Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion odds and betting statistics
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Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion match preview
These two both finished in the European places last season, and the pair kick off in the top six once again, so who’s impressive start to the season will continue?
Hosts Aston Villa made it four wins out of six in the Premier League last Sunday by beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with Ollie Watkins the only scorer of the afternoon.
Then, on Wednesday night, Unai Emery’s side were knocked out of the Carabao Cup, beaten 2-1 by Everton, with Boubacar Kamara’s long-range strike coming too late to spark a comeback.
Nevertheless, given the Claret and Blue’s Europa Conference League commitments, falling at the first hurdle of the League Cup possibly isn’t the worst thing that could’ve happened.
Here, Villa have won both Premier League home matches so far, so will they keep that streak going?
Brighton & Hove Albion meantime also bowed out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, ousted 1-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
However, the same applies to the Seagulls, who may be distracted by the Europa League, although this hasn’t hampered Brighton’s league form, given that they sit third, three points clear of their hosts.
Roberto De Zerbi’s team made it three wins on the spin last weekend by coming from behind to defeat Bournemouth 3-1 at the Amex, with Kaoru Mitoma scoring twice, having been introduced at half time.
All six of Brighton’s Premier League matches this season have finished either 3-1 or 4-1, so this clash in the Midlands should guarantee goals.
Amazingly, Aston Villa have won each of their last four meetings with Brighton, winning both meetings 2-1 last season, having beaten them home-and-away 2-0 the year before.
The Seagulls have only defeated the Villans once in 16 attempts in the last 43 years, so who will prevail in this Saturday lunchtime offering at Villa Park?
Aston Villa team news
Robin Olsen, Leander Dendoncker, Youi Tielemans and Jhon Durán all come into the XI against Everton but, all in all, Unai Emery named a pretty strong XI for that Carabao Cup defeat.
Here though, Emi Martínez will be back in goal, while Ollie Watkins will lead the line, aiming to add to his four goals so far this season.
Predicted XI: (4-3-3): Martínez; Cash, Konsa, Torres, Digne; Douglas Luiz, Kamara, McGinn; Diaby, Watkins, Zaniolo.
Brighton & Hove Albion team news
Roberto De Zerbi continues to rotate his goalkeepers, with Bart Verbruggen starting the last two matches, taking his tally to four appearances for the season, while Jason Steele has also featured four times.
Midfielder Carlos Baleba came off the bench for his debut last weekend, before stating at Stamford Bridge, and he could be a key figure going forward.
Fit again Lewis Dunk could return at centre-back while, after changing the game off the bench against Bournemouth, Kaoru Mitoma and Ansu Fati are set to start this time.
Predicted XI (4-5-1): Steele; Veltman, Webster, van Hecke, Estupiñán; Gilmour, Groß, March, Ansu Fati, Mitoma; João Pedro.