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Preview: Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion – prediction, team news, line-ups

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Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion will lock horns with each other in Sunday’s final-day showdown at Villa Park. 

Unai Emery has completely changed Villa’s fortunes since he took over the club in November. 

He is now one of the top candidates for the Manager of the Year award alongside Mikel Arteta, Pep Guardiola, Roberto De Zerbi and Eddie Howe

Emery will not be able to lead his side to a top-six finish, but they are strong contenders to secure the Europa Conference League spot by finishing seventh. 

Villa were close to sealing three points from their most recent league encounter at Liverpool, but a late Roberto Firmino goal scuppered their hopes.

Brighton head into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with the champions Manchester City. 

The Citizens looked on course for another win after Phil Foden fired the opener in the 25th minute. 

However, they ultimately had to share the points after Julio Enciso scored a fantastic goal with just seven minutes remaining.

The hard-earned point ensured the Seagulls secured a Europa League spot for next season. 

Team News 

Villa will not be able to select Alex Morena who sustained a thigh injury at Liverpool and will be on the sidelines until August

Jed Steer and Philippe Coutinho will also sit out the game for Emery’s side. 

Several Brighton players will be missing Sunday’s match due to injury issues including Tariq Lamptey, Jeremy Sarmiento and Jakub Moder. 

Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion Potential line-ups 

Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne; McGinn, Kamara, Luiz, Ramsey; Buendia, Watkins.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Steele; Veltman, Dunk, Webster, Estupinan; Caicedo, Gross; Mitoma, Mac Allister, Enciso; Ferguson.

How to Watch? 

Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion, as well as all other top-flight matches in England, can be watched via Premier League live streams.

Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion prediction 

Brighton will likely take their foot off the gas with Europa League qualification already secured.

Villa have huge motivation to win on Sunday as they will be aiming to claim the Europa Conference League spot. 

We are expecting Unai Emery’s side to win this match. 

Aston Villa 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion.

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