It’s been an entertaining start to Aston Villa’s Premier League (PL) campaign with their fixtures producing an average of 3.86 goals per match (W5, L2). They’ve been dangerous as games progress, with 61.11% of their league goals arriving after HT and they are yet to concede after the 75th minute. Villa have also scored first in five of their seven PL matches this season (W5).

However, they’ve lost their last two games at Villa Park, and have conceded 2+ goals in three straight PL outings here (W1, L2). Subsequently, they’ve only led at HT in one of their four PL home fixtures this term, and haven’t drawn here in nine such games (W4, L5).

After registering their 12th PL goalless draw since their top-flight promotion in 2017 (more than any other side during that period), Brighton & Hove Albion are winless in six PL matches (D3, L3), scoring an average of 1.17 goals per game therein. Ominously, they haven’t beaten Villa in a competitive fixture since 1980 (D4, L6) although both teams scored in all six H2Hs held from 2010 onwards (D3, L3).

The ‘Seagulls’ have at least netted in all four of their PL away games this season (W1, D1, L2) with three witnessing the same HT/FT outcome. Additionally, ahead of the round they are the only PL team to have received more than one red card on the road (two).

Villa have recorded some impressive results but Brighton have also shown they can be a formidable team. Chances for a draw are high for this one, and Betpay offers incredible odds of 3.80 for a stalemate.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton

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