Aston Villa recorded a massive win right before the international break and were in really good shape. They will only hope they didn’t lose that shape when they will host Brighton on Saturday. Brighton also won their last match before the break, a quite strong win over Tottenham. The two teams will now fight to return from the break with a win.
Date/Time: 10-19-2019, 10:00 EST
Spread: Brighton +0.25
Total: 2.5 Goals
Aston Villa (2-4-2) are coming into this match after a dominant 5-1 away win against Norwich. They quickly grabbed their opponents by the throat, taking a two-goal lead by the 30th minute. Wesley had a chance for a hattrick but missed on a penalty kick. Aston Villa went on to score three more goals by the end of the match, conceding just once. They have been in pretty solid shape lately, with just one loss in their last five matches in all competitions (2-1-2). Aston Villa are sitting at the 15th spot of the Premier League with 8 points, scoring 13 and conceding 12 goals so far. They have a 1-1-2 record at home, keeping two clean sheets but conceding twice in each of their other two matches.
On the other hand, Brighton (2-3-3) are did a really good job in their last match before the break, when they blasted Tottenham by a massive 0-3. They took an early lead and doubled that at the 32nd minute. Brighton sealed the deal with another goal at the 65th minute for the final 0-3. However, that win came after a five-match win-less streak in all competitions (0-3-2), where they had scored just two goals. Brighton are now sitting at the 14th spot of the league table with 9 points, just as many as Sheffield United and Manchester United above them. They have been mediocre on the road so far (1-2-1), failing to score in their last three.
The two teams met earlier in the season, where Aston Villa beat Brighton by 3-1 on the road in the Carabao Cup. They are undefeated in all four matches against Brighton over the years (2-0-2). But all four matches featured goals from both sides. Brighton have scored away goals only against the struggling Watford this season. Aston Villa have been much more promising so I will back them up here.
Premier League Aston Villa vs Brighton Prediction: Aston Villa -0.25 (+105)
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