AVFC v BHAFC (7/5/17) | Match Preview

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 News;

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 [1]-[1] 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.

H-2-H;

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.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, March;

Baldock, Murray;

Prediction;

Aston Villa 0-1 Brighton

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