Only managing to scrape a 0-0 draw away at St. James’ Park over the weekend, Brighton will be looking to pick up a much-needed victory and a spot in the fourth round of this year’s EFL Cup when Aston Villa travel to the Amex on Wednesday night.
Despite Saturday evenings trip to the North West being described as a September six-pointer, Graham Potter’s men have failed to win any of their last five Premier League appearances and have not picked up maximum points since the opening weekend.
On the flip side, Wednesday’s hosts are not the only side who are in desperate need of a morale boost.
Throwing away two late goals and leaving the Emirates empty-handed, a returning Aston Villa side are enduring their own winless run and have now dropped consecutive points against Arsenal, West Ham, and Crystal Palace.
Two sides in the midst of a minor struggle, you might be interested to know that the two previous meetings between Brighton and Villa have ended in a 1-1 draw and a similar outcome can be found at 11/2 with Bet365.
Brighton’s attacking issues continue
Although new Brighton boss Graham Potter may have been left happy by his sides display away at Newcastle over the weekend, the Seagulls have begun to stall since registering a 3-0 win over Watford on the opening weekend.
Now collecting just three points out of a possible 15 and enduring a five-match winless run, the South Coast side are also still looking for their first victory at the Amex since Potter’s arrival.
On a remarkable run that has seen them fail to win any of their last eight top-flight matches on home soil, a run that stems back to the 2nd of March, the Seagulls can be found at 11/10 with SkyBet to end their winless run in midweek with an EFL Cup victory.
While many around the country might be impressed by the style of play that Potter has brought over from Swansea over the summer, there still remains some worrying issues in the final third.
Despite bringing in the likes of Neal Maupay in a £20million deal during the transfer window and creating a string of opportunities at St. James’ over the weekend, Brighton have recorded just a single strike in their last four Premier League appearances.
Even more worrying, the Seagulls have remarkably drawn a blank in nine of their last 15 matches against top-flight opposition and you might be interested to know that Wednesday’s hosts can be found at 3/1 with Ladbrokes to once again endure a baron run in the final third.
Villa in need of a response
Despite taking the lead twice at the Emirates on Sunday and playing a large spell of the game against Arsenal’s 10-men, Dean Smith’s men shipped two late goals and left North London on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline.
Despite breaking the £100million barrier on new faces over the summer, the Claret and Blues have won just one of their opening six matchups.
More worrying, losing each of their opening three Premier League matches outside of the Midlands, Villa have also now lost their last 10 consecutive matches on the road against top-flight opposition.
While their display in the capital may have impressed many of the neutrals, Villa’s sluggish start has seen them tipped as one of the leading contenders in the race for the drop this season.
Smith’s men are currently pencilled in at 6/4 with Bet365 to book an immediate Championship return come May, only behind Newcastle who sit at 6/5.
If Villa are to leave the Amex with a spot in the fourth round intact, then the former Brentford boss will be looking for big-money signing Wesley to lead their charge on Wednesday.
While the 22-year-old may have divided many around Villa Park following his £25million move from Club Brugge over the summer, Villa’s #1 striker did find the net at the Emirates on Sunday and can be found at 5/2 with Ladbrokes to extend that tally in midweek.