Brighton have a final 3rd chance at the cherry on Sunday, as they look to wrap up the league title in the backyard of Aston Villa; a place where they have never won.
Aston Villa News;
Aston Villa are without numerous players with Jonathan Kodija, Mile Jedinak, Alan Hutton, Gabby Agbonlahor, Andre Green and Russian Hepburn-Murphy are all out for Villa. Villa lost last time out in their final away game of the season, when they went 1-0 down to Blackburn; a second half strike from Danny Graham enough for the relegation threatened team. Kodija is the leading Villa scorer this season with 19 goals.
Form; W, D, L, L, W, L
FACT; Aston Villa have scored in 95% of their home games.
Brighton could have Sam Baldock back in the starting line-up, after finally recovering from a glute injury, but Shane Duffy and Connor Goldson still miss out. Brighton missed the chance to wrap up the title on home soil, after they were defeated 1-0 by Bristol City; a first half Josh Brownhill strike enough to secure City’s safety for another season. Glenn Murray is the leading Albion scorer this season with 22 goals.
Form; W, W, W, W, L, L
FACT; Anthony Knockaert have been directly involved in more goals than any other Championship midfielder (23; 15 goals, 8 assists)
Last Time We Met: BHAFC - AVFC (18/11/16);
Brighton were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Villa; Nathan Baker opened the scoring, before Murray equalized before half-time.
Brighton have won 4 times against Villa while the Birmingham-based side have secured victory 11 times in the 21 previous meetings. Brighton have never won at Villa Park, with the last meeting ending in a 3-2 defeat in the F.A Cup back in 2010. 8 of the 15 game won by either side have been by a single goal, so expect a close match.
Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Pocognoli;
Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, March;
Aston Villa 0-1 Brighton