- Both teams have scored in each of the last four meetings between Brighton and Aston Villa
- Brighton are unbeaten in five Premier League fixtures.
- Aston Villa have scored at least once in eight of their last 10 league games.
- Brighton have scored exactly one goal in four of their last five matches.
Baggies running out of time
Nothing short of a win against Brighton will do if WBA are to rekindle their flickering survival hopes, though Albion’s lack of punch in the final third could hamper their chances again on Saturday.
West Brom have scored just nine goals in 12 Premier League fixtures since Sam Allardyce’s appointment in December, and they looked woefully short of quality up front again in their 0-0 draw at Burnley last time out.
Big Sam has never been relegated from the Premier League during his managerial career, however, that he will almost certainly lose that proud record if his team can’t find a way to improve their output.
Seagulls slip up
Brighton somehow contrived to lose at home to Crystal Palace in their last top flight test, despite racking up 25 attempts to the Eagles’ three in 2-1 reverse that was hard to digest.
Monday’s frustrating defeat pushed Brighton’s winless run to three games, and Albion’s inability to turn promising approach play into goals continues to hold them back.
The Seagulls have now scored one or fewer goals in nine of their last ten league assignments, and with Fulham gaining ground behind them, relegation fears are starting to heighten.
Few goals expected at the Hawthorns
Under 2.5 goals were produced in eight of Brighton’s last ten league tests, and excitement levels aren’t expected to rise when Albion take on a toothless WBA team at the Hawthorns.
West Brom have plundered just three goals in six Premier League matches on home soil under Sam Allardyce’s watch, and though they have conceded plenty at the other end, Brighton lack the killer touch to take advantage of their host’s substandard defending.
The evidence suggests that backing under 2.5 goals to be scored again looks the smartest play for Saturday, while our correct score prediction forecasts a repeat of the teams’ 1-1 draw from their reverse fixture in October.
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