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BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion
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Aston Villa
Trossard (38')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Grealish (75')
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Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Aston Villa - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Aston Villa - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews the Premier League meeting between Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, including predictions and team news.
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Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Aston Villa to the American Express Community Stadium on Saturday, with both sides looking to move away from the relegation zone.

Brighton have improved with the ball under Graham Potter but remain just three points clear of the bottom three, while Villa sit 18th, one point adrift of safety.


Match preview


Brighton come into this match off the back of a poor run of form, having picked up just five points from their last six Premier League matches.

A 1-0 defeat last time out against Everton at Goodison Park was the latest match in a difficult run for the Seagulls, during which they faced Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United and Chelsea.

However, Brighton's home form has been a strong point this season, with the South coast side picking up four wins and four draws at the Amex.

A win could see Potter's side climb as high as 13th, but a defeat could see them fall into the drop zone.

Villa too come into this match off the back of a loss after they were beaten 6-1 at home by Manchester City.

It was a chastening result for Dean Smith's side, who had won two of their past three matches before the visit of the champions.

A key issue for the Villans this season has been their form on the road, picking up just seven points away from Villa Park in the league.

The Midlands side have already beaten Brighton twice this season though, winning 3-1 at the Amex in the EFL Cup and securing a 2-1 win in the Premier League reverse fixture.

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Team News


Brighton will hope to have Aaron Mooy fit after he missed their trip to Everton, while Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Shane Duffy should be fine to play following scares during the week.

Jose Izquierdo and Dan Burn will miss the match, but could return as early as next month.

Aston Villa remain in the midst of an injury crisis, with Wesley and Tom Heaton both ruled out until August.

John McGinn is still out but could return as soon as late February, while Matt Targett could make his return this weekend.

Finally, new signing Pepe Reina should make his debut after securing his loan move from AC Milan.

Brighton possible starting lineup:
Ryan; Webster, Duffy, Dunk; Montoya, Stephens, Propper, Bernardo; Mooy, Maupay, Trossard

Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Reina; Elmohamady, Mings, Ngoyo, Taylor; Nakamba, Drinkwater, Hourihane; Grealish, El Ghazi, Trezeguet



We say: Brighton 1-1 Aston Villa

Both sides come into this fixture low on confidence and with injuries blighting their squads. As a result, expect a close, cagey affair, with neither side quite able to create enough chances to force a winner.


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