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Aston Villa v Brighton: match preview

Aston Villa will beat Brighton easily if they play as they did when embarrassing Arsenal at the Emirates before the break. Life has been a little tougher at Villa Park though – Liverpool demolition aside – and Dean Smith is likely to have warned his team against overconfidence. Graham Potter’s side have flashed in attack in spots this season but have struggled for creativity recently with three goals in their past four matches. The logic behind counting on a proven poor finisher in Danny Welbeck and an ageing Adam Lallana should be questioned. On the flip side Lewis Dunk’s return strengthens an already stout defence that could limit Villa’s relative potency. Potter has had enough to time to plot a much-needed win but does he have the talent to execute? Possibly not. Graham Searles

Saturday 3pm BT Sport 1

Venue Villa Park

Last season Aston Villa 2 Brighton 1

Odds H 13-10 A 9-4 D 11-4

Referee Michael Oliver

This season G7 Y15 R1 2.28 cards/game


Subs from Kalinic, Steer, Taylor, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Jota, Elmohamady, Davis, Ramsey, Chrisene, Hourihane, Heaton, Hause, Trezeguet

Doubtful Hause (groin)

Injured Wesley (knee, Jan), Engels (hamstring, unknown), Guilbert (chest, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y14 R0


Leading scorer Watkins 6


Subs from Sánchez, Steele, Mac Allister, Bernardo, Sanders, Molumby, Weir, Emmerson, Dendoncker, Connolly, Trossard, Alzate, Pröpper

Doubtful Trossard (match fitness), Pröpper (ill)

Injured Andone (knee, unknown), Izquierdo (match fitness, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y12 R2


Leading scorer Maupay 4

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