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Some interesting stats.
Though this season has seen Aston Villa pick up only two Premier League (PL) clean sheets, Villa have at least started well, with seven first-half clean sheets in eight games. The hosts have been leading at the break in five of those eight games, but have dropped eight points from winning positions.
Also of significance is the fact that Villa have conceded ten of the 12 PL goals scored against them after the break. However, they are unbeaten in the last eight competitive H2Hs (W5, D3), managing four clean sheets during that sequence.
The second half of games often prove important for Brighton too, with five of their eight league goals scored, and eight of ten conceded, coming after the break. Staying true to this theme, five of Brighton’s eight PL games this season have been goalless at the break.
The visitors themselves have failed to score a first-half PL goal in six of those eight games above. Furthermore, the ‘Seagulls’ have struggled with their scoring away from home, scoring just once before the hour mark in their four PL away games.
Players to watch: Anwar El Ghazi (ASV) has scored both of his PL goals at home this season, giving Villa the lead or extending it. Meanwhile, Neal Maupay has been Brighton’s first or last goal scorer with each of his three PL goals, whilst also giving or extending the Seagulls’ lead.
Stat attack: Half of Villa’s PL goals this season (six of 12) have been conceded in the last ten minutes of play.
So far this season, Villa’s record as a home favourite with bookmakers stands at: W0, D1, L1.
Brighton have failed to score in each of their last three PL road trips.
Six of Brighton’s eight PL matches have seen the same result at half-time and full-time.