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Brighton vs Aston Villa: Predictions
Graham Potter’s side was brought down to earth after their stunning back-to-back victories over Tottenham and then Liverpool on Saturday as they drew 1-1 away to Burnley. The unexpected seven points over the last three games has dragged the Seagulls up the table to 15th place.
Aston Villa rebounded from their 3-1 defeat at home to West Ham with an encouraging 1-0 victory against Arsenal as Dean Smith’s side look to solidify their spot in the top half of the Premier League table.
Ollie Watkins has found his feet again after a lengthy drought in front of the goal. The 25-year-old has scored four goals in the last five league games which has taken his tally in the league up to double figures.
It was Brighton which took the points in the earlier meeting this season, however, Saturday’s visitors to the south coast will have an extra few days on rest on their hosts after Brighton’s FA Cup defeat to Leicester on Wednesday night.
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Brighton vs Aston Villa: Match Stats
Matt Targett has recorded the second-most tackles for Aston Villa this season with 46 – only behind Matty Cash (53). The left-back has played a huge role in Villa’s success this season and will be called upon on Saturday night as they face a Brighton side who have stunned both Liverpool and Tottenham in recent weeks.
Jack Grealish has been a joy to watch this season and the Villa midfielder leads their assists tally with 10 in the league alone. Six assists clear of second-placed John McGinn, anything which Villa do going forward is likely to be a result of something Grealish has produced.
21 November 2020 – Aston Villa 1-2 Brighton – Premier League
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
7 May 2017 – Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton – Championship
There are actually very few meetings between these two sides with only 26 games in the history of the two clubs. Villa have had taken the points in half of those meetings whilst Brighton have only managed to do so in five. Despite their poor record against Villa, Potter will have his sights on doing the league double over Villa this season.