Aston Villa vs Brighton: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Aston Villa will be hoping to continue their excellent start to the 2020/21 Premier League season when they host Brighton on Saturday afternoon.
Aston Villa vs Brighton: Predictions
Having fought against relegation last season, many expected Villa to have another tough campaign in 2020/21, but Dean Smith’s side have been excellent.
They are currently sixth in the table after seven games, winning five including that 7-2 victory over Liverpool in October. A run of four straight wins to start the campaign was ended by consecutive defeats against Leeds and Southampton but they returned to winning ways by beating Arsenal prior to the international break.
While Villa are enjoying their season, Brighton are yet to really get started. Graham Potter’s side are currently 16th, nine points behind their hosts this weekend, with just one win so far.
The Seagulls are winless in their past six games in the league, and before the international break they played an uninspiring goalless draw against Burnley.
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Aston Villa vs Brighton: Match Stats
Despite their low place in the table, Brighton haven’t been goal shy, scoring 11 so far this season. Aston Villa have also been deadly in front of goal, with only Tottenham and Chelsea scoring more than the Villans, while they also enjoy a good record against Brighton.
One Aston Villa player who seems to love playing against Brighton is Jack Grealish. The England international has found the net in each of his past four appearances against the Seagulls in all competitions, with his four goals his best tally against any opponent.
Aston Villa vs Brighton: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Brighton
Aston Villa vs Brighton: Head-to-Head
18 January 2020: Brighton 1-1 Aston Villa (Premier League)
19 October 2019: Aston Villa 2-1 Brighton (Premier League)
25 September 2019: Brighton 1-3 Aston Villa (League Cup)
07 May 2017: Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton (Championship)
18 November 2016: Brighton 1-1 Aston Villa (Championship)
Aston Villa go into this weekend’s game with a good record against Brighton, unbeaten in their past 10 games across all competitions. That run has included six wins with four draws since Brighton’s 1-0 victory in December 1980.
Brighton have also won just four times against Villa historically, compared to Villa’s 13 victories in this fixture.