Two sides with completing different starts to the Premier League 2020/21 campaign lock horns this weekend. Aston Villa will be looking to extend their good form at Villa Park this Saturday. The match kickoffs at 6 pm.
A 3-0 win at Emirates earned Villa three critical points that moved the side three points off the top spot with a game at hand. On the other hand, Brighton is entirely different, with only one win from their last eight games.
The new campaign provided various shocks, especially with Villa winning 7-2 against Liverpool two months ago. A 3-0 win against Arsenal was enough to respect Villa’s run of form in the Premier League.
Villa controlled the game from start to end, with Watkins getting another brace to his impressive goal tally of five goals. The win at Emirates came at the back of two defeats to Leeds United and Southampton.
Putting their form in context, the side have registered five wins from seven games. The side followed by scoring 18 goals. The previous season was the side take 19 games to reach five wins and 13 games to score 18 times.
On the other hand, Graham Potter is under immense pressure to register a Premier League win. Their goalless draw against Burnley summed up the Seagulls’ poor performance with 19 shots without a goal.
Aston Villa vs. Brighton Head to Head
Both sides have six games against each other, with Villa with three wins and Brighton without a win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Arsenal 0-3 Aston Villa
Aston Villa 3-4 Southampton
Aston Villa 0-3 Leeds United
Leicester City 0-1 Aston Villa
Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool
Brighton 0-0 Burnley
Tottenham 2-1 Brighton
Brighton 1-1 West Brom
Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton
Everton 4-2 Brighton
Aston Villa Team News
After their impressive display against Arsenal, Dean Smith will make minimal changes to the starting XI. Jack Grealish has been on three international duties for England without any injury.
Brighton Team News
Defender Lewis Dunk is back in the starting XI after serving a three-match suspension. The return of Dunk means Joel Veltman will have to make way. Solly March is pushing for fitness ahead of the clash, with Dan Burn looking more likely to get the nod to start at wing-back.
Prediction and Odds
The international break comes in handy for Graham Potter to regroup his side, but we expect the same form.
Aston Villa Win
Goals Under 2.5
Away: No Score