Brighton vs Aston Villa betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

Brighton vs Aston Villa prediction: Brighton 2-1 Aston Villa

Two sides who are looking to steer clear of danger meet on the south coast.

Brighton have played well for a lot of this season but could still be sucked into the relegation dogfight.

A fight Villa are very much in and Dean Smith’s side are in desperate need of a victory.

Who will come out on top at the Amex?

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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Aston Villa: Who will win?

Hosts Brighton & Hove Albion are odds on favourites to win this one at 8/13.

Aston Villa did win their last Premier League away game but are 19/5 to repeat the feat.

A draw is 3/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/6.

Both teams to score is 8/13.

Brighton to win and over 2.5 goals is 5/4.

Brighton to win and both teams to score is 2/1.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Neal Maupay is Brighton’s top scorer this season. The Frenchman is 3/1 to break the deadlock and 19/20 to add to his tally.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh has been amongst the goals of late. He is 9/2 to score first and 13/8 to net anytime.

Jack Grealish, as always, will be Villa’s talisman. The captain is 15/2 to open the scoring and 13/5 to score again anytime.

Anwar El Ghazi will also be a threat. He is 8/1 to score first and 14/5 to score anytime.

Both Jahanbakhsh and Maupay to score is 9/2.

Both Lewis Dunk and Leandro Trossard to score is 22/1.

Both El Ghazi and Grealish to score is 14/1.

Both Tyrone Mings and Marvelous Nakamba to score is 290/1.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Aston Villa: Match preview

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: The Brighton and Hove Albion crest ahead of the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton FC at American Express Community Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Will Brighton just have enough to survive?

Last weekend, the Seagulls were pretty poor as they went down 1-0 at Goodison Park to Everton.

Prior to that though they had taken four points out of a possible six, beating Bournemouth and then drawing with Chelsea.

Although, those two matches were both at the Amex and 16 of their 24 points have been won at home.

Thus, it was no great surprise they were beaten on Merseyside seven days ago.

This could be a pivotal period of the season for the Seagulls though.

Their next four matches, including this one, are all against sides below them which is somewhat remarkable given that there are only six teams below them.

On Tuesday they travel to Bournemouth before visiting the London Stadium and then welcoming Watford.

If Graham Potter’s side gain a significant amount of points from those four, perhaps eight or more, then they’ll surely be fine.

If not, the remainder of the season could be scrap for survival.

Will Brighton be too strong for Villa and, at home, they’ll be confident of that being the case.

Aston Villa to get a much needed victory?

Aston Villa’s Wesley (centre) celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game with Trézéguet (left) and John McGinn during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

As for Aston Villa, they make the journey south off the back of a battering.

Last Sunday, the Villans were demolished 6-1 at home by Manchester City with their one a 91st minute penalty from Anwar El Ghazi.

It was a humbling and, even though they couldn’t have expected to get anything from that game, the manner of the defeat could be really damaging.

Prior to that, Dean Smith’s side had won two of their last three league games but they’re now back in the bottom three.

Like their hosts, Aston Villa have some crunch fixtures in the not too distant future.

On Tuesday they host Watford before facing a sinking Bournemouth, a struggling Spurs and an in form Southampton.

Their form is not great but they’re certainly not dead and buried, not by a long shot.

Away from Villa Park, they’ve won just twice but one of those did come at Turf Moor on New Years’ Day.

Also, ten days ago, they held Leicester City to a 1-1 draw in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at the King Power.

Will they battle to something on the road here too?

Brighton & Hove Albion team news vs Aston Villa

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Aaron Connolly of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates after he scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express Community Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Despite defeat last weekend, Graham Potter is unlikely to make too many changes.

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan was in the news last weekend.

There were 56 saves made in the Premier League last weekend, including five from the Aussie, so he donated A$ 28,000 to a bushfire relief fund.

Overall, he’s made the third-most saves in the league this season (80) and could be busy once again.

In defence, they switched to a back five for the trip to Everton but, in a winnable home game, will surely revert to a four here.

So, Shane Duffy will drop out with Adam Webster continuing alongside Lewis Dunk.

At full-back, Dan Burn is out with an injured collarbone so Bernardo will keep his place.

Martín Montoya will continue on the other side, chosen over Ezequiel Schelotto.

The change in system allows for an extra midfield player.

Aaron Mooy, who was sent off in the defeat at Villa in October, should be back in the side after a knock.

The Australian will join Dale Stephens and Davy Pröpper in the centre of the park.

Further forward, Leandro Trossard will continue on the left and, having scored in their last two home games, Alireza Jahanbakhsh should keep his place too.

Yves Bissouma, Solly March, Steven Alzate and Pascal Groß would be the midfielders to miss out.

Up front, Neal Maupay will be looking for his first goal since the draw at Palace on 12 December.

Glenn Murray will be his back-up with Aaron Connolly a doubt.

Will the Seagulls soar to a victory?

Aston Villa team news vs Brighton & Hove Albion

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: John McGinn of Aston Villa is seen during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Burnley FC at Villa Park on September 28, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As for Aston Villa, after last weekend’s mauling, Dean Smith might love to make lots of changes but simply does not have the options.

He does have a new goalkeeper to call upon.

With Tom Heaton and Jed Steer out, former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has joined on loan from A.C. Milan.

He’s won nine major honour in his career but could be busier than ever here.

Incidentally, Ørjan Nyland will make way between the sticks.

In defence, the back three of Kortney Hause, Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings will be unchanged.

Frédéric Guilbert will return at Ahmed Elmohamady’s expense on the right; Matt Targett is still injured so Neil Taylor will remain on the other side.

In midfield, there is still no John McGinn.

Danny Drinkwater’s debut did not go to plan last Sunday so he’s unlikely to retain his place.

Marvelous Nakamba is likely to return displacing both Drinkwater and Conor Hourihane, alongside Douglas Luiz.

Villa are likely to return to the 5-2-3 formation they used against Burnley and Leicester earlier this month.

With no Wesley, Jonathan Kodjia and Keinan Davis, they’ll have to play once more without a centre-forward.

Trézéguet and Anwar El Ghazi will continue to support talismanic figure Jack Grealish in a fluid front three.

The captain has scored in each of his last three matches against Brighton in all competitions and assisted in Aston Villa’s 2-1 win in the reverse fixture.

He has been directly involved in 14 goals in all competitions this season, 40% of goals scored when he’s on the field.

Can Villa spring a surprise in Sussex?

Predicted Brighton & Hove Albion line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Brighton & Hove Albion line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Brighton & Hove Albion line-up vs Aston Villa.

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Brighton & Hove Albion.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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