Brighton & Hove Albion’s final outing before the World Cup kicks into gear in a little over a week’s time is set to play out at the Amex Stadium this coming Sunday afternoon.
The clash in question will see the Seagulls play host to Unai Emery’s Aston Villa.
Brighton, of course, will head into proceedings brimming with confidence, in the midst of a stellar stretch of recent form.
Under the watch of Roberto De Zerbi, the seasiders have rattled off a trio of successive victories, dating back to the end of October.Open in new window
The most recent came in midweek, when a heavily rotated XI nevertheless proved too much for Arsenal at the Emirates, en route to sending Mikel Arteta’s Premier League table-toppers packing from the Carabao Cup.
Safe to say, then, that Brighton will head into Sunday’s showdown with Villa with sights set firmly on all three points.
Which players, though, are expected to be at the disposal of Roberto De Zerbi? And, perhaps even more importantly, who will not?
Below, we take a look at precisely that.
Predicted Brighton lineup vs Aston Villa
A short list of absentees facing Brighton ahead of the weekend’s action in England’s top-flight both starts and ends with Jakub Moder.
Midfielder Moder was forced to undergo surgery after rupturing his ACL earlier this year.
The Pole, as a result, is not expected to mark his return to the pitch until 2023.