PL Stories - Ep 18Nov 30
Brighton vs Aston Villa: Match preview, predicted line-ups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch
Two new managers meet as Brighton face Aston Villa at the Amex. Can Roberto De Zerbi's side stay in the chase for European football or will Unai Emery continue Villa's revival?
When and where to watch Brighton vs Aston Villa
Brighton vs Aston Villa kicks off at 2pm on Sunday 13 November.
You can catch all the action from the Amex Stadium on NOW via BT TV.
Brighton vs Aston Villa match preview
Two new managers meet at the Amex in Sunday's early match-up in the Premier League.
Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi is looking for his third win in a row after a tricky start to life on the south coast which saw his side go five matches without a victory.
Villa's new manager Unai Emery started life back in the Premier League with a bang - a 3-1 home win against Manchester United last weekend.
Brighton are often criticised for lacking a cutting edge in front of goal, but the Seagulls put three past Wolves at the weekend with Leandro Trossard starting ahead of their recognised striker Danny Welbeck.
Under Steven Gerrard, Villa only managed to score seven goals in the Premier League this season.
Since he left the club, they've managed to score seven goals in three matches - a 4-0 win against Brentford and a 3-1 victory over Manchester United sandwiching a 4-0 reverse at high-flying Newcastle. The question is whether they can keep it up under their new boss.
It will be an intriguing match against Brighton where both managers are putting their own stamp on their respective clubs.
Brighton vs Aston Villa predicted lineups
Brighton: (4-2-3-1) Sanchez; Gross, Webster, Dunk, Estupinan, Mac Allister, Caicedo, March, Lallana, Mitoma, Trossard.
Aston Villa: (4-2-2-2) Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne, J Ramsey, Douglas Luiz, Dendoncker, Buendia, Bailey, Watkins.
Brighton vs Aston Villa: Injuries and suspensions
Aston Villa will be without Philippe Coutinho until after the World Cup.
The Brazilian picked up a muscle injury in training which kept him out of last weekend's clash against Manchester United and means he won't be going to Qatar.
Form (last 6 matches)
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Brighton vs Aston Villa: Form guide
Brighton have won two on the spin after their surprising 4-1 hammering of Chelsea, they won away at Wolves thanks to a late Pascal Gross goal last time out.
Their return to form sees them sitting sixth in the table, but it's very congested between that European spot and mid-table, with just two points seperating them and their rivals Crystal Palace going into this weekend's round of fixtures.
Brighton have been playing some decent football without always getting the results to match. De Zerbi will be hoping for a hat-trick of wins before the World Cup break.
Their win away at Arsenal in the Carabao Cup in mid-week will give them an extra confidence boost heading into the Villa match. The Seagulls won 3-1, with goals from Welbeck, Kaoru Mitoma and Tariq Lamptey.
Emery took charge of his first match as Aston Villa boss at the weekend, and what an introduction it was.
The Villans beat Man Utd 3-1 in front of their own fans to give the Villa Park faithful hope of a bright future under his stewardship.
In the two matches before the Spaniard's arrival interim manager Aaron Danks oversaw a 4-0 victory over Brentford before being on the end of a 4-0 defeat to Newcastle.
The hope is that Emery steadies the ship and brings some consistency to the club, which has a group of players capable of finishing higher in the league than 13th, which is where they currently find themselves.
He said what?!
Adam Lallana on manager Roberto De Zerbi's impact at Brighton:
“It’s nothing that I’ve experienced before in my career in how he coaches.
“He is very, very hands-on.
“Before he came in, I thought I’d had a great experience with the managers I’ve worked for.
“Then he enters the building and I’m blown away by his ideas and how he sees the game.
“It’s another string to my bow in terms of experience and just keep learning.
“It’s incredible to be 34 and still think you know nothing in the game.”
Brighton vs Aston Villa: Players to watch
Brighton have players who'll be looking to make a mark at the World Cup and Brighton manager De Zerbi will be hoping they can still put in a performance this close to the big tournament.
Japanese international Mitoma has looked dangerous in a Brighton shirt this season and scored his first goal for the club last weekend. It was his run towards the box which led to Nelson Semedo's sending off too.
Trossard has been a threat for Brighton all season, assisting and scoring for the Seagulls. Belgium's squad is packed with superstars, but Trossard deserves his place alongside them.
Brighton vs Aston Villa: Key stats
- Brighton have won back-to-back Premier League games, having won none of their first five under Roberto De Zerbi (D2 L3). The Seagulls haven't won three consecutive league games since October 2018 under Chris Hughton.
- Both Brighton and Aston Villa have scored a league-high six Premier League goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season. For Aston Villa, it accounts for 43% of their total goals scored this season, and with five of those six strikes coming in their last three games.
- Aston Villa are winless in their last eight Premier League away games (D2 L6), with only Nottingham Forest (1) scoring fewer on the road than the Villans this term (3). They last had a longer run without an away win in the top-flight between August 2015 and September 2019 (21 games).
- There are just two players to have had 10+ shots on target without scoring a Premier League goal so far this term – Brighton pair Solly March (11) and Danny Welbeck (10).