Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Aston Villa and Brighton square off against each other at Villa Park in what is expected to be a close Premier League encounter. The Villans did well to beat Chelsea in their last league match, with the team climbing to 6th place in the standings and a triumph over Brighton could see them climb to the Champions League berth. All Tyrone Mings, Diego Carlos, Emiliano Buendia, and Tim Iroegbunam are sidelined with injuries, while Bertrand Traore faces race against clock to be fit for Saturday’s encounter.
The Seagulls, on the other hand, have been scoring goals for fun in the Premier League of late and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Given Aston Villa’s attacking potential at home ground, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Kaoru Mitoma is widely expected to return to the starting XI after scoring a brace against Bournemouth, while all Julio Enciso, Pascal Gross, and James Milner remain on the sidelines with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Joel Veltman):
Joel Veltman is a Dutch footballer who was born in Velsen on 15 January, 1992. Veltman started his youth career at VV Ijmuiden and in 2011 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In the 2012/2013 Eredivisie campaign he played for the first team and he made seven league appearances for the Amsterdammers back then.
The centre back, who plays as a right back as well made six appearances for Jong Ajax as well, scoring one goal for the team in the Eerste Divisie. Veltman has 8 caps for Netherlands U20 team and he made his debut for the first team in November 2013 against Colombia. He started the match and he played 90 minutes in the goalless draw with the South American side.
Joel Veltman represented the Oranje at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It has to be noted that the Dutch defender made 34 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign, scoring one goal in the process. In the 2013/2014 season he won his second Eredivisie trophy with Ajax.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa is one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946.
Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well.
The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.