in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Jack Grealish was born in Birmingham, England. Having played his first senior match for Notts County in the 2013 - 2014 season, the accomplished Midfielder has contributed 4 league goals in this Premier League 2020 - 2021 season so far in 7 appearances.