What channel is Brighton vs Aston Villa on? Kick-off time, TV & stream details, latest team news

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Both Villa and Brighton are looking to bounce back from losses last time out

It comes full circle for Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard when his side suit up to take on Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon.

The former Liverpool captain’s first test after he was announced as the new Head Coach at Villa Park came in the shape of Graham Potter’s Brighton, a test which the claret & blue emphatically passed when they landed themselves a 2-0 win.

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It’s not been plain sailing since though. After a classic case of the “new manager bounce” early doors, recent weeks have proven more difficult for Gerrard.

One win in 2022 simply isn’t good enough for a team that have the aspirations that this Villa one have and it’s a record that needs shelving and fast.

The initial game against the Seagulls back in November steered the Villans on to the right path, Gerrard will be hoping this one can deliver a similar outcome.

Gerrard celebrates Villa’s success in his first game in chargeGerrard celebrates Villa’s success in his first game in charge
Gerrard celebrates Villa’s success in his first game in charge | Getty Images

When and where is the match?

Brighton vs Aston Villa takes place at Brighton’s American Express Community Stadium on Saturday 26 February.

Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00 (GMT).

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Is Brighton vs Aston Villa on TV?

No. Due to the 3PM blackout that is in place for football games in the UK, Brighton vs Villa won’t be available to watch on live TV.

VillaTV will be delivering live match commentary should you wish to listen and full highlights will be available to watch on Match Of The Day at 22:20 on BBC One.

Who is the match referee?

John Brooks will be in charge of the contest on Saturday with Neil Davies and Matthew Wilkes as his assistants.

David Coote is on fourth official duties whilst VAR will be manned by Michael Oliver and Scott Ledger.

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This will be just the third Premier League game that Brooks has officiated this season. He awarded seven yellow cards and one penalty kick in his previous two.

Team news

Marvelous Nakamba remains a long-term absentee for Villa but his return is finally edging closer.

Bertrand Traore is out once again following the injury he picked up after his return from AFCON but Leon Bailey is now fit to start from the off.

Ezri Konsa will also return from his two match suspension and could come straight back into the eleven.

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Brighton will be without Adam Webster and Enock Mwepu through injury but welcome back Lewis Dunk from suspension.

Potter also confirmed that there is a bit of illness running through the camp at the minute but didn’t confirm how many or who exactly was suffering with that.

Form guide (all competitions)

Brighton: DDLWLL

Aston Villa: LDWDLL

Head-to-head record

Saturday’s meeting will just be the 29th time the two teams have faced in their history with Villa having the better of the overall record.

The claret & blue have 14 wins to Brighton’s five with nine wins sandwiched in between.

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Gerrard did of course win his first game as Villa boss against Brighton earlier this season, goals from Ollie Watkins and Tyrone Mings giving the claret & blue a big three points that day.

Betting odds

Brighton: 23/20

Draw: 23/10

Aston Villa: 12/5

(Correct with SkyBet as of Friday 25 February)

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