Aston Villa vs Brighton Preview & Prediction | 2023-24 English Premier League
When is Aston Villa vs Brighton on and what time does it start? Aston Villa vs Brighton will take place on Saturday 30th September, 2023 – 12:30 (UK)
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Aston Villa may have crashed out of the Carabao Cup to Everton midweek but their league form is excellent having won four of their five games since their heavy opening weekend defeat to Newcastle.
Last weekend saw them overcome a misfiring Chelsea team by a goal to nil at Stamford Bridge. Unai Emery's men were aided by a red card shown to opposition full-back Malo Gusto in the second half, and they made the extra man count when Ollie Watkins bagged his first Premier League goal of the season to seal a 0-1 win.
It's a similar story for Brighton, who were eliminated from the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, but are flying high in the Premier League right now as they sit in third place heading into the weekend's fixtures.
The Seagulls' latest league victory saw them overcome Bournemouth, although they did have to come from behind against the Cherries after a Bart Verbruggen error gifted Dominic Solanke with a golden opportunity that he duly converted. De Zerbi's men rallied though, with a Milos Kerkez own goal just before the break levelling matters. A second-half brace from substitute Kaoru Mitoma then sealed Brighton's fifth win in six league games.
THE TEAM NEWS
Unai Emery has one less option in attack after Leon Bailey sustained an injury against Everton on Wednesday, while Jacob Ramsey is dealing with an ongoing issue and is touch and go to the make the the squad on Saturday.
The Villa boss is likely to revert to largely the same side that he fielded against Chelsea last weekend.
PREDICTED XI (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Torres, Digne; Kamara, Luiz; McGinn, Diaby, Zaniolo; Watkins
UNAVAILABLE: Mings (Injured), Carlos (Injured), Buendia (Injured), Bailey (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Moreno (Fitness), Iroegbunam (Injured), Ramsey (Injured)
No player is guaranteed to start in De Zerbi's ever-changing line-up, not even the goalkeeper, but it would be a surprise if Kaoru Mitoma wasn't in the starting XI after his heroics last week, while Evan Ferguson will be considered after recovering from illness.
Adam Lallana misses out, while Pascal Gross is edging closer but wont be considered for this one.
PREDICTED XI (4-2-3-1): Steele, Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Estupinan; Dahoud, Gilmour; March, Welbeck, Mitoma; Ferguson
UNAVAILABLE: Moder (Injured), Gross (Injured), Lallana (Injured), Enciso (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Milner (Injured)
This is an excellent fixture to begin the weekend's Premier League action, with both sides in fine form in the Premier League. If there's one market you can rely upon when it comes to Brighton, it's both teams to score, as all six of their Premier League encounters this season have ended either 3-1 or 4-1, more often than not in their favour. Whichever way this Saturday lunchtime kick-off goes, expect both teams to find the net in what promises to be a pulsating game.
TIP: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE