Aston Villa v Brighton betting tips: Seagulls first up for Gerrard
Preview and odds for Saturday’s Premier League clash
Steven Gerrard takes charge of his first game in the Aston Villa dugout as we seek out some Aston Villa vs Brighton betting tips.
Five straight Premier League defeats saw manager Dean Smith removed and Villa will be hoping the appointment of the former Rangers gaffer will help steer them away from danger.
Brighton, meanwhile, have impressed so far this term and Graham Potter’s side will be attempting to maintain a healthy position in the top half of the table.
Saturday’s game at Villa Park kicks off at 3pm.
Aston Villa v Brighton match odds
Villa’s recent poor form sees them hovering perilously above the relegation zone and Gerrard looks to have an almighty task on his hands if he is to meet the owners’ ambition of a top-half finish.
The hosts are chalked up at 31/20 for a first win in six and and the Villa faithful will take heart from the fact all three of their Premier League wins this term have come on home soil.
Two goalless games for Brighton have been followed by three with at least two goals and over 2.5 is a possibility here at 21/20.
Villa have either led or had a share of the spoils in their last two home games and a double chance bet on Villa or draw pays 2/9 while Brighton can be backed to come on strong and take the second 45 at 21/10.
Aston Villa v Brighton head-to-head
This is only the ninth time these two sides have faced off and it is Villa who hold a slender 3-1 head-to-head advantage, with the other four contests ending in a draw.
The last two fixtures played between these two at Villa Park have ended 2-1 to either side and a repeat of that scoreline in favour of the hosts is 17/2.
For Brighton to take the three points back to the south coast by the same score, you can get 9/1 in Aston Villa v Brighton betting tips.
Aston Villa v Brighton key battles
Even though the main prize eluded Gerrard during his playing career, the Liverpool legend knows all about the Premier League and will be confident he can set his side up for success.
However, in Potter he comes up against an astute tactical mind and it will be intriguing to see how he measures up against one of England’s brightest coaches.
The first task for Gerrard is to sure-up the Villa defence that have conceded 20 goals so far this term.
They have the third worst defence in the league and have let in three or more in three of their last four Premier League fixtures.
All odds and markets correct at date of publication