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On 13/10/2019 at 04:04, sir_gary_cahill said:

Let’s see if that’s still the case at the end of the season, I very much doubt it will be

A home game against Brighton I'm sure CH will start. 

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3 points here and our season starts to look a bit different. I doubt we'll see changes from a side that won 5-1 away.

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On 12/10/2019 at 18:50, villalad21 said:

Never change a winning team!

Same team that started against Norwich for me.

Worked wonders for MON.

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On 12/10/2019 at 06:29, Tomaszk said:

Who will be taking on the starring role of Marlon? Big Kei? Little Trez? Maybe even tiny Doug.

Marlon was brilliant that game. Probably his best game for Villa. I think Petrov was having a mare and got hooked at half time for him

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Match preview and head to head here at flashscore

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.

 

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Connolly electric recently for them. Really started to shine in the cup v us funnily enough.

Him and Maupay big dangers.

I do think we'll come flying out the blocks though. Hopefully be going in 2-0 up.

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We need to start putting these teams to the sword at home. We let Bournemouth and Burnley slip away from us, only getting 1 point. Weirdly enough we got 4 points from Everton and West Ham (Everton turned out to be not so good but it was a good 3 points at the time).

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Lions v Seagulls. Whatever the result on Saturday, our animal would beat their animal in a fight. 

(Probably. Unless it was a particularly vicious seagull).

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On 15/10/2019 at 22:28, PaulC said:

A home game against Brighton I'm sure CH will start. 

I just don’t think he’s good enough for this level, he’s our weak link. The only thing he offers us is his set pieces

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1 hour ago, sir_gary_cahill said:

I just don’t think he’s good enough for this level, he’s our weak link. The only thing he offers us is his set pieces

I'd have him ahead of Trez who looks out of his depth in PL

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2 hours ago, sir_gary_cahill said:

I just don’t think he’s good enough for this level, he’s our weak link. The only thing he offers us is his set pieces

And assists, and goals from open play... 

 

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1 hour ago, Kiwivillan said:

I'd have him ahead of Trez who looks out of his depth in PL

I wouldn’t , for me Trézéguet is a much more natural footballer

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10 minutes ago, It's Your Round said:

And assists, and goals from open play... 

 

What about his general play and reading of the game? There is a reason why Hourihane hadn’t played in the Premier League before this season

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I’m quite happy with his general play, he passes well, has plenty of energy, gets forward at every opportunity and has a great attitude. I will caveat that by saying DM isn’t his best position, as he’s weak in the tackle, not the best at closing down and can often be bypassed easily. When he’s played further forward and given more licence to attack, I think he’s capable of making the step up to Premier League. 
 

I know plenty don’t agree. 

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10 hours ago, robby b said:

Lions v Seagulls. Whatever the result on Saturday, our animal would beat their animal in a fight. 

(Probably. Unless it was a particularly vicious seagull).

Or if the lion had a bag of chips and was sitting on a bench by the sea in Skegness.

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