Brighton vs Aston Villa
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Amex Stadium.
The American Express Community Stadium will host Saturday’s football match between Brighton and Aston Villa, the two teams who sit in the danger zone in the Premier League standings. Brighton’s displays are much better than their results, but the Seagulls need to get back on course as soon as possible if they are to avoid relegation to the Championship.
A man to watch in the home team will be former Brentford attacker Neal Maupay, who has netted seven goals in the EPL so far this term. The Villans, on the other hand, suffered an embarrassing 6-1 loss to Man City at the weekend, with the team dropping to bottom three in the standings. Considering that Dean Smith’s troops are not regarded as good travellers, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Brighton’s party at The American Express Community Stadium.
Brighton & Hove Team News, Updates and Facts
Brighton Team News
Aaron Mooy – who was sent off when these teams last met – will be assessed after suffering a knock, but Leon Balogun is out, as are Dan Burn and Jose Izquierdo still. Pascal Gross and Solly March were among those on the bench last weekend pushing for a recall.
Brighton Key Players
Neal Maupay – Top of the goalscoring charts for the Seagulls this season, scoring seven and setting another one up.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh – Scored either side of the turn of the year to final open his Premier League tally. His equaliser against Chelsea was the most recent goal Brighton have scored.
Lewis Dunk – The commanding centre-back needs to take charge at the back, with Villa missing an out-and-out forward.
Brighton Team Form
Brighton have lost their last two matches 1-0 – at home to Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup and away to Everton in the Premier League. Their only goal of 2020 so far was Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s late equaliser in the 1-1 home draw with Chelsea on New Year’s Day.
Brighton Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line Up: 3-4-3
Brighton & Hove likely XI
- Goalkeeper:Mat Ryan
- Defenders:Adam Webster, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk
- Midfielders:Martin Montoya, Davy Propper, Dale Stephens, Bernardo
- Forwards:Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Neal Maupay, Leandro Trossard
Aston Villa Team News, Updates and Facts
Aston Villa Team News
Wesley’s ACL injury, which sees him join goalkeeper Tom Heaton in being ruled out until next season now, was another attacking blow for Villa, for whom Keinan Davis is not fully fit and Jonathan Kodjia has been attempting to overcome illness to get back to full fitness too. Kodjia and Matt Targett (hamstring) could be in line for a return from injury, but John McGinn remains a long-term absentee too. Danny Drinkwater made his debut last time out and Pepe Reina could make his this time, after both have signed on loan during this transfer window.
Aston Villa Key Players
Jack Grealish – Scored in both matches against Brighton so far this season, on his way to eight goals and six assists so far this season.
Conor Hourihane – Has netted seven times so far this season and also claimed two assists to make his mark on Villa’s Premier League return.
Anwar El Ghazi – His penalty against Manchester City takes him to six goals and six assists for the season up front.
Aston Villa Team Form
Aston Villa picked up some very important points over Christmas and then knocked Huddersfield out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win last Saturday. In the league, Danny Ings struck twice and Jack Stephens bagged the other in a 3-1 win at Aston Villa, before Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond scored to down Chelsea on Boxing Day. Ings has then scored in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace and the 1-0 win against Spurs on New Year’s Day.
Aston Villa Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 5-3-2
Aston Villa likely XI
- Goalkeeper:Pepe Reina
- Defenders:Ahmed El Mohamady, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Kourtney Hause, Matt Targett
- Midfielders:Marvelous Nkamba, Conor Hourihane, Henri Lansbury
- Forwards:Jack Grealish, Anwar El Ghazi