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[Albion] Brighton & Hove Albion vs Aston Villa *** Official Match Thread ***

Dick Head

Jan 3, 2010

Albion v Aston Villa


The American Express Stadium
Date: Sunday 5th May 2024
Kick-off: 14:00 BST
Referee: Robert Jones
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Wade Smith
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell
VAR: Michael Oliver
Additional VAR: Dan Cook


Adam Lallana is the latest addition to Brighton's lengthy injury list.

James Milner, Tariq Lamptey, Pervis Estupinan, Evan Ferguson, Jack Hinshelwood, Solly March, Jan Paul van Hecke and Kaoru Mitoma all remain out.

Aston Villa may have goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez available again following a hamstring issue.

Alex Moreno and Youri Tielemans will also be assessed, while Nicolo Zaniolo returned from injury as a substitute against Olympiacos on Thursday.



  • Brighton have lost the past five Premier League meetings by an aggregate score of 14-3.
  • Aston Villa could win six consecutive league games against a single opponent for the first time since doing so against local rivals Birmingham City between 2005-10.
  • Albion's most recent top-flight home victory against Villa was 1-0 in December 1980.
  • Brighton's only victory in their last nine Premier League games was 1-0 against Nottingham Forest in March (D3, L5).
  • The Seagulls could concede three or more goals in three consecutive league fixtures for the first time since 2011 when they were in the Championship.
  • Roberto De Zerbi's side have failed to score in eight league matches in 2024, more than any other team.
  • The only goal they have scored in their last five league outings was an own goal by Burnley goalkeeper Arijanet Muric in a 1-1 draw.
  • Joao Pedro is without a goal in his last five appearances in all competitions.
  • Danny Welbeck's next start will be his 200th in the Premier League.
Aston Villa
  • Aston Villa are unbeaten in their past four Premier League games (W2, D2). Unai Emery's side have led by two goals in each of those matches.
  • They need just three more points to reach 70 this season, which would be their highest tally in the top flight since 1989-90.
  • The Villans have scored 73 league goals, their most in a top-flight season and one more than in their title-winning campaign in 1980-81.
  • Morgan Rogers has scored three goals and provided an assist in his last five league matches.
  • Ollie Watkins has six goals in four Premier League appearances against Brighton, more than he has scored against any other opposition in the division.
  • Watkins has six goals and two assists across his last five away league outings.
  • The England striker is one short of becoming the first Villa player to score 20 top-flight goals in a season since Peter Withe in 1980-81.

Roberto De Zerbi's Aston Villa Press Conference

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Harry Wilson's tackle

Harry Wilson's Tackle
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Oct 8, 2003
Really looking forward to a lovely day out, with my gout down to 10% of the problem it was 5 days ago.

Feb 23, 2009
Brighton factually.....
Well it certainly is a gorgeous day here in BTown, and I’m kinda optimistically feeling pessimistic about today.
gotta be beer O’clock soon surely

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