Aston Villa host Brighton & Hove Albion in an interesting European battle in the Premier League at Saturday lunchtime. The two sides have ambitions to finish inside the top six this year and games like this can be the difference.

We have picked out some of the best markets on offer in this exciting clash.

Aston Villa vs Brighton Betting Tips

  • Draw or Brighton (Double Chance) and Over 2.5 goals – 11/8
  • Kaoru Mitoma to score anytime – 15/8

Team news

Aston Villa’s long-term absentees continue to be Tyrone Mings and Emiliano Buendia, who are both set to miss most, if not all of the season. The Villans are also likely to be without Alex Moreno, Bertrand Traore and Diego Carlos for the visit of Brighton.

The Seagulls are going to be missing Julio Enciso, Pascal Groß and James Milner for the trip to the West Midlands.

Draw or Brighton (Double Chance) and Over 2.5 goals @ 11/8

Brighton have enjoyed a grand start in the Premier League, picking up exactly where they left off last year under their exciting manager Roberto De Zerbi. They have won five out of their six opening league matches this term, losing just once against West Ham United.

They will feel like they still have much more to come, but there is so much positivity surrounding them at the moment, and why not as the model club of the country.

Aston Villa will also be pushing for more this year. After finishing eighth and entering the Europa Conference League qualifiers, they will seek a higher league table finish so that they can better their chances of competing in one of the higher European competitions next year.

Unai Emery has worked wonders at Villa Park since his arrival last year and from nowhere, Villa have gone from floating just above the relegation zone, to a side looking nailed on to finish inside the top half on a consistent basis. They will give the Seagulls a challenge when they meet on Saturday, and on paper, this will be Brighton’s toughest test of the season so far.

This does feel like a game that will see a flurry of goals with both sides having stacks of quality within their ranks. Home advantage could help Villa, but Brighton are never fazed by their surroundings and will continue to play their way. It is very difficult to see them losing on this occasion, but a win isn’t guaranteed.

Kaoru Mitoma to score anytime @ 15/8

Japan international Kaoru Mitoma was Brighton’s brightest star last year and he is continuing to showcase his incredible technical abilities on the Premier League stage. He has three goals and three assists to his name in the top flight so far, and he will be hungry for more.

Mitoma bagged a brace last time out, as his side came from behind to beat south coast rivals Bournemouth 3-1 at the Amex Stadium. He is one of De Zerbi’s key figures and if they are to enjoy another profitable campaign, Mitoma will be integral to it.

He had to settle for a place on the bench to begin with against the Cherries last time out but after his brilliant combinations after coming on, he will likely be thrown in from the start against Villa.

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