Aston Villa – Brighton and Hove Albion: Aston Villa begins a promising run of fixtures against hard-luck Brighton at Villa Park on Saturday (Watch live, 10 am ET online via NBCSports.com).;
Insanely unlucky, still, the Seagulls are ninth in expected goals for, fifth in expected goals conceded, and somehow 1W-3D-4L on the season.
Villa is back flying, a 3-0 defeat of Arsenal serving as a solid response to consecutive losses to Southampton and Leeds.
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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Aston Villa – Brighton and Hove Albion
Team news (INJURY REPORT)
Bertrand Traore is back on the bench, though Wesley remains out for Villa, while Tom Heaton and Kourtney Hause are also unavailable.
Lewis Dunk is back from suspension and Solly March is in the Starting XI with Aaron Connolly fit for the bench. Still injured are Florin Andone, Leandro Trossard, Christian Walton, and Jose Izquierdo.
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— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) November 21, 2020
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— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) November 21, 2020
What they’re saying ahead of Aston Villa – Brighton and Hove Albion
Douglas Luiz on earning his first Brazil call-ups: “I’m very proud to be representing my country. It’s the dream of every Brazilian kid, it’s the same here in England. Everyone wants to represent their country. My dream came true because I worked hard. I thank God that I was able to achieve my objective. My new objective is to keep myself there. So, I’m giving my all here at the club. I want to win games, I want to fight to win titles. That’s what I’ll be doing.”
Brighton’s Adam Lallana on his celebrated work ethic: “I remember Mauricio Pochettino saying that he had to drag us off the training pitches at Southampton, but then he would have to drag us back on again. Recently it has been more important than ever for me to train as well as I could when I wasn’t playing. I was having an influence on the young lads coming through and training hard was part of that. What’s the other option, to not train hard? I don’t ever see that as an option.”
Brighton team touches in opposition box per season (league ranking):
• 17/18: 17.6 (14th)
• 18/19: 17.6 (20th)
• 19/20: 23.1 (10th)
• 20/21: 27.8 (4th)
— Albion Analytics (@AlbionAnalytics) November 18, 2020
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Villa is a minor favorite at +120 to win compared to +205 for Brighton. A draw bags the wagerer +250.
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Aston Villa – Brighton and Hove Albion prediction
This could be a sneaky good game, with plenty of clever attacking play. Maybe that means you should bet on a 0-0, but we’re going with Villa 2-2 Brighton.
How to watch Aston Villa – Brighton and Hove Albion stream and start time
Kickoff: 10 am ET Saturday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com