England Premier League
Saturday 21st November 2020
Kick off at 3pm GMT
Venue: Villa Park
Suddenly because of the way Aston Villa have started the season their fixture with Brighton on Saturday is much more important and will receive more attention that it typically ought to.
It is still staggering to witness Dean Smith’s side start the campaign so well after being one game from relegation last season, which of course was only back in July. The club are in sixth place but only 3 points behind current league leaders Leicester and after a two game wobble bounced back in amazing style to beat Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates.
Without that win over the Gunners in London one could have thought that Villa’s early form had deserted them but that victory has surely given the club something else to believe in. On top of that Jack Grealish is having his best season so far as a player and has also impressed with England on international duty. Having a player like Grealish at this time even in the dressing room is going to give Villa a huge confidence boost and they will fancy winning this game at home. Having said that Villa have lost their last 2 home games, but that fact may only add to an inevitable win here, surely they won’t make it 3 on a bounce especially after the Arsenal win?
Brighton are down in 16th place and have just one win so far. The worry for them is that Leeds are one place above and a 4 point gap has already developed. Graham Potter’s side have actually only lost one game from their last four but the other three have ended in draws. The clubs last game ended 0-0 at home to Burnley which was seen as a disappointing result.
The club’s only win of the season did actually come on the road when they beat Newcastle 3-0 in what now looks like a surprising result. Their last away game ended in a 2-1 loss at Tottenham.
Aston Villa: The club have no major injuries coming into this encounter.
Brighton: Aaron Connolly picked up a hamstring injury whilst on international duty though it is thought not be serious and he will face a test for this game. Leandro Trossard is being tipped to return for this match after his thigh injury. Chritsian Walton is back in training and will face an assessment because of fitness issues.
Aston Villa vs Brighton Head to Head:
Last season this fixture ended 2-1 to Aston Villa.
The clubs have played each other six times in the last 10 years and every match has seen both teams to score.
Jack Grealish has scored in both Premier League fixtures v Brighton last season.
Aston Villa vs Brighton Prediction:
We think this fixture could be poised for a home win that could be led from the middle of the field by Jack Grealish. It’s all very well that Villa have already beaten the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal this season but it is these games where the club will ultimately be judged for their consistency.
Brighton whilst not being pushovers do not look like they have much to offer and when we see how good Villa can be coming forward we think they have a good chance of grabbing the win in this match. However proceed with some caution given how the league season has started, which is why we will also cover the draw in our bet.
Aston Villa vs Brighton Betting Tips:
Draw no bet (Aston Villa) at 1.57
Anytime goalscorer: Jack Grealish at 3.25
Both teams to score at 1.62