Aston Villa vs Brighton Predicted Lineups: Can Emery’s wily side outwit De Zerbi’s dazzling Seagulls?

Aston Villa vs Brighton Predicted Lineups – Aston Villa aim to build on their winning momentum when they host the dangerous Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park this Saturday afternoon. The Villains will need to be at their clinical best to hand Roberto de Zerbi’s side only their second loss of the league campaign.

Aston Villa vs Brighton Predicted Lineups and Team News

Coming off their cheeky 1-0 win over Chelsea, Unai Emery’s side looked to have stabilised their form. Yet, a 2-1 defeat to Everton in midweek Carabao Cup action was a further indication of how Villa may struggle to balance a battle on two fronts, having also lost in their Europa Conference League opener to Legia Warsaw after 14 years without an appearance in any European group stage.

Meanwhile, Brighton have stormed through most of their Premier League opposition this season and are already in the top 3 with five wins out of six games. De Zerbi’s men are producing some scintillating attacking football and will look to expose Villa’s vulnerabilities and humiliate them at home.

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Team News: Aston Villa

Jacob Ramsey missed Aston Villa’s Carabao Cup loss to Everton on Wednesday due to an injury he sustained in the win over Chelsea. There is still uncertainty over whether he’ll be ready to feature in the game against Brighton, even though his knock isn’t a serious one.

Villa’s influential midfielder Emiliano Buendia is out for the rest of the season because of an awful knee injury. Tyrone Mings has also been ruled out for this campaign after he got injured last month. Diego Carlos is also likely to miss this.

However, Alex Moreno and Bertrand Traore are close to returning, and could perhaps play a part in this one.

Aston Villa Predicted Lineup

Emiliano Martinez, Matty Cash, Ezra Konsa, Pau Torres, Lucas Digne, Boubacar Kamara, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Moussa Diaby, Nicolo Zaniolo, Ollie Watkins

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Aston Villa’s John McGinn. – Photo by Icon sport

Team News: Brighton

The Seagulls are going to be without some key midfielders in their trip to Villa Park. Pascal Gross is still out of action with a muscle injury he sustained recently and is not expected to be back until after the October international break.

A similar case is also keeping summer signing James Milner out of action and he isn’t expected to return anytime soon either. Exciting midfielder Julio Enciso remains on the sidelines with a knee injury, and his tentative return date is November.

Jakub Moder is also out with a knee issue, with there being little clarity on when he’ll get back to action.

Brighton Predicted Lineup

Bart Verbruggen, Tariq Lamptey, Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster, Pervis Estupinan, Billy Gilmour, Mahmoud Dahoud, Simon Adingra, Danny Welbeck, Kaoru Mitoma, Joao Pedro

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Brighton and Hove Albion’s Kaoru Mitoma (left) crosses into the box while under pressure from West Ham United’s Vladimir Coufal during the Premier League match at the AMEX, Brighton and Hove. Picture date: Saturday August 26, 2023. – Photo by Icon sport

Will Nicolo Zaniolo score against Brighton?

Nicolo Zaniolo has added a unique creative spark to Aston Villa’s attack after adapting to his new environment in the Premier League. Despite averaging 1.3 key passes and 1.5 dribbles completed per 90 minutes in the league, Zaniolo is yet to get a goal contribution.

This could be the perfect platform for him to win over the Villa fans. He faces a Brighton side that hasn’t kept any clean sheet this season and conceded four goals in their last three games. Zaniolo could take advantage of their attack-minded style by getting into open spaces and causing havoc.

The Italian midfielder has that innovative spark in him, knowing how to send his teammates through on goal or deliver menacing crosses. He’ll look to outwit the Brighton backline by doing that, especially in the transitional situations.

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Aston Villa vs Brighton Predicted Lineups – What to expect

This Aston Villa vs Brighton clash should be an enticing battle of conflicting styles. While the Seagulls should dominate possession, the Villains are capable of withstanding pressure and are a menacing force on the counter-attack, which could make this quite the end-to-end thriller.

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