Brighton vs Aston Villa – preview and prediction – team news, and lineups

Brighton vs Aston Villa – Two teams aiming to build on eye-catching midweek wins in the Premier League face off at Selhurst Park on Saturday, as Crystal Palace takes on Burnley.

The Eagles ran out 4-1 winners at Watford on Wednesday evening, while Sean Dyche’s side took another step towards survival by beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0.

Both of these teams are currently on a shaky stretch in which they are allowing a lot of goals. With the season coming to a close, it’s unclear whether these two will be able to qualify for one of the European tournaments. The distance needed to clear the cut-off is currently too great.

Brighton are now in ninth place in the table, with only seven wins to their name so far this season. At the same time, Villa is in 12th position in the table, with only eight wins to their name.

It’s also worth noting that both sides have given up a lot of goals in previous head-to-head matches. Given these findings, Saturday’s game at the Amex Stadium should be a high-scoring affair.

Brighton vs Aston Villa – Team News:

In the Watford triumph, Crystal Palace picked up no new injury concerns, although Nathan Ferguson, Vicente Guaita, and Joel Ward remain doubts ahead of tomorrow’s match.

Guaita’s knee injury kept him out of Wednesday’s game entirely, therefore Nathaniel Clyne should take over at right-back in place of Ward, who is still recovering from a knock.

Burnley’s James Tarkowski was fit enough to return to the backline against Tottenham, but Ashley Westwood, another COVID-19 victim, did not play.

Dyche is also concerned about Maxwel Cornet’s fitness after the Ivory Coast midfielder missed Wednesday’s win due to an Achilles problem, while Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Matej Vydra remain sidelined.

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:

Butland; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; McArthur, Kouyate, Gallagher; Olise, Mateta, Zaha

Burnley possible starting lineup:

Pope; Roberts, Mee, Tarkowski, Pieters; Lennon, Cork, Brownhill, McNeil; Weghorst, Cornet

Brighton vs Aston Villa – Head-to-Head:

Brighton vs Aston Villa

Our Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals

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