Brighton v Aston Villa predictions: Entertaining tilt on the cards | Sports News

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Unai Emery’s first two games in charge of Villa produced plenty of action

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Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Brighton vs Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday

where to watch

Sky Sports Main Event & Premier League, 2:00 p.m. Sunday

Best bet

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals
1pt 13-10 Boyles, Coral, Ladbrokes

Team News

Jakob Muder remains Brighton’s only absentee.

Diego Carlos and Philippe Coutinho are absent for Villa.

Match preview

Back Brighton and Villa to deal with a goal-laden deal to take us to the World Cup.

The penultimate game before the Premier League enters a six-week lockdown has the makings of something very decent.

Brighton, always fun to watch under Graham Potter, are equally eye-catching under replacement Roberto De Zerbi, but are now adding an end product to the good work of approach.

And while this is just the start, Aston Villa’s two outings under Unai Emery have been fun at both ends of the field.

Punt on both teams to score and over 2.5 goals.

Five of De Zerbi’s eight games in charge of the Seagulls have seen both teams find the net and at least three goals scored, including in each of the last four.

The first of those wins was a 4-1 win over Chelsea, the latest on Wednesday night, an impressive 3-1 success at Arsenal in the League Cup. Granted, it wasn’t a full-strength Gunners, but Brighton looked excellent.

The Italian has made several interesting adjustments to selection and training since joining the Amex and it’s been so good that Albion have won three successive league wins for the first time since October 2018.

And De Zerbi makes an impact with Adam Lallana professing his new boss’ methods are foreign to anything he’s seen before – probably in a good way.

Emery will be less secretive of having already been successful in the Premier League and he’s certainly gotten off to an entertaining start.

Last Sunday the roof came off the Holte End as Villa beat Manchester United 3-1, a result the Red Devils avenged four days later in the League Cup, losing 4-2 winners.

Emery has made plenty of changes for this encounter but it’s clear in just one week that the Spaniard has a positive approach.

Villa did the double against Brighton last season, but that’s probably not very relevant given that neither Potter nor Steven Gerrard are in either technical area anymore.

Brighton have lost just one of their last ten home games and are doing well so clearly deserve the patronage, although it’s not easy to draw too many conclusions about what to expect from the visitors under their new gaffer.

Brighton are probably pretty short and the goals look better given the positive way the squads seem to be set up.

Key stat

Villa have picked up two points from a possible 24 in their last eight away league matches.

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