Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Prediction: Brighton and Hove Albion vs Aston Villa

Prediction: Aston Villa to win 3-1

Best Odds: 14/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

Brighton and Hove Albion and Aston Villa will lock horns with each other in the Premier League next weekend. The match between Roberto De Zerbi’s side and Unai Emery’s team will be held at the American Express Stadium and is scheduled to kick off at 2 pm UK time on Sunday.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton and Hove Albion did extremely well last season and finished as high as sixth in the Premier League table. At one point, the Seagulls were even competing for the title. However, Roberto De Zerbi’s side have not been particularly great this campaign, especially in recent months, and are now unlikely to even end up in the top half of the standings.

The Seagulls are as low as 12th in the Premier League table with 44 points from 34 matches. Brighton are four points behind Bournemouth, who are 10th and looked like they were going to get relegated to the Championship for much of the season. Even Chelsea have crept up above them in the standings.

Brighton will head into the Premier League game against Aston Villa next weekend on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth away from home in the league. It came after a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City in front of their fans, which followed a 1-1 draw with Burnley away from home at Turf Moor. 

Team News:

Brighton and Hove Albion are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Bart Verbruggen will be in goal for the Seagulls and will have Odeluga Offiah, Lewis Dunk, Igor Julio and Valentín Barco in front of him in defence. Pascal Gross and Billy Gilmour will be the two holding midfielders. Facundo Buonanotte, Joao Pedro and Simon Adingra will be the three attacking midfielders. Mark O’Mahony will lead the line for Roberto De Zerbi’s side.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa are going places under former Arsenal manager Unai Emery. Not many fancied Villa to do much of note in the Premier League at the start of the season except maybe try to finish in the UEFA Europa League places, but now there is a very good chance that they could end up fourth and win a major European trophy.

The Villans are fourth in the Premier League table at the moment with 67 points from 35 matches. Villa are seven points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who are fifth and have played 33 games. Unai Emery’s side have destiny in their own hands.

Villa played out a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Villa Park in the Premier League this past weekend. They will take on Olympiakos at home in the first leg of the UEFA Europa Conference League semi-finals on Thursday evening before facing Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League next Sunday.

Team News:

Aston Villa are likely to line up in a 4-4-1-1 formation against Brighton and Hove Albion. With Emiliano Martinez injured, Robin Olsen will be in goal for Unai Emery’s side. Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Pau Torres and Lucas Digne will be the four defenders. Leon Bailey, Youri Tielemans, David Luiz and Morgan Rogers will be the two midfielders. John McGinn will be the playmaker and will have Ollie Watkins in front of him as the lone striker.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Brighton and Hove Albion have lost 4 of their last 6 Premier League games.
  • Brighton and Hove Albion have conceded 57 goals in 34 Premier League games this season.
  • Aston Villa have won 3 of their last 6 Premier League matches.
  • Aston Villa have scored 73 goals in 35 Premier League matches this season.
  • Ollie Watkins has scored 26 goals and given 12 assists in 48 matches in all competitions for Aston Villa this campaign.

Conclusion

Brighton and Hove Albion are struggling at the moment and are in bad form. Aston Villa are flying. The Villans have the better team, and it is hard to envisage anything but a win for Unai Emery’s side in this particular game.

Prediction: Aston Villa to win 3-1

Best Odds: 14/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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